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Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 8

In this week’s digest, we hear from DDP Yoga about how it prepped its website ahead of a Shark Tank appearance; we explain where IaaS fits in the Rackspace Managed Cloud; we showcase some of the great content from Rackspace::Solve San Francisco; and much more.

Where Does IaaS Fit Into The Managed Cloud?
Infrastructure-as-a-Service is and remains a critical component in the Rackspace Managed Cloud. Think of it this way: our IaaS by default comes with service; we don’t offer raw, unmanaged infrastructure.

Preparing DDPYOGA.com For The Shark Tank Effect
When DDP Yoga got a call from Shark Tank, Rackspace helped ensure our website could stand up to the onslaught of traffic known as “the Shark Tank effect.”

Rackspace::Solve San Francisco Videos
This week, we started publishing videos of some of the great keynotes and conversations from Rackspace::Solve San Francisco. Check out Docker, WePay, Alex and Ani and New Relic. Rackspace::Solve San Francisco was the first of three one-day summits that showcased how companies are overcoming the toughest challenges in their businesses and for their customers. Rackspace::Solve events are currently scheduled for September 18 in New York City and October 20 in Chicago. Registration is open now.

OnMetal Weekly Byte 2: The Power Of Open Platforms [Video]
In this video blog series, we give you an inside look at the story behind OnMetal, our new API-driven instantly provisioned bare metal servers. Here, the OnMetal team talks about why OnMetal was built on OpenStack software and Open Compute hardware. And check out the first installment where the OnMetal team talked about the motivation behind building OnMetal.

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On HelpSocial: A Social Customer Service App Built On The Rackspace Managed Cloud
HelpSocial, a Rackspace Startup Program member founded by two former Rackers, is building its social customer service app on the Rackspace Managed Cloud.

Scaling Cloud Infrastructure Despite Brain Drain And Ad Hoc Processes
As development makes changes to the software, operations has to manually install the new virtual code and tweak the configurations manually every time they create a new server. Equally problematic, virtual server instances proliferate unchecked, leading to thousands of dollars in unexpected charges from the cloud service provider. This leads to a slash-and-burn server destruction scramble that accidentally takes down the production platform and disgruntles many of those new users. Heavy sighs emanate from the CTO’s office. What’s to be done?

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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