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Peder is the Chief Marketing Officer where he sets the direction and strategy around corporate identity, product marketing and demand generation. Peder is passionate about new, disruptive markets and has a strong track record of bringing new, market defining open source technologies to market. Prior to joining, Peder was the senior vice president of marketing at Sun Microsystems where he was responsible for open sourcing the Java platform, building a growth business with OpenSolaris and establishing Sun as a leader in the open source enterprise software market. Throughout his career, Peder has contributed to the success of of a number of open source technology startups like Cobalt Networks (acquired by Sun) and MontaVista Software (acquired by Cavium Networks) as well as held product leadership positions at Cisco and Symantec.

Apache CloudStack Mascot Contest

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Why does CloudStack need a mascot?

Mascots are a great way to provide a sense of unity and pride amongst a group aligned around a common cause.  Many colleges and sporting teams around the world have long rallied around the identity of their mascot.  In recent years, that mascot tradition has been extended to another passionate, loyal group – open source developers!   You may recognize Tux, the Linux Penguin, and Hadoop, the Big Data Elephant.  This competition will select a mascot for the Apache CloudStack community to rally behind for years to come, building excitement and loyalty for its members!

CloudStack mascot showdown

Now, the Apache CloudStack community is looking to establish its own mascot identity.  Today we launched a website introducing the eight finalists in the mascot competition.  Visit to view the finalists and vote for your favorite.  Then come back each week to help narrow the field to the ultimate winner.  Will it be Cloud Monkey, inspired by the powerful monkey kind who commands and orchestrates clouds in the epic Chinese novel "Journey to the West?"  Or perhaps the champion will be Cloud Girl, inspired by the colorful world of Japanese Manga animation bringing an elegance and style that makes it easy to create amazing new clouds. 

The winning Apache CloudStack mascot will be unveiled at the upcoming OSCON (Open Source Convention) event in Portland, Oregon the week of July 16.  

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Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.