Some IT initiatives, such as disaster recovery, are natural fits for cloud computing. Yet it can be challenging to know exactly where to begin when it comes to configuring self-managed recovery plans and replicating virtual machines (VMs) from on-premises to a cloud service provider.
Finally, fall is in the air. With each new season comes lots of exciting happenings, both here at the Castle and with our customers around the world. The first week of October has had its ups and downs—but we’re hoping the rest of the month will be one smooth ride into all things festive and Fanatical. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.
Rackspace Startup Program member nurseVersity built an online test prep program for nursing students on the Rackspace Managed Cloud.
Rackspace Cloud Files is a super easy, reliable and cost efficient way to store your Cloud Sites website content.
At Rackspace::Solve New York, CloudMine CTO Marc Weil talked about solving for HIPAA compliance in a mobile environment and how CloudMine uses a hybrid cloud infrastructure from Rackspace to help ensure its customers’ mobile data is secure. Here’s video of Marc’s presentation from Rackspace::Solve NY.
Like other major cloud providers, we were forced to reboot some of our customers’ servers this past weekend to patch a security vulnerability affecting certain versions of XenServer, a popular open source hypervisor. This maintenance was especially difficult for many of you because it had to be performed on short notice, and over the weekend. We apologize for the downtime and inconvenience that you and others of our customers have suffered in recent days.
At Rackspace::Solve New York, SumAll CEO Dane Atkinson showcased how SumAll uses ObjectRocket to solve for big data. He was joined by ObjectRocket CEO and Co-Founder Chris Lalonde. Here’s video of Dane’s presentation.
I am a member of the Docker special interest group at Rackspace. We recently welcomed CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips to visit us to discuss using CoreOS with Docker containers with CoreOS. Here are some high-level takeaways.
With the recent introduction of more comprehensive partner networked ecosystems such as the VMware vCloud Air Network and the Microsoft Cloud OS Network, the value that a VAR traditionally brings to a customer wedded to their on-premise solutions has changed significantly. VARs must look to align more closely with managed service providers (MSPs) to continue to provide value to their customers in this hybrid world.
Nearly every IT leader these days is wresting with Shadow IT – the dynamic in which end users obtain IT solutions from cloud service providers without informing corporate IT. In fact, CIO Magazine’s 2014 State of the CIO Survey results revealed four out of five IT leaders feel IT projects done without IT involvement are creating problems.