On March 26, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced its 21st anniversary. Back in 1993, a team of eight developers developed a web server software called Apache HTTP Server, known as the Apache Group, Apache The name comes from the Apache nation of the Amerindians, known for its excellent war strategy and endurance.
On March 25, 1999, the Apache Group registered ASF, which is classified as a non-profit company. The founding membership grew to 21.
Twenty-one years on, the foundation has grown to 765 individual members, 206 project committees, and more than 7,600 submitters responsible for 350 open source projects worth more than $20 billion in code libraries.
These code bases have long crossed the boundaries of HTTP servers and have been at the top of the list with Nginx in this area. Today’s Apache open source project covers every aspect of computing, managing EB-level data, performing billions of calculations, and storing trillions of objects.
Amazingly, all of these open source projects are 100% free and free of charge, i.e. free and open source (FOSS, Free and open-source software). The foundation relies only on corporate and individual donations and has been functioning well to become the world’s largest open source foundation.
The Apache Foundation has always adhered to community-driven innovation
ASF attributes this success to a unique, community-led innovation: the Apache Way.
The first is to operate independently and not rely on suppliers. No organization, including sponsors, has control over the direction of the project or any privileges.
And everyone has the opportunity to participate based on their contribution to the community, and their personal identity is not subject to actual employers or employment relationships.
All communications related to code and decision making are publicly accessible, ensuring asynchronous collaboration among ASF’s globally distributed communities.
The technical decision-making power for each Apache project is assigned to an independent project committee, not to the foundation’s board of directors.
This “Apache approach” has become a benchmark for collaborative computing and has even influenced many companies’ internal open source methods, including Microsoft, Google, IBM and many others.
The Apache Foundation manages intellectual property, and project decisions are made by the project committees.
Good ecology drives communities, and dozens of enterprise-level Apache projects redefine the industry. Apache supports industry applications ranging from artificial intelligence to big data to edge computing, including:
SF Express, a Chinese courier company, uses Apache SkyWalking to ship globally;
Alibaba processes more than 2.5 billion records per second using Apache Flink’s Merchandise Information Center and real-time customer recommendations;
The European Space Agency’s Jupiter spacecraft mission control system, supported by Apache Karaf, Apache Maven and Apache Groovy;
Netflix uses Apache Druid to manage its 1.5 trillion lines of data warehouses to manage what users see when they click on Netflix;
Uber’s 100-peta data lake uses Apache Hudi to power power in near real time, supporting everything from warehouses to advanced machine learning;
Amazon, DataStax, IBM, Microsoft, Neo4j, NBC and many others use Apache Tinkerpop to write complex traversal programs in their graphics databases;
The Global Biodiversity Information Fund uses Apache Beam, Hadoop, HBase, Lucene, Spark and others to provide free biodiversity data and nearly 1.4 billion location records from nearly 1,600 institutions and more than 1 million species to researchers;
China Telecom Bestpay uses Apache ShardingSphere to expand 10 billion data sets for mobile payments across more than 30 applications;
Apple’s Siri uses Apache HBase to complete a global loop copy in 10 seconds;
And Apache HTTP Server supports hundreds of millions of websites around the world.
In addition to the 21st anniversary of ASF, these projects also have their own birthdays, ranging from 15 to 25 years. There are also 45 projects under development in the Apache incubator, covering AI, big data, blockchain, cloud computing, cryptography, deep learning, hardware, Internet of Things, machine learning, microservices, mobile, operating systems, testing, visualization, and many others.
This may be the charm of open source and community, a tribute to this amazing Apache Software Foundation.