Hello everyone --as promised, we are live:
 - ASF "Foundation" blog https://s.apache.org/Slah
 - @TheASF Twitter feed https://twitter.com/TheASF/status/821660992522297344
 - NEW! ASF LinkedIn page 
... as well as to announce@ and our dedicated media/analyst list. This will 
appear on the apache.org homepage and archives during the next auto-update, 
which should take place within the hour.
Thanks again for all your help and a job well done!
Sally = = = = =  vox +1 617 921 8656gvox +1 646 598 4616skype sallykhudairi

      From: Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org>
 To: Denis Magda <dma...@apache.org>; Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> 
Cc: "dev@ignite.apache.org" <dev@ignite.apache.org>
 Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:52 PM
 Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Ignite 1.8.0 Released
OK great; thanks, Denis!
I've accepted almost all suggestions, except for the ones that align with ASF 
editorial house style (= "look" vs. meaning).
Kind thanks,Sally

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 On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 13:41, Denis Magda<dma...@apache.org> wrote:  Hi Sally,
I’ve finished on my side. Please see my suggestions in the google doc.
If anyone else is willing to review the announcement please do it by 18.00 PM 
EST (15.00 PST).

On Jan 17, 2017, at 9:20 AM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:
Hi everyone --just confirming that we'll need to lock in the copy in ~6 hours 
in order to announce tomorrow morning.
Denis, if you can please forward the copy when ready so the PMC has a chance to 
review in time, that would be great.
Thanks so much,
Sally = = = = =  vox +1 617 921 8656gvox +1 646 598 4616skype sallykhudairi

      From: Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org>
 To: Denis Magda <dma...@apache.org>; "s...@apache.org" <s...@apache.org> 
Cc: "dev@ignite.apache.org" <dev@ignite.apache.org>
 Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:20 AM
 Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Ignite 1.8.0 Released
Excellent. Thank you, Denis.
Enjoy the day!

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 On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 9:12, Denis Magda<dma...@apache.org> wrote:  Thanks, 
Sally. Confirm that I could access and edit the doc. 
Sure, I’ll finish the editing by that time. Most likely this will be the first 
thing to do on Tuesday.

On Jan 15, 2017, at 3:07 AM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:
Oh wow --Denis, thank you!
I must say, the documentation on Ignite is exhaustive and comprehensive, so 
pulling things together was an "embarrassment of riches" experience <g>. Gold 
Star to the PMC --I'll definitely use this as an example for other projects to 

OK...I just sent you editing credentials, and look forward to locking in the 
copy hopefully by 6PM ET on Tuesday so we can go live Wednesday morning.
Does that work for you?
Kind thanks again,Sally

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 On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 23:38, Denis Magda<dma...@apache.org> wrote:  Sally, 
You understood everything perfectly well producing such a clear and great 
article! Not sure that anyone could write better ;)
Please give editing permissions to my google account (magda7...@gmail.com). 
I’ll fill in the missing part.

On Jan 14, 2017, at 9:01 AM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:
Hello, everyone --as promised, below is the draft so far. Here's hoping I 
understood everything correctly <g>
Kindly note that we'll need to fill in the "@@" under the hood section on v1.8 
(this part can be technical and developer-focused, whilst the rest of the 
document should be tech-lite = understandable for journalists who are geeky but 
not technologists). I'll be happy to provide editing credentials on the 
googledoc to those requesting it.
Do keep in mind that this is not a press release, so the format is different 
from what we're used to (I launched the "Have you met...?" series with 
Mahout[1] back in 2010 to great media interest: coverage within 24 hours). We 
can also work together on establishing a template for you to use for future 
project announcements.
As always, comments/corrections/additions welcome!
Thanks so much,Sally
= = =
The ASF asks: Have you met Apache Ignite?
Since 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has been recognized as a 
leading source for an array of Open Source software and tools that meet the 
demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. The 
all-volunteer ASF develops, stewards, and incubates dozens of enterprise-grade 
Open Source projects that power mission-critical applications in financial 
services, aerospace, publishing, government, healthcare, research, 
infrastructure, and more. From Abdera to ZooKeeper, the demand for ASF's 
reliable, community-driven software continues to grow dramatically across many 
categories, including Cloud, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, 
Mobile, and Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the 
Did you know that numerous Fortune 500 enterprises depend on Apache Ignite’s 
in-memory "Fast Data" platform to process large-scale data sets in real-time, 
at orders of magnitude faster than traditional technologies?
We are pleased to showcase Apache Ignite, the high-performance In-Memory Data 
Fabric that provides in-memory data caching, partitioning, processing, and 
querying components.
Quick peek: Apache Ignite is an integrated and distributed In-Memory Data 
Fabric for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, 
orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash 
technologies. It is designed to easily power both existing and new applications 
in a distributed, massively parallel architecture on affordable, 
industry-standard hardware.
Background: Originally created at GridGain as its flagship in-memory computing 
(IMC) platform, Ignite entered the Apache Incubator in September 2014 and 
graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project in August 2015.
Why Ignite: Apache Ignite addresses today's Fast Data needs by providing a 
comprehensive in-memory data fabric, which includes a data grid with SQL and 
transactional capabilities, in-memory streaming, an in-memory file system, and 
Heavily benchmarked, Ignite has been built from the ground up to linearly scale 
to hundreds of nodes with strong semantics for data locality and affinity data 
routing to reduce redundant data noise. Ignite data grid is lightning fast and 
is one of the fastest implementations of transactional or atomic data in 
distributed clusters today.
Unlike other Big Data processing solutions, Apache Ignite treats RAM as a 
primary storage facility (as opposed to being used exclusively for processing). 
As such, Ignite's memory-first approach is more efficient and faster: with 
improved system indexes, reduced data fetch time, and no delays in a stream 
content processing, among other benefits.
Additionally --and unique to Apache Ignite-- its SQL Grid eliminates the need 
for painful and challenging migration from relational database to in-memory 
data grid (IMDG), alleviating the need for developers to have to rewrite SQL 
based code to IMDG’s native APIs. This means that developers can keep using 
existing applications and tools written for relational databases and based on 
SQL language with very little to no code modification. Ignite SQL Grid is 
horizontally scalable, fault tolerant, and SQL ANSI-99 compliant.
Using Apache Ignite, developers benefit from:

