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Two key themes that were woven into the fabric of Rackspace::Solve New York on Thursday were velocity and agility – and that the underpinnings of our infrastructure must deliver the performance that empowers your business to achieve those goals.
This week, we hosted Rackspace::Solve New York, heard from new Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes, took home our fifth Steve Award in two years and much more. Check out all of that and more in the weekly digest.
Among the presentations this week at Rackspace::Solve New York, one clear theme emerged: the power of collaboration. More than 300 attendees, including business leaders and developers from dozens of companies, spent a day in lower Manhattan sharing strategies for solving some of the toughest challenges in IT and technology.
The IT hero over the last decade has been the CIO who has been able to reduce costs, rather than innovate and drive the top line for businesses. The cloud is starting to change this trajectory, Michelle Bailey, senior vice president of digital infrastructure and data initiatives at 451 Research, said Thursday at Rackspace::Solve New York.
Businesses have moved beyond the exploration phase of the cloud and are now at the rationalization phase, the second of three technology adoption cycles, James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research told the crowd Thursday at Rackspace::Solve New York.
Enplug is building a large and advanced network of social billboards in bars, restaurants, cafes and other high traffic venues. The digital screens feature live social media streams that allow people’s Twitter and Facebook posts, Instagram photos and more to appear instantly on the screens. An Enplug device can turn any TV into a live social feed and more.
Rackspace is committed to empowering our customers with the most relevant data when it comes to making intelligent technical and business decisions regarding their IT investment. This includes everything from average server load, disk capacity, ping alerts from various points on the Internet and even synthetic transaction monitoring.
As many of you may have seen, yesterday Rackspace made two big announcements: 1) we announced the end of formal evaluation of M&A transactions, and 2) we announced that I have been named CEO of Rackspace. We believe these announcements coupled with our laser-sharp focus on Fanatical Support and managed cloud services have Rackspace primed for future success.
The past decade has been difficult for many IT organizations. Economic conditions and financial pressures have resulted in ever tightening IT budgets. These constraints have required CIOs to focus resources on ensuring the availability, reliability and stability of the most business critical systems and applications. This necessary focus on “keeping the lights on” has come at the expense of innovation, with over 70 percent of IT budgets now still spent on ongoing maintenance, operations and capacity expansion according to Forrester.
The other night while eating dinner, my wife and I were talking about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos that have dominated the web recently. I mentioned one that I thought was particularly well done (if you are interested, I was referring to Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and his spoof of the film Carrie).
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