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It was only a few years ago that Rackspace did everything manually to launch new products. The process would take us two years and by the time the product launched, someone would beat us on time to market and it would diminish our hard work. We were entering the cloud market and it was clear that we either had to innovate more quickly and get products out faster or we would not be competitive in this growing, fast-paced market.
Maintaining host files on standard *nix system has been traditionally done by hand. This becomes a challenge as the number of systems grows and  is more true in the cloud model, where you might add/delete servers at a higher rate. One solution would be to use DNS and use a local zone to store your host name to IP mapping. If you are using Chef for automation, here is another example on how to automatically generate the host file entries.
At DeveloperWeek Conference & Festival 2014, Rackspace Director of Training and Education Tony Campbell showcased how to develop on OpenStack. In his keynote presentation, “Developing On OpenStack,” Campbell introduced OpenStack the open source cloud platform co-founded by Rackspace in 2010, which has quickly become one of the fastest growing open source projects in history. OpenStack now boasts more than 13,000 individuals from 132 countries.
Starting today you can create copies of existing Cloud Block Storage volumes from the Control Panel with Volume Cloning.
For the last several weeks I’ve been explaining the setup of my home Rackspace Private Cloud and OpenStack lab. From the basic hardware configuration and adding compute nodes to adding high availability and using Neutron networking.
Waves of palpable excitement moved through the throng of developers, musicians and media as Slash took the stage at the end of the epic 12-hour Slashathon hackathon and aptly proclaimed, “That was a hell of a lot of fun!”
If you want to be inspired by high school students who strive to better themselves and learn how to code in this Big Technology world we live in, than keep an eye open for one of the many CodeDay events going on across the country.
Over the past few months we have been working hard to provide more automation capabilities for the Rackspace Cloud. In November we told you about Auto Scale, which allows you to define rules to grow or shrink your cloud. Back in August we told you about Deployments, a Control Panel capability that allows you to deploy common applications with a point-and-click interface and based on our best practices.
For the fast-growing Internet-centric and SaaS applications that you deploy weekly or even daily, you need specialized DevOps engineers who can look beyond servers to help you build the most agile and scalable platform possible.
The typical conference is a chance to swap business cards with strangers, check your email in crowded rooms and get to know the inside of your hotel minibar.
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