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Rackspace Weekly Digest: April 18

This week we hear from Performance Cloud Servers customers, get Cloud Databases monitoring in the Control Panel, break up with an online store and much more.

Five Reasons I’m Breaking Up With Your Online Store
Hello Website Owner, We have something we need to talk about. It’s not you, it’s not us, it’s your website. Consider us among the legions of disgruntled web shoppers who’ve had it up to their https with underperforming sites. But in the interest of fairness, we wanted to let you in on the top five offenses—all of which you are guilty of.

Catch The Problem Before It Occurs: Cloud Databases Monitoring With A Few Clicks
Cloud Databases instances are already preconfigured with a default set of metrics, including CPU, memory, disk usage, average load, network and MySQL specific metrics. You can monitor both real-time statistics and historical trends in usage using our API and our CLI. However, you have told us that you want that capability with a friendly user interface too. This week we extended monitoring of Cloud Databases into our Control Panel.

Going Hybrid With vSphere And OpenStack
Over the past 12 months, we have spoken with a number of companies that are currently conducting OpenStack evaluations or using it in small projects. Almost all of these users are current VMware customers with legacy application workloads that understand that OpenStack is not something they can ignore, but they often struggle to understand its true value and how it should impact their current vSphere deployments.

The Award For Better Performance And Lower Cost Goes To…The Rackspace Public Cloud
Rackspace helped the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) move to a fully optimized cloud platform built on open standards and it now runs the majority of its external online services in the Rackspace Cloud.

SQL Is Dead, Long Live SQL!
“Big Data” is one of the biggest buzzwords in the technology industry today – you can’t read the tech press or look at social media without seeing it. But what do we mean by Big Data, and what’s wrong with our old friend “little data” that has served us well for 30 odd years.

What Can Object Storage Do For Me Today?
In this post, we discuss what benefits Object Storage can provide for you today.  As there are a variety of solutions to choose from, each offering different pros, cons and price-points, we focus on OpenStack Swift, the open-source Object Storage component of OpenStack, as it is vendor-agnostic and freely available to everyone.

Why We Craft OpenStack
In this video series, we hear straight from some of OpenStack’s top contributors from Rackspace about how the fast-growing open source project has evolved, what it needs to continue thriving, what it means to them personally, and why they are active contributors. Here, we talk to Product Manager Jarret Raim.

How Performance Cloud Servers Are Delivering Measurable Impact
Since releasing Performance Cloud Servers late last year, we’ve been thrilled by the response from customers. We knew that enhancing speed, throughput, reliability and scalability would be embraced, but it’s still heartening to hear about the measurable impact directly from customers. Here, we highlight some of the most tangible performance gains we’ve seen and heard about.

Instant Messaging And Video Calling Coming Soon With Hosted Lync
It’s estimated that 80 percent to 90 percent of businesses use some type of instant messaging to connect and collaborate with colleagues and customers. But using third-party instant messaging that does not integrate with your Outlook and Exchange can be cumbersome and a waste of valuable time and resources. This is where Hosted Lync by Rackspace can help.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Andrew Hickey.

Andrew Hickey is chief blog editor at Rackspace, a role in which he helps Rackers, customers and partners tell their stories. Andrew comes to Rackspace following many years as a journalist, more than half of which were spent covering high tech and Rackspace. When not writing, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, and spinning punk rock vinyl. If you have an idea for the Rackspace Blog, track down Andrew at andrew.hickey@rackspace.com.


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