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For Tipsy Elves, Ugly Christmas Sweaters (And Massive Web Traffic) Never Looked So Good

Partner & Customer Updates by Evan Mendelsohn – December 3rd, 2014

Since our appearance on Shark Tank late last year, Tipsy Elves’ business has grown tremendously, and so has the amount of web traffic to our ecommerce site. We rely on Rackspace to ensure our site can handle the load.

At Texas Conference For Women, Rackers Highlight Women In Tech

Cloud Industry Insights by Kim Tryce – December 2nd, 2014

Rackspace last month sponsored the Texas Conference for Women; it was a new experience for the company. For those that are unfamiliar, Thursday, November 13 marked the 15th anniversary of Texas Conference for Women. When Anita Perry took the title of first lady of Texas, she focused on hosting this event to empower and elevate women in Texas. By sponsoring the conference, Rackspace was able to spread our mission on elevating women in technology to a group of more than 6,000 attendees. We were also able to bring visibility to Rackspace as a brand and inform the public of our products, services and job openings.

7 Tips To Becoming An IT Service Broker

Cloud Industry Insights by Brent Scotten – December 1st, 2014

“IT as a Service Broker” ranked No. 4 in Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends for 2014. What’s a service broker you might ask? A broker is anyone who acts as a go-between in a transaction—just as a stockbroker buys and sells stock on behalf of a client. In this context, the “broker” is the central IT department that is offering cloud services to a “client,” who could be an internal end user, partner or customer.

The State Of OpenStack [Video]

Cloud Industry Insights by Andrew Hickey – November 26th, 2014

A lot of the talk at OpenStack Summit Paris this month centered on the current state of OpenStack and its future. As the four-year-old project continues to grow and mature, what will OpenStack look like in five, 10 or 15 years? In this video, Rackers Jim Curry and Van Lindberg discuss OpenStack’s future.

Considering ITO Longevity Or MSP Agility?

Cloud Industry Insights by Arrian Mehis – November 25th, 2014

For customers who need a swift ROI, and even those who value return on agility (ROA), managed service providers (MSPs) are strongly considered a new and healthy alternative to traditional IT outsourcing (ITO).

RackConnect v3: The Hybrid Cloud Gets More Sophisticated (Monocle Not Included)

Product & Development by Joseph Palumbo – November 25th, 2014

A vital component of Fanatical Support is educating our customers on the technology we employ. We also must engineer an experience that makes using that technology seamless and simple. This level of sophistication was an early goal of the RackConnect team and is one of the key improvements to the latest iteration of RackConnect v3.

Rethinking People Costs In Enterprise IT

Cloud Industry Insights by Brent Scotten – November 24th, 2014

In our newly available Rethinking People Costs in Enterprise IT white paper, we offer a financial perspective to help businesses consider how to evolve IT from a traditional cost center into a source of innovation.

Don’t Let Black Friday And Cyber Monday Take You Down

Partner & Customer Updates by Eric Boisjoli – November 24th, 2014

On Black Friday 2013 we and almost 200 other apps on the Shopify platform suffered outages and service disruptions due to our servers not being able to handle the traffic explosion. That day, we moved to Rackspace and were up and running throughout the weekend and Cyber Monday. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken to ensure Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 are bright days for Bold Apps.

Pour STEM Into Your Community And Watch It Grow!

Racker Culture by Thomas "Tweeks" Weeks – November 21st, 2014

As part of our Fanatical Support promise, Rackspace believes in investing in STEM and tech in our local communities. We believe that open sharing makes us all smarter and fortifies our community’s technical and entrepreneurial foundations. We do this across the globe, from Texas to Australia. And it is especially evident in our mid-Atlantic dev office in Blacksburg Va. — affectionately known as “Racksburg”

Rackspace Weekly Digest: November 21

Cloud Industry Insights by Andrew Hickey – November 21st, 2014

This week, Forrester rated Rackspace Private Cloud a “strong performer;” we reduced the price of our DevOps Automation service; we talked about the scalability of RackConnect v3; and much more. Check it out now in the weekly digest.

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