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By Chadwick Meyer, Co-Founder & CEO at Gutensite
With the launch of Rackspace Digital last week at the W Hotel, we introduced our team of digital specialists laser focused on content, commerce and mobile. Over the weekend, as more of SXSW 2014 came alive, Rackspace deployed additional teams of specialists on the ground to engage with event goers at festival venues inside the Austin city limits.
By Charles Bikhazi,, head of development, Help for Heroes
How is Rackspace different? It’s a question that I get all the time.
When we started OpenStack, the goal was to form a community of like-minded companies and contributors to push for an open alternative to proprietary cloud software. We saw open source as a platform to foster swift innovation and to give customers more choice.
UPDATED 04/23/2014: Join us at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 30 for a Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) and Cloud Cruiser co-hosted presentation “Managing IT Spend in your Enterprise Private Cloud.” Our presenters will bring clarity to the cost planning associated with an RPC environment and to help enterprises plan for growth. Hosts Dan Choquette, Director of Solutions Engineering at Rackspace, and Nick van der Zweep, Vice President of Strategy at Cloud Cruiser, will take us through the use cases of using Cloud Cruiser in an RPC environment, the advantages of using the services together, and a demo of the Cloud Cruiser services. Register today: http://pages.cloudcruiser.com/CC-Rackspacewebinar_ManagingITSpendinyourEnterprisePrivateCloud.html
EDITOR’S NOTE: You can now watch video of the full webinar here.
Our new UK data centre was designed from the ground up to be green. From minimizing landfill and the impact on the environment during the upcoming construction, to using cutting edge technologies like “indirect outside air” cooling, to achieving BREEAM certification; the 130,000-square-foot Crawley, West Sussex-based data centre illustrates our mission to be good stewards of the environment and reinforces our focus on energy conservation.
Your cloud doesn’t sleep – even when you’re not in the office. To make it easier to manage your cloud on the go, we’ve added some seriously powerful monitoring information to the Rackspace Mobile App for iOS and Android devices. A quick trip to the App Store or Google Play Store for the updated app will give you mobile access to a host of new features that bring you instant information about how your cloud is performing. Once limited to your desktop, we’ve brought some seriously powerful monitoring information to mobile devices, allowing you to stay informed on to go.
Introduction I am frequently asked by analysts, users, the media and even other vendors about the production readiness of OpenStack, to which I affirm in the positive. There are also often questions about the differences between the various OpenStack distributions and offerings. I answer whenever possible by drawing the distinction between OpenStack as the open source project and as the products and services available to help make it a production-ready cloud platform. If you are unclear about the difference between an open source project and a product, I hope this blog post serves as a useful primer. I will highlight the concept of OpenStack as a service offering (yes, Cloud-as-a Service is a thing) to the concepts of project and product, using our Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) as the canonical example for both a product and a service. To help illustrate the distinctions, I will discuss the differences between the three offerings by examining three categories:
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