Welcome to the Short Stack, our regular feature where we search for the most intriguing OpenStack links to share with you. These links may come from traditional publications or company blogs, but if it’s about OpenStack, we’ll find the best links we can.

Here are our latest links:

SwiftStack Releases Version 3.0 | Storage Review

SwiftStack released the latest generation of their cloud storage software, SwiftStack 3.0. This new release has generated much excitement among the OpenStack community while offering users new ways to access stored data along with pay-as-you-grow licensing and exabyte scalability for enterprises.

OpenStack Tokyo Summit: Full Keynote | OpenStack Foundation

Over 5,000 people attended this week’s summit.  On day 1 of the OpenStack Summit Tokyo, Jonathan Bryce, the Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, delivered the opening address. He shared the recent achievements in the OpenStack world, including the very first professional OpenStack certification. The Certified OpenStack Administrator certification will virtually set a standard baseline for OpenStack talent worldwide.

Why Contributing to OpenStack Makes Sense for Vendors | eWeek

At this week’s Summit, many debated whether Amazon should be seen as ‘competition’. One panel, “The OpenStack Orchestra: The Next Wave of OpenStack Specialist Startups,” tackled questions regarding said competition as well as the benefits of contributing to OpenStack. With multiple companies contributing to OpenStack, several of the panelists felt there was no competition to be had since Amazon does not provide private cloud offerings.

Rapid growth signals strength of OpenStack community in Tokyo | SuperuserTV

Akihiro Hasegawa, an organizer of the Japanese OpenStack user group, discussed the growth of the community and identified goals for the upcoming year. He also shared his thoughts on the continuing adoption of OpenStack in the Japanese market, emphasizing that he would like to see the user group establish even more of a significant presence over the next year.

OpenStack Foundation Expands its Efforts at Tokyo Summit | eWeek

Allan Clark, the chairman of the OpenStack Foundation’s board of directors, discussed the events of this week’s Summit in Tokyo. In his interview, Clark said his highlights for the week included the Foundation’s board meeting, as well as the large number of attendees who showed up in Tokyo. Clark mentioned three main areas of focus from the board meeting: community, goal numbers, and finances.