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# What is Apache CloudStack?
Apache CloudStack is a top-level project of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The project develops open source software for deploying public and private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds.
CloudStack provides an open and flexible cloud orchestration platform to deliver reliable and scalable private and public clouds. What's that *mean*, exactly?
# Features and Functionality
Apache CloudStack is a Java-based project that provides a management server and agents (if needed) for hypervisor hosts so that you can run an IaaS cloud. Some, but not all, of the features and functionality provided by CloudStack:
- Works with hosts running XenServer/XCP, KVM, Hyper-V, and/or VMware ESXi with vSphere
- Provides a friendly Web-based UI for managing the cloud
- Provides a native [API](/docs/api/)
- May provide an Amazon S3/EC2 compatible API (optional)
- Manages storage for instances running on the hypervisors (primary storage) as well as templates, snapshots, and ISO images (secondary storage)
- Orchestrates network services from the data link layer (L2) to some application layer (L7) services, such as DHCP, NAT, firewall, VPN, and so on
- Accounting of network, compute, and storage resources
- Multi-tenancy/account separation
- User management
In short, organizations can use Apache CloudStack to deploy a full-featured public or private IaaS cloud.
# People of Apache CloudStack
Apache projects are managed by a [Project Management Committee]( (PMC), and much of the work is done by the project's [committers]( Note that committer status is *not* limited to developers, but is conferred to individuals who have made sustained contributions of high quality, and have shown a committment to mentoring other contributors and following [The Apache Way](
The current Vice President of Apache CloudStack and chair of the PMC is Sebastien Goasguen, a full list of PMC members and contributors is available on the page *[Who We Are](/who.html)*.