“We’ve seen OpenStack customers growing faster than our overall business.” -Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware


There’s a lot going on in the OpenStack community and it’s easy to get lost in the noise. We’ve collected the top stories and conversations you need to know about this week. From the latest OpenStack resources to news about users, we share the content you need to stay up to date.

###[AWS and OpenStack hybrid cloud a balancing act](http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/feature/AWS-and-OpenStack-hybrid-cloud-a-balancing-act)
By: Michelle Boisvert

Lithium Technologies rolled out an AWS/OpenStack hybrid cloud to alleviate some of the costs involved with a large-scale public cloud. Read the full article [here](http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/feature/AWS-and-OpenStack-hybrid-cloud-a-balancing-act).

###[An introduction into Ceph storage for OpenStack](http://opensource.com/business/15/1/introduction-ceph-storage-openstack)
By: Jason Baker

Ceph’s community manager, Patrick McGarry, spoke at a Cloud Online Meetup on the basics of the open source storage project. Jason Baker has a great recap of the talk [here](http://opensource.com/business/15/1/introduction-ceph-storage-openstack).

###[Survey: One-Third of Cloud Users’ Clouds are Private, Heavily OpenStack](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/30/survey-half-of-private-clouds-are-openstack-clouds/)
By: Yevgeniy Sverdlik

A study from GigaOm found that more than half of private clouds are built on OpenStack. Nearly 65% of the 3,000 respondents agreed that OpenStack is ready for mission-critical workloads. See the full results of the survey [here](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/30/survey-half-of-private-clouds-are-openstack-clouds/).

###[OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy](http://www.networkcomputing.com/cloud-infrastructure/openstack-driving-the-software-defined-economy/a/d-id/1318857?&_mc=sm_nwc_editor_suefogarty)
By: Jonathan Bryce

OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce explains the software-defined economy and why it’s driving competition and innovation in new ways. Read his op-ed in Network Computing [here](http://www.networkcomputing.com/cloud-infrastructure/openstack-driving-the-software-defined-economy/a/d-id/1318857?&_mc=sm_nwc_editor_suefogarty).

###[OpenStack Live 2015: FAQs on the who, what, where, when, why & how](http://www.percona.com/blog/2015/01/30/openstack-live-2015-faqs-on-the-who-what-where-when-why-how/)
By: Kortney Runyan

Percona is starting a conference for hands-on learning on topics including how to deploy, optimize, and manage OpenStack. Read more about OpenStack Live [here](http://www.percona.com/blog/2015/01/30/openstack-live-2015-faqs-on-the-who-what-where-when-why-how/).

>”Nearly 65 percent of respondents agreed that OpenStack was now ready for mission critical workloads. The open source cloud architecture has matured substantially.” -Yevgeniy Sverdlik in [Data Center Knowledge](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/30/survey-half-of-private-clouds-are-openstack-clouds/)

>”We’ve seen OpenStack customers growing faster than our overall business.” -Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware in [ServerWatch](http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/vmware-openstack-customers-growing-faster-than-the-overall-business.html)


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