   - Data Grid --replicate or partition data in memory within the cluster;
   - In-Memory SQL Grid --add in-memory distributed database capabilities;
   - Advanced Clustering --including logical cluster groups and auto-discover;
   - ODBC Driver --select and modify data stored in a distributed cache;
   - Compute Grid --distribute computations across cluster nodes;
   - Service Grid --cluster-enable any service or data structure;
   - Streaming & CEP --easily stream large volumes of data into Ignite; and
   - Data Structures --distribute own data structure across the cluster.

To solve real-time business issues and meet application requirements for the 
highest performance and scale, Apache Ignite leverages and integrates a host of 
Apache projects including Spark, Hadoop, YARN, and Mesos.
Latest release: Apache Ignite v1.8 on 9 December 2016 under the Apache License 
v.2.0. More details can be found below and in the release notes.
@@What's under the hood: New in v1.8 is … (list 3-5 features/benefits … we can 
get technical with 0s and 1s here).

Check out the Apache Ignite blog for articles, insight, how-tos, and additional 
resources at https://ignite.apache.org/blogs.html
For downloads, documentation, examples, use cases, and more information, visit 
http://ignite.apache.org/ .
# # #

From: Denis Magda <dma...@apache.org>
To: Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> 
Cc: Roman Shtykh <rsht...@yahoo.com>; "dev@ignite.apache.org" 
<dev@ignite.apache.org>; Prachi Garg <pg...@gridgain.com>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2017 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Ignite 1.8.0 Released

Sally, no worries, take your time!
Have nice weekends,Denis

On Jan 13, 2017, at 8:30 AM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:
Hi folks --just a quick heads-up that I haven't forgotten about you!
I issued three press releases + the January "Success at Apache" this week, so 
there's been a little extra press activity than usual.
I'm aiming to get the draft to you today...otherwise over the weekend.
I apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued patience.
Sally = = = = =  vox +1 617 921 8656gvox +1 646 598 4616skype sallykhudairi

From: Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org>
To: Denis Magda <dma...@apache.org>; Roman Shtykh <rsht...@yahoo.com> 
Cc: "dev@ignite.apache.org" <dev@ignite.apache.org>; Prachi Garg 
<pg...@gridgain.com>; Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org>
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCE] Apache Ignite 1.8.0 Released

Thanks, Denis. I'm working on a draft and will send it over for review in the 
next couple of days.
Kind regards,Sally

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On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 13:33, Denis Magda<dma...@apache.org> wrote:Roman, 
perfect! Well done!
*Prachi*, please add Roman’s blog to Apache Ignite’s blogs 
*Sally*, considering that all the information is already at place is it a good 
time to wrap it up in an Apache official announcement?

On Jan 9, 2017, at 1:43 AM, Roman Shtykh <rsht...@yahoo.com> wrote:
Denis, I published a short article on 

On Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:50 AM, Denis Magda <dma...@apache.org> wrote:

Roman, amazing thanks!
You can use any blogging engine you like. After the blog post is ready notify 
the community and Prachi will send your material to dzone.com and when it’s 
accepted there we will public it on Ignite’s blogging page 
As for the format, I would suggest making a quick walk-through guidance 
including code snippets and showing how to connect to the cluster from Python 
or Ruby (whatever you like most) and work with it. You can do something like I 
did for 

On Dec 30, 2016, at 4:09 AM, Roman Shtykh <rsht...@yahoo.com.INVALID> wrote:
Sure, Denis, I can write about Redis protocol support. Can you please instruct 
me about the format and how/where to submit?

   On Friday, December 30, 2016 8:11 AM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:

Boop! Sorry about that...indeed, I wrote Roman's name in my notes next to "1.8 
release manager?" and clearly combined the two.
Apologies for alarming you.
But that is a good hint, Denis <g>

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  On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 17:58, Denis Magda<dma...@apache.org> wrote:  Sally, 
looks like you got confused with this

On Dec 29, 2016, at 2:38 PM, Sally Khudairi <s...@apache.org> wrote:
And thanks in advance, Roman Shtykh, for acting as project spokesperson in your 
role as release manager. Participation from the community at-large is greatly 

Roman have never been a release manager yet. However, this is just a matter of 
time and his interest/intention ;)






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