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2014 has been an innovation-fueled year for Rackspace. As Rackspace cements itself as the No. 1 Managed Cloud company, we continue to evolve what it means to deliver Fanatical Support in a rapidly accelerating cloud era. In December 2013, we launched Rackspace DevOps Automation,responding directly to our customers’ requests for expertise in navigating the complex world of DevOps.
It was another rocking week here at The Rack. We joined the Microsoft Cloud OS Partner Network; launched Mailgun managed email; examined the difference between DIY MongoDB and ObjectRocket MongoDB; and much more. Check it all out in this week’s digest.
NoSQL technologies like MongoDB are often very simple to configure and deploy. They’re typically free, which makes it easy for users to boot-strap in development and early production. While configuration, development and deployment are relatively straightforward, scaling NoSQL technologies can be anything but. In fact, many users report significant pain at the critical stages where they need to scale. Compounding matters, many users may not have the expertise or access to best practices they need to do it in a smart and economic way. In addition, the technology is so new that building a team of NoSQL database professionals is often prohibitive.
A year and a half ago, we published several blog posts about the Pillars of Cloudiness. These posts served as a guide for architecting an application to take full advantage of the cloud’s capabilities. We realized that there was a wealth of information in these posts and we wanted to combine—and update—them into a white paper called The Cloud Pillars.
Mist.io is simplified server management across clouds. It features a unified interface for several public and private clouds to eliminate the need to deal with several tools and APIs. Mist.io provides a touch-friendly web console for safe access to your servers from your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. In the event of a problem, Mist.io sends a notification, which can be handled from virtually anywhere you are connected. For common, recurring issues you can even automate your Mist.io responses.
I’m a recovering Product Manager who just joined Rackspace a few months ago. Until recently, Rackspace has been relatively limited in the private cloud options we offer to our customers. This has forced some of our customers to either not come to Rackspace when they wanted to experience our Fanatical Support or we forced them to change technologies. I struggle not to write something that reflects a product brief, but the reality is that I’m very excited that we have added a new service that truly responds to our customers’ demands.
Regardless of how much due diligence an acquisition is given, both teams are always rolling the dice on how well two different cultures and products will integrate.
Despite a nearly 7 percent national unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in IT hovers just below 3 percent, according to a Dice report. Among IT hiring managers, 62 percent report that filling open positions is taking longer than it did last year, with some technology professionals reporting up to a six-month hiring cycle.
Security – knowing your data and your business are safe – provides peace of mind. That’s why security is an area that we’ve focused on while building RackConnect v3, the latest version of hybrid cloud platform.
Back in August, I unveiled Rackspace’s step into Microsoft virtualization and private cloud offerings. Well, today I am honored to tell you that Rackspace now supports Microsoft’s cloud platform, which includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure Pack, in all of our U.S. data centers. Additionally, Rackspace is now a member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network.
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