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EDITOR’S NOTE: Scalability and security sound complex. In this two-part blog series, we seek to eliminate some of the confusion by digging deeper into how users can grow a configuration without compromising the integrity of your app’s security.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first post in a two-part series on scalability and security in the Managed Cloud. Check back tomorrow for part two.
Digital Diversification Diversification is a vitally important business strategy that applies to everything from your finances, your workforce and especially your IT layer. The same way you should never place all of your cash reserves into a single investment or hire only database administrators, you should avoid hosting your critical data on a single device or depend heavily on a single technology and, when possible, avoid deploying at a single location.
Today, we expand the RackConnect portfolio of connectivity services to include a new inter-region private connectivity service. RackConnect RegionLink is a fully managed service that enables you to transfer data between Rackspace Regions at a lower latency and with better throughput than over the Internet by utilizing an MPLS VPN connection over the Rackspace backbone.
During my 12 years at Dell there was a progressive partnership with Perot, effectively version 2.0 of EDS and an IT services provider that Dell ultimately acquired. Over time, Dell transformed from a master of commoditizing the supply chain and just-in-time inventory to a full IT outsourcing (ITO) behemoth. But there emerged a gradual evolution on the buying side: Customers did not necessarily want the gigantic monolithic multi-year and multi-million dollar contracts that often come with these large ITOs.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
We designed RackConnect and our hybrid cloud to deliver on the promise that you could have the best of both worlds – the security and predictability of dedicated servers combined with the scalability and programmatic control of the cloud. In keeping with this paradigm, the newest version of RackConnect – version 3 — emphasizes scalability and your ability to “own the base and the rent the spike.”
At OpenStack Summit Paris, cloud federation – the ability to easily and seamlessly leverage a multi-cloud environment – was a buzz worthy topic. The story of cloud federation was told though a number of sessions: from Tim Bell from CERN’s keynote presentation to several smaller breakouts. Rackspace and CERN openlab are working together to federate OpenStack clouds. The project has already had a number of successes.
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.
As more organisations adopt the cloud, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that many will need to use more than one cloud, and in many cases several clouds, to serve the range of workloads they will run.
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