“This is going to be an important year for OpenStack.”

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.

"There are a limited number of Board seats, but there are numerous ways to get involved and show leadership in the community, whether it’s through contributions or working groups or speaking opportunities. This is going to be an important year for OpenStack." -Jonathan Bryce in an OpenStack Foundation announcement

"88% of respondents expected OpenStack to play a role in their overall cloud strategy during the next three years." -Ben Rossi in InformationAge

###[2015 Individual Director Election results](http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/foundation/2015-January/001822.html?awesm=awe.sm_jLsIY)
By: Jonathan Bryce

The results are in! See the raw results and the full list of the new Individual Directors [here](http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/foundation/2015-January/001822.html?awesm=awe.sm_jLsIY) — and don’t forget to congratulate them!

###[OpenStack Network Startup PlumGrid Becomes Foundation Sponsor](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/14/openstack-network-startup-plumgrid-becomes-foundation-sponsor/)
By: Jason Verge

The company formalized its relationship with OpenStack by becoming a corporate sponsor. Read the full article [here](http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/14/openstack-network-startup-plumgrid-becomes-foundation-sponsor/).

###[Hybrid cloud, open source lead the cloud pack](http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123458826/hybrid-cloud-open-source-lead-cloud-pack)
By: Ben Rossi

IDC just released a survey on hybrid cloud, finding that 91% of respondents will rely on hybrid cloud architectures by 2017. 88% of respondents expected OpenStack to play a role in their cloud strategy in the next 3 years. Read the full article [here](http://www.information-age.com/technology/cloud-and-virtualisation/123458826/hybrid-cloud-open-source-lead-cloud-pack).

###[The future is in hybrid clouds](http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-future-is-in-hybrid-clouds/)
By: Ram Lakshminarayanan

Hybrid clouds are gaining traction quickly because they provide business continuity, performance and security. Read the full article [here](http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-future-is-in-hybrid-clouds/).

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