Sponsoring the Apache Foundation

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Open source is a pervasive part of our culture. Many projects at Twitter rely on open source technologies, and as we evolve as a company, our commitment to open source continues to increase. Today, we are becoming an official sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a non-profit and volunteer-run open source foundation.

The ASF provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects that Twitter consumes and contributes to. One example is the Mesos project, which is now being developed inside the ASF Incubator and is nearing its first official release. Within Twitter, Mesos runs on hundreds of production machines and makes it easier to execute clustered jobs that do everything from running services to handling our analytics workload.

Sponsoring the ASF is not only the right thing to do, it will help us sustain our existing projects at the ASF by supporting the foundation’s infrastructure. We have a long history of contributing to Apache projects, including not only Mesos, but also Cassandra, Hadoop, Mahout, Pig and more. As Twitter grows, we look to further our commitment to the success of the ASF and other open source organizations.

On behalf of the Twitter Open Source Office,
- Chris Aniszczyk (@cra)