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By Graham Weston
By Lanham Napier
The State of the Union Address is the time for the President and the nation to reflect on the previous year and plot the course for the future. And last night, President Obama highlighted an issue that we at Rackspace hold near and dear when he called for Congress to take action on a patent reform bill he said will empower businesses to focus on innovation without the fear of being targeted by patent trolls.
At its core, hybrid cloud is about flexibility and choice – it’s the ability to choose the infrastructure that is the best fit for your specific workload through a combination of public and private clouds and dedicated hardware. At Rackspace, we do this on cloud platforms built on open standards, specifically OpenStack. In this kind of model, cloud interoperability is imperative.
One of the best parts of my job as CEO is when I get to promote a deserving leader. It’s a chance for us to say to the world: here’s the kind of leader that we admire and reward with bigger challenges. Here is a great example of the performance and behavior and character that we value. For all these reasons, I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Taylor Rhodes as President of Rackspace.
First, try to say the title of this post five times fast. If nothing else, it makes for a new tongue twister. It may sound silly, but that little exercise draws attention to the notion that for many companies, testing can be challenging and time consuming – along with being difficult to say quickly.
Last year, in my 2013 cloud predictions, I focused on Big Data and the rise of cloudy SSDs. And this year, those predictions became reality: in 2013 Rackspace launched new Performance Cloud Servers with SSD storage and businesses all over are enjoying the benefits of analyzing and getting true value out of critical data sets of all shapes and sizes. And it wasn’t just Rackspace; several other cloud providers followed suit with solid state storage-based offerings to keep up.
The main reason that Drew and I started the Cloud Office Hours Hangout was to help new and existing businesses learn how to leverage the power of the cloud. In particular, we try to provide information that can be helpful for businesses to scale their website or application for an onslaught of traffic. Preparation is the key to ensuring that a website is up and available.
We’re three and a half years into OpenStack® and there is still confusion about exactly what OpenStack is, how to compare OpenStack to other cloud platforms, and specific use cases for OpenStack. I find myself having the same conversations over and over again in an attempt to debunk the myths and misperceptions in the market. There are a number of them, but to help people who are still getting up to speed with OpenStack, let’s focus in on the three largest.
The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly (325 to 91) passed the Innovation Act (HR 3309), a major blow to non-practicing entities (NPEs), more commonly known as patent trolls, and their ability to stifle innovation and leverage the legal system to extort money from businesses, developers and individuals.
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