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Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 29

This week, we unveiled a downloadable DevOps e-book, talked more about DevOps adoption and the CALMS framework, gave an update on Cloud Metrics and much more. Take a look in this week’s digest.

Building The DevOps Mindset: Agile Collaboration At Work
The goals of DevOps may sound beneficial, but how does all this play out in the real world? The Rackspace-sponsored, free downloadable e-book, The DevOps Mindset, answers this question by featuring interviews with tech professionals who are putting DevOps into action. Each discussion focuses on essential components of the approach, the challenges of getting started and recommendations for other companies.

Quantifying DevOps Capability: It’s Important To Keep CALMS
DevOps doesn’t need a 400-page operating manual, but at minimum it needs a scaffold to hold together key components and concepts so you can assess your capability, compare yourself to your peers and build clear programs to manage deficits. This framework already exists in the community in the acronym we know as CALMS.

Free, Blazingly Fast Disk I/O Gives StreetLight Data An Edge
StreetLight Data offers its customers dynamic analytics for marketing, location planning and more that help them better understand who visits certain areas and when; and the company uses the Rackspace Managed Cloud, including Cloud Block Storage, to quickly deliver that data.

Cloud Metrics: Working Toward A Public Launch
An important part of Rackspace’s monitoring pipeline is the metrics that we gather in the process. We have a small team called Cloud Metrics that is dedicated to these metrics. We are otherwise known as the Blueflood team since we authored the blueflood.io project, which is the technology at the heart of our Cloud Metrics service. We’ve been hard at work improving this part of our business and some changes are underway that I think are worth sharing.

We’re Collaborating With Chameleon To Enable A New Future For Cloud Computing Research
Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a consortium of researchers announced funding for two cloud testbeds, named “Chameleon” and “CloudLab,” that will power academic research. Rackspace is participating in the Chameleon testbed.

Five Reasons Why Migrating Virtualized Workloads Can Be Easier Than Expected
While it may seem that migration would require significant changes, selecting the right service provider and platforms can dramatically minimize the risk of operational disruption. This is particularly true for organizations seeking to migrate workloads to hosted VMware environments.

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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