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With the launch of Rackspace Managed Cloud last month, we drew a line in the sand. We made it clear that we’re not interested in offering pure commodity cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service with no support. Instead, we offer cloud IaaS that comes standard with built-in managed services to help our customers manage that infrastructure.
Federated and interoperable OpenStack clouds are on the horizon, as code development work, led by a CERN research fellow sponsored by Rackspace as part of a CERN openlab project, has been included in the latest OpenStack release, Icehouse.
In the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, companies are hungry for speed and reliability. We frequently hear it from our customers: improved speed and reliability set their businesses apart from their competitors. Swift application performance equips companies to win.
I spend a considerable amount of time in front of customers and prospects. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about hybrid cloud. What’s the right approach? How long does migration take? What needs to be done in preparation? What benefits can our organization expect to receive? After fielding these questions across the country for lots of different size companies in a variety of industries, I thought it might be valuable to share some answers.
Hybrid cloud can be a game-changing move for your business. As an IT leader, you need the right information to make tough decisions about where to run workloads and how to manage your virtual environment. Should you go big or start small with hosting? How do you maintain your vision?
Historically, IT managers and leaders have relied on tools like TCO, or “Total Cost of Ownership,” to analyze and stack rank various projects and IT priorities. This approach works well when the types of application services being delivered aren’t changing much; it’s simply a cost comparison. Rackspace, like many service providers, has a TCO tool and associated Advisory Services (see the TCO white paper as well) that does a great job of providing a thorough analysis for mostly static environments where outsourcing, hosting and/or managed colocation are excellent first steps for organizations beginning their IT cloud transformation journeys and/or for specific legacy workloads not suitable for re-architecting due to cost or risk reasons.
By Japhet Pérez Atristain, CTO, Dafiti
Performance issues are at the heart of why many apps don’t meet user expectations and die a slow death. While the user might see a single application, on the backend there are many moving parts that must align in order to deliver a consistent experience.
Underperforming servers and failure in the cloud can lead to overly complicated architectures, server sprawl and operational nightmares. When that happens, your architects end up spending precious development time compensating for cloud deficiency rather than building the next killer app.
The IT industry is in a perpetual state of change, but what remains constant is the need for uptime and airtight storage with unwavering support.  Now, more than ever, this is of increasing importance with the third platform, described by IDC as an “emerging platform for growth and innovation built on the technology pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking.” And for more than a decade, Rackspace and EMC have worked together to provide our customers with the solutions their businesses need to grow and adjust to this dynamic world of IT. These are the tools they need to redefine their businesses.
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