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Loadscale: A Little Agent For Scale

Product & Development by Abhi Kalakuntla – June 27th, 2014

I just came aboard as a summer intern here at Rackspace, and immediately, I’m getting my hands dirty on some pretty cool projects. The first of which is Loadscale, a little tool that has a simple function: ping an Autoscaling group’s load balancer and see if servers need to be added or removed from the load balancer. This little project was to run alongside the load balancer and Autoscaling (codename: otter) team’s projects.

Designate Gaining Momentum As OpenStack DNS-as-a-Service

The OpenStack Technical Committee recently decided to incubate Designate, an authoritative multi-tenant DNS-as-a-Service for OpenStack that features a command line client, REST API and integrates with Nova, Neutron and Keystone.

Rackspace Weekly Digest: June 27

Cloud Industry Insights by Andrew Hickey – June 27th, 2014

From outlining the differences between commodity cloud providers and managed cloud specialists to hearing how Pantheon uses Rackspace OnMetal, this week was chock full of news. Check out all of that – and more – in this week’s digest.

Which Workloads Should Growing Businesses Move To The Cloud?

Cloud Industry Insights by Garrett Heath – June 26th, 2014

If your business has yet to tap into the cloud’s full potential, here are some workloads you should consider moving to the cloud.

Rackspace Startup Program Global Startup Event Guide: July 2014

Cloud Industry Insights by John McKenna – June 26th, 2014

Within the startup movement, there are plenty of events happening globally in July 2014. The Rackspace Startup Program is here to keep you up to date with valuable information on events and happenings inside the global startup community. Here is a partial list of global startup events complied by the contributors of StartupDigest.

Commodity Cloud Providers vs. Managed Cloud Specialists

Cloud Industry Insights by Taylor Rhodes – June 26th, 2014

If you type “cloud computing + commodity” into a search engine, you’ll see that in recent months, the two have become seen as virtually synonymous. Many industry pundits now sweepingly assert that all cloud services are akin to red durum wheat or West Texas crude. All are identical. All prices and profits will be pushed lower and lower and the biggest players will drive everyone else out of business.

Free Backups For MongoDB

Product & Development by Kenny Gorman – June 25th, 2014

ObjectRocket now offers free daily backups for any MongoDB instance, of any size, running anywhere.

Stay In The Conversation With Microsoft Lync From Rackspace

Cloud Industry Insights by Hassan Malik – June 25th, 2014

Have you ever missed an important instant message when you were out for lunch? Or spent 10 minutes searching emails for a conversation with a colleague only to remember it was over IM? Have you ever thought a conversation would go smoother if only we were face to face? Today, Rackspace is launching Microsoft Lync, a unified communications tool that solves these problems for you and your colleagues

What Does It Take To Hit A 10X Performance Improvement?

Cloud Industry Insights by Dominic Smith – June 25th, 2014

In a recent guest post entitled “Performance at Scale: SSDs, Silver Bullets and Serialization” for High Scalability, Aaron Sullivan, a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, took a close look at the problem of trying to increase performance across software and hardware systems.

Email For Ecommerce: Transactional Email

If you run an ecommerce site, email is critical to your business. In this blog series, we dig deeper into some of the areas ecommerce sites should consider when working with email. Here, we examine transactional email.

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