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Rackspace Weekly Digest: December 5

Cloud Industry Insights by Andrew Hickey – December 5th, 2014

Want to know how Tipsy Elves survived the Shark Tank effect (again)? Or learn how to build a disaster recovery solution using Site Recover Manager? Or get an update on OpenStack? You can get all of that and more in this week’s digest.

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On MuniBilling: Municipality Billing Software At Cloud Scale

Partner & Customer Updates by John McKenna – December 4th, 2014

Rackspace Startup Program member MuniBilling uses the scale of the cloud to offer a SaaS solution for small government and property management companies or any other entity that needs to bill for recurring payments.

Building A Disaster Recovery Solution Using Site Recovery Manager Part 2: Architecting

Cloud Industry Insights by Luke Huckaba – December 3rd, 2014

In my last post, I described how to use VMware® vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™ to orchestrate the failover of a group of virtual machines (VMs) from one location to another. I also discussed the importance of planning when it comes to using Site Recovery Manager. This post outlines how to properly architect a solid Site Recovery Manager solution.

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.

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