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As the importance of cyber security becomes increasingly apparent, I’m proud to announce that Rackspace has made a significant investment in CrowdStrike, a SaaS-based endpoint protection platform that provides the expertise, technology and threat intelligence needed to protect customers from advanced cyber attacks.
Rackspace President and CEO Taylor Rhodes sent this letter to our customers who consume Microsoft products this morning:
Rackspace support for Office 365, which was launched with limited availability in May, has now been released into general availability across the U.S., which means that customers can now get access to Rackspace’s fanatical support 24/7!
The world of technology generates so many great stories, it’s hard to keep up during the weekly grind. Each Friday, we compile some of the stories that caught our eye. 
Deploying Google Apps for Work might be easy for a few users. But try scaling out to hundreds of users and deploying over legacy technologies in dispersed locations, all while accounting for accessibility and security. That gets complicated. Believe us — we know.
The world of technology generates so many great stories, it’s hard to keep up during the weekly grind. Each Friday, we compile some of the stories that caught our eye. 
Most businesses now accept that the cloud is no longer bleeding edge technology, but has evolved into a practical solution to common business challenges. “The cloud” has even permeated pop culture. And whether the future of cloud computing pivots on managed services, data bursts to the fog or commodity hosting, one thing is clear: the cloud is here to stay.
Today’s guest post is by Shiem Edelbrock, Chief Technology Officer of The Control Group, a San Diego-based tech company whose projects include Instant Checkmate, Reverse Phone and NextGen Leads.
The world of technology generates so many great stories it can be hard to keep up. We’ll be highlighting some of the most interesting each Friday in the Download. It’s a brand new feature for the Rackspace blog, so we’d love your input. Come across a cool, weird or noteworthy tech-related story?  Let us know in the comments section or send it directly to blog@rackspace.com. 
Our guest blogger today is Ken Goldberg, president of Microcomputer Consulting Group (MCG), which assists clients in applying technology to solve business problems in a cost effective, streamlined and intelligent manner. MCG is also part of Rackspace’s Email Reseller program. You can read more about their high-performance cloud infrastructure in this case study. Below, Goldberg writes about how natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy made many companies rethink their on-premise IT strategy:
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