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Cloud technology is rapidly changing the IT landscape and many enterprises are now operating in a hybrid, multi-cloud world. These hybrid environments commonly span multiple physical locations, deployment models and hypervisors. Gone are the days where an organization can standardize around one monolithic technology stack. This multi-cloud world provides flexibility, but creates a new set of challenges for enterprises and their application developers.
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:
Earlier this year, Rackspace Cloud Metrics moved our production system from running on virtual cloud machines to running on Rackspace OnMetal. The outcome is a more reliable system that is — miraculously — cheaper.
You probably know that Windows Server 2003 is rapidly approaching its end of life (EOL), July 14 — but do you know why you should care?
With a growing number of OpenStack projects, how do you define what is the minimum set of OpenStack features that should be enabled?
This weekend, 140 Rackers will be heading out to the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. We’ll be participating in many different sessions about many different topics.
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.
The term “cloud” has been contorted so many ways that it’s hard to tell what it means any more. This is especially true for an emerging business as there is often neither the time nor the budget to properly invest in IT research and cloud is regularly seen simply as the cheap alternative to a dedicated hosting solution. While it’s true that cloud is generally cheaper than a dedicated solution, it is important to understand that the switch to cloud cannot be a one-for-one transition. Cloud is fundamentally a different hosting paradigm and must be approached accordingly.
In a recent guest post entitled “Performance at Scale: SSDs, Silver Bullets and Serialization” for High Scalability, Aaron Sullivan, a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, took a close look at the problem of trying to increase performance across software and hardware systems. Let’s say that you want to increase the performance of your application by 10X. That turns out to be monumentally difficult and requires a comprehensive fine-tuning of all the components that contribute to performance.
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