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By Eric Boisjoli, Co-Founder, Bold Innovation Group Ltd.
Rackspace believes in the promise of Fanatical Support, both for our customers and our communities. In our local office communities it takes the form volunteerism and investing in k-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). We believe that openly sharing within our communities makes us all smarter and fortifies our community’s technical and entrepreneurial foundations. We do this around the globe, from Texas to Australia, and it is especially evident in our mid-Atlantic developer office in Blacksburg Va. — affectionately known as “Racksburg”
I was a QE on the Rackspace Auto Scale team. I would like to take you through the experiences and learnings I have had with testing Auto Scale, and how the ability to test it improved drastically using Mimic, an API-compatible mock service for Identity, OpenStack Compute and Load Balancers.
I am a member of the Docker special interest group at Rackspace. We recently welcomed CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips to visit us to discuss CoreOS and Docker. Brandon is no stranger to Rackspace. He is an alumnus of the Rackspace Cloud Monitoring team (my current team). Here’s a recap of some of the key points that Brandon made during the discussion.
Rackspace is so excited, once again, to sponsor Geeklist’s Hack4Good this weekend. This time around, the Hack4Good hackathon will focus on projects and prototypes that address global climate change.
The time has come to change the way we create, develop and ship applications. At Docker, we believe it should be quick and painless to ship application workloads across environments (dev, test and production) and hosts (laptops, data centers and clouds). Docker container technology is quickly pushing us toward that reality.
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.
Teamwork may seem like a given in many tech companies. After all, one department relies on another to build or deploy the software being delivered. Yet when strict boundaries exist between departments, such as those dividing Development and Operations, this teamwork is more like handing off a baton in a relay than legitimate collaboration. Any effort to become more agile will be difficult, if not impossible, when those boundaries remain in place.
One of the hot debates in the DevOps community right now what exactly DevOps is and whether it even needs a definition. Community member and vendor, ScriptRock, elegantly summarized it here; Skelton Thatcher built on that here; and DevOpsGuys’ Stephen Thair continued the conversation here.
The NoSQL Mobile App Challenge opened this month, giving developers across the US and Canada the chance to build a mobile app that showcases their creativity and innovation without the pain of managing their infrastructure.
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