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Rackspace Weekly Digest: December 20

The holiday season is in full swing and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a discount on Performance Cloud Servers. Or, how about with an ugly Christmas sweater? Maybe you’d like to check out our predictions for the cloud in 2014. This week’s Rackspace Digest features all that and more.

Surviving The Shark Tank Effect (In Ugly Christmas Sweaters)
Tipsy Elves, an ecommerce company that specializes in ugly Christmas sweaters, recently appeared on Shark Tank. To ensure its website stood up to the flood of traffic, dubbed “the Shark Tank effect,” Tipsy Elves contacted Rackspace.

Cloud Predictions For 2014
Here, Rackspace CTO John Engates looks into the crystal ball to see what the cloud holds for 2014. From container technologies to open source traction, 2014 will be a big year for the cloud.

Performance Cloud Servers: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
If you haven’t had the chance to try Performance Cloud Servers, we have a holiday treat for you that’s too good to refuse: when you sign up for Performance Cloud Servers we will give you $50 off per month for the first six months – up to $300 total — with no obligations, hidden terms or secret catches.

The Rackspace Cloudvent Calendar Countdown Continues
Rackspace Cloud Strategist Hart Hoover is offering 24 days of tips and tricks for the Rackspace Cloud with the Rackspace Cloudvent Calendar (our take on a traditional Advent calendar). Throughout December, he’s publishing a tip a day. This week’s topics included backing up your cloud database, Packer and Rackspace, using Airbrake to track errors, SDKs and more.

Attach, Detach Networks From Live Cloud Servers Via The Control Panel
In May, we launched the ability for you to attach or detach networks from Next Generation Cloud Servers (Performance and Standard flavors) via the Rackspace API. Now, you have the same capability through the Rackspace Control Panel.

OpenStack Havana-Powered Rackspace Private Cloud Now In Unlimited Availability
Last month, we launched an early access program for the latest version of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by the Havana release of OpenStack. The response has been great and we have incorporated your feedback into our Unlimited Availability launch, which is available now for free and supportable by our talented team of experts.

Building A SaaS Business On The Cloud
In this guest post, Cloudwords, a Rackspace customer that offers a SaaS-based translation management solution discusses building a SaaS business on the cloud.

The Difference Between Per-User And Per-Server SharePoint
At Rackspace, we offer Per-User SharePoint and Per-Server SharePoint. Here, we discuss the difference between the two.

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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