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Rackspace is committed to empowering our customers with the most relevant data when it comes to making intelligent technical and business decisions regarding their IT investment. This includes everything from average server load, disk capacity, ping alerts from various points on the Internet and even synthetic transaction monitoring.
The past decade has been difficult for many IT organizations. Economic conditions and financial pressures have resulted in ever tightening IT budgets. These constraints have required CIOs to focus resources on ensuring the availability, reliability and stability of the most business critical systems and applications. This necessary focus on “keeping the lights on” has come at the expense of innovation, with over 70 percent of IT budgets now still spent on ongoing maintenance, operations and capacity expansion according to Forrester.
Many enterprises have invested millions of dollars over the years in IT management, monitoring and automation solutions for their data centers. So a natural question that arises when considering migration of workloads to hosted environments is around management tools. What new capabilities will be required? What new skills will our organization need? Is our existing toolset extensible at all?
The much-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are here! The larger display sizes, better resolution, improved camera and video capture and new features such as Touch ID, Wi-Fi calling, Apple Pay and several more look pretty enticing (As does Apple Watch!). If you’re upgrading to iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can setup your Rackspace Hosted Exchange email in less than two minutes and in only a few clicks – and you don’t need to know any arbitrary passwords or server names. This is extremely helpful if you’re an admin of remote employees!
Security and compliance are common top-of-mind issues for IT leaders considering migration of virtualized workloads to managed infrastructure models. Enterprises understandably want to ensure that a hosted VMware environment won’t create significant additional security control, risk management and audit requirements.
An important part of Rackspace’s monitoring pipeline is the metrics that we gather in the process. We have a small team called Cloud Metrics that is dedicated to these metrics. We are otherwise known as the Blueflood team since we authored the blueflood.io project, which is the technology at the heart of our Cloud Metrics service. We’ve been hard at work improving this part of our business and some changes are underway that I think are worth sharing.
Many organizations are actively pursuing new “zero-infrastructure” models, seeking to migrate workloads from on-premise data centers to managed infrastructure models. While the benefits of getting out of the “data center business” are clear, organizations used to traditional on-premise models sometimes have concerns. In particular questions are often raised about the impact of workload migration on IT governance, management and operations.
We at Rackspace believe that innovation is something constant and is driven by the needs of you and your business. Hence we are constantly thinking about ways to empower users like you with great technology. OnMetal is just one example of that. In the previous OnMetal weekly bytes, we covered a wide range of topics from the power of open platforms to how you as a user can benefit from it. In the last video in this series, the OnMetal team talks about why we’re so excited about OnMetal.
As an eight-year veteran of hosted VMware, Rackspace manages 45,000 vSphere virtual machines and is a Hybrid Cloud Powered, long-standing top tier partner in the newly branded VMware vCloud Air Network. We have also aligned with the EMC Federation to deliver complete and comprehensive solutions backed by high value Fanatical Support to manage customer clouds anywhere in the world entirely underpinned by trusted EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA technologies and supporting ecosystems for best-in-class solutions.
Scaling in a multi-tenant cloud environment is hard. Noisy neighbors steal CPU cycles, degrade disk I/O and increase latency. Racker Ev Kontsevoy talked in detail about these challenges in a recent blog post. Why should you spend time and resources battling these inconsistencies? Shouldn’t you expect a predictable behavior for your application when you reach certain scale? With OnMetal we remove the complexity you face in growing your infrastructure in a multi-tenant cloud. Listen to what the OnMetal team has to say about the benefits that you as a customer should expect at scale.
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