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I was delighted yesterday to visit Mexico City and celebrate the opening of our new Rackspace office there, amid longtime customers, local dignitaries, and the Rackers on both sides of the border who have made this expansion possible. Below are excerpts from my remarks:
This year, OpenStack participated in Open Source Day (OSD) at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) for the second time. The main focus of this year’s Open Source Day was humanitarian applications. Along with OpenStack, participating open source projects included Microsoft Disaster Recovery, Ushahidi, Sahana Software Foundation and others.
An elevator pitch is a concise overview used to describe or define a project, service, product, event or startup. The name reflects the idea that one should be able to deliver the summary in the amount of time it takes to ride an elevator, which usually takes 30 seconds to a little over a minute.
Where does fashion meet technology? At Fashion Digital. On Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21, ecommerce retail leaders will meet in New York City to learn about transformative ecommerce technologies and online retail. Rackspace Digital will be there to discuss how we can help power your digital strategy.
Rackspace is tracking an industry-wide security issue broadly referred to as “POODLE,” (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) (http://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2014-3566). This is a vulnerability affecting the SSLv3 protocol, and a number of Rackspace customers may be impacted. At this time, we are not aware of any attacks attempting to leverage the vulnerability, but we’re closely monitoring the situation.
When Accruent acquires a new brand, it’s not a question if the infrastructure will move to Rackspace, it’s a question of when.
A lot has changed in the cloud industry in the five years since Rackspace launched CloudU, its free vendor-neutral cloud education program for IT professionals, business decision-makers and students. One of the most significant changes is how we talk about the cloud. CloudU has taught learners around the world how to “talk the talk” in the cloud computing world. As one learner put it, “[now] we can now tell our PaaS from our IaaS!”
In the world of Big Data, bare metal is king. Many companies are seeking an architecture that allows for full utilization of resources like I/O and throughput, but we often hear from you that when it comes to Big Data you are forced to trade the advantages of cloud (elastic, on-demand, flexible) for the consistency and predictability of bare metal. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice one for the other.
A lot of companies and startups view DevOps as an option for the future. At Zipline Labs, however, we took an unconventional approach to DevOps. We’ve leveraged Rackspace DevOps Automation Service from our inception. We know that a company without a clear vision is a company without a future; and we see our technology as the loudest voice of our vision. Your technology can’t speak on a second-rate platform. We didn’t want to wait and then have to migrate all of our previous work, including any mistakes we made, to a new platform. Instead, we chose to speed development and deployments across our dev, demo, staging and production environments.
By Paul R. Brenner, Associate Director, Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame
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