“To do list at the Paris #OpenStack summit: hear great user stories, catch up with old friends, eat baguettes.”

There’s a lot going on in the OpenStack community, especially as we lead into the Paris Summit next week, 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.

"A great idea presented as something needing collaborators, with an earnest interest in gathering collaborators, will succeed. As soon as you let your idea go and grow on its own, the faster it will take root and blossom." -Kyle Mestery in an interview with opensource.com

"OpenStack has allowed our engineers to produce new levels of agility and speed." -Shilla Saebi in Comcast Voices

"4 years and 10 releases in, OpenStack is at a crossroads. There is plenty of past to reflect on, and plenty of future to discuss. There are a number of processes and structures we need to evolve. There are a number of changes we need to adapt to. I expect this week to be critical in shaping our future successes: it’s therefore pretty important to be around and participate to the open discussion." – Thierry Carrez on the Paris Summit in his blog

###[Pure Storage joins forces with OpenStack](http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/10/31/pure-storage-joins-forces-with-openstack/)
By: Mike Wheatley

Pure Storage, a Flash storage vendor, is the latest company to become a backer of OpenStack.

###[Contributing effectively to OpenStack’s Neutron project](http://opensource.com/business/14/10/interview-kyle-mestery)
By: Jen Wike Huger

In this interview, Kyle Mestery, Senior Director and Chief Technologist for Open Source Networking at HP, discusses his work with OpenStack Neutron and what it takes to make an idea work in an open source environment.

###[IBM launches OpenStack services, builds global cloud footprint](http://www.zdnet.com/ibm-launches-openstack-services-builds-global-cloud-footprint-7000035103/)
By: Larry Dignan

This week, IBM added OpenStack services designed to meld on-premise and cloud computing resources.

###[Canonical rolls out home-grown Ubuntu OpenStack distro](http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/caonical_build_it_yourself_cloud/)
By: Gavin Clarke

Canonical has spun out its own OpenStack distribution to simplify the deployment of Linux clouds and make OpenStack easy to use.

###[HP releases OpenStack cloud](http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/27/hp_releases_openstack_cloud/)
By: Richard Chirgwin

HP launched Helion OpenStack, the community edition, this week. The community edition is “suitable for proof-of-concept and pilot deployments,” with the commercial version coming in the near future.

We feature user conversations throughout the week, so tweet, blog, or [email us](mailto:[email protected]) your thoughts!

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