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Apache Airflow Becomes Top-Level Project

January 9, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation  has made the Apache Airflow a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Airflow is a flexible, scalable workflow automation and scheduling system for authoring and managing Big Data processing pipelines of hundreds of petabytes. Graduation from the Apache Incubator as a Top-Level Project signifies that the Apache Airflow community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

"Since its inception, Apache Airflow has quickly become the de-facto standard for workflow orchestration," said Bolke de Bruin, Vice President of Apache Airflow. "Airflow has gained adoption among developers and data scientists alike thanks to its focus on configuration-as-code. That has gained us a community during incubation at the ASF that not only uses Apache Airflow but also contributes back. This reflects Airflow’s ease of use, scalability, and power of our diverse community; that it is embraced by enterprises and start-ups alike, allows us to now graduate to a Top-Level Project."

Apache Airflow is used to easily orchestrate complex computational workflows. Through smart scheduling, database and dependency management, error handling and logging, Airflow automates resource management, from single servers to large-scale clusters. Written in Python, the project is highly extensible and able to run tasks written in other languages, allowing integration with commonly used architectures and projects such as AWS S3, Docker, Apache Hadoop HDFS, Apache Hive, Kubernetes, MySQL, Postgres, Apache Zeppelin, and more. Airflow originated at Airbnb in 2014 and was submitted to the Apache Incubator March 2016.

Apache Airflow is in use at more than 200 organizations, including Adobe, Airbnb, Astronomer, Etsy, Google, ING, Lyft, NYC City Planning, Paypal, Polidea, Qubole, Quizlet, Reddit, Reply, Solita, Square, Twitter, and United Airlines, among others. A list of known users can be found at https://github.com/apache/incubator-airflow#who-uses-apache-airflow

"Adobe Experience Platform is built on cloud infrastructure leveraging open source technologies such as Apache Spark, Kafka, Hadoop, Storm, and more," said Hitesh Shah, Principal Architect of Adobe Experience Platform. "Apache Airflow is a great new addition to the ecosystem of orchestration engines for Big Data processing pipelines. We have been leveraging Airflow for various use cases in Adobe Experience Cloud and will soon be looking to share the results of our experiments of running Airflow on Kubernetes."

"Our clients just love Apache Airflow. Airflow has been a part of all our Data pipelines created in past 2 years acting as the ring-master and taming our Machine Learning and ETL Pipelines," said Kaxil Naik, Data Engineer at Data Reply. "It has helped us create a Single View for our client's entire data ecosystem. Airflow's Data-aware scheduling and error-handling helped automate entire report generation process reliably without any human-intervention. It easily integrates with Google Cloud (and other major cloud providers) as well and allows non-technical personnel to use it without a steep learning curve because of Airflow’s configuration-as-a-code paradigm."

"With over 250 PB of data under management, PayPal relies on workflow schedulers such as Apache Airflow to manage its data movement needs reliably," said Sid Anand, Chief Data Engineer at PayPal. "Additionally, Airflow is used for a range of system orchestration needs across many of our distributed systems: needs include self-healing, autoscaling, and reliable [re-]provisioning."

"Since our offering of Apache Airflow as a service in Sept 2016, a lot of big and small enterprises have successfully shifted all of their workflow needs to Airflow," said Sumit Maheshwari, Engineering Manager at Qubole. "At Qubole, not only are we a provider, but also a big consumer of Airflow as well. For example, our whole Insight and Recommendations platform is built around Airflow only, where we process billions of events every month from hundreds of enterprises and generate insights for them on big data solutions like Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Presto. We are very impressed by the simplicity of Airflow and ease at which it can be integrated with other solutions like clouds, monitoring systems or various data sources."

"At ING, we use Apache Airflow to orchestrate our core processes, transforming billions of records from across the globe each day," said Rob Keevil, Data Analytics Platform Lead at ING WB Advanced Analytics. "Its feature set, Open Source heritage and extensibility make it well suited to coordinate the wide variety of batch processes we operate, including ETL workflows, model training, integration scripting, data integrity testing, and alerting. We have played an active role in Airflow development from the onset, having submitted hundreds of pull requests to ensure that the community benefits from the Airflow improvements created at ING. We are delighted to see Airflow graduate from the Apache Incubator, and look forward to see where this exciting project will be taken in future!"

"We saw immediately the value of Apache Airflow as an orchestrator when we started contributing and using it," said Jarek Potiuk, Principal Software Engineer at Polidea. "Being able to develop and maintain the whole workflow by engineers is usually a challenge when you have a huge configuration to maintain. Airflow allows your DevOps to have a lot of fun and still use the standard coding tools to evolve your infrastructure. This is 'infrastructure as a code' at its best."

"Workflow orchestration is essential to the (big) data era that we live in," added de Bruin. "The field is evolving quite fast and the new data thinking is just starting to make an impact. Apache Airflow is a child of the data era and therefore very well positioned, and is also young so a lot of development can still happen. Airflow can use bright minds from scientific computing, enterprises, and start-ups to further improve it. Join the community, it is easy to hop on!"

Apache Airflow software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases.

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