Rackspace Weekly Digest For August 6

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Andrew Hickey | August 6, 2012 2:00 pm

Another busy week is in the books here at Rackspace, and we’re pumped about what’s to come. In case you missed anything, here’s a handy digest to get you up to speed.

Welcome To The Open Cloud

Last week was big. Rackspace officially unveiled the Rackspace open cloud[1], the public cloud built on OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system we co-founded with NASA. The result is a cloud offering that is better, faster and more affordable[2] than before. Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack[3] is now in general availability, as is Cloud Databases[4]. And it’s all managed through the slick new Cloud Control Panel[5]. And this is just the beginning. The Rackspace open cloud will soon include Cloud Block Storage[6], Cloud Networks and more.

Join Us For SharePoint Tuesday

Tune in Tuesday, August 7 at 2 p.m. CDT for the latest SharePoint Tuesday Virtual Q&A. This week’s event features SharePoint MVPs Shane Young and Todd Klindt, formerly of SharePoint911, who will answer your SharePoint questions live. Sign up today[7] to secure your spot. For more SharePoint information, check out previous SharePoint Tuesday installments[8].

Customers Take To The Open Cloud

The Rackspace open cloud has customers talking. BambooHR has seen a boost in flexibility and versatility[9] with Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack; SnapPages has made database management less of a headache[10] with Cloud Databases; and SOASTA is spinning up thousands of Cloud Servers[11] with incredible speed.

Startups Rock Our World

We’re huge advocates for startups. And the Rackspace Startup Program[12] continues to showcase upstarts that are taking the tech world by storm. This week saw insight from Picbound[13], a photo book building website; and myTab.co’s Heddi Cundle[14] gave it to us straight up in our new Straight Up Startup feature[15].

Endnotes:
  1. Rackspace open cloud: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/a-new-open-era-for-the-rackspace-cloud/
  2. better, faster and more affordable: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/the-open-rackspace-cloud-better-faster-more-affordable/
  3. Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/public/servers/
  4. Cloud Databases: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/public/databases/
  5. Cloud Control Panel: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/cool-features-in-the-new-rackspace-cloud-control-panel/
  6. Cloud Block Storage: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/rackspace-cloud-block-storage-making-progress-towards-a-fall-release/
  7. Sign up today: http://bit.ly/SharePointTues7
  8. SharePoint Tuesday installments: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/tag/sharepoint-tuesdays/
  9. BambooHR has seen a boost in flexibility and versatility: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/bamboohr-leverages-rackspace-open-cloud-for-flexibility-versatility/
  10. SnapPages has made database management less of a headache: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/snappages-rackspace-cloud-databases-a-huge-advantage/
  11. SOASTA is spinning up thousands of Cloud Servers: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/soasta-speedily-spinning-up-thousands-of-servers-on-the-rackspace-open-cloud-video/
  12. Rackspace Startup Program: http://www.rackspacestartups.com/
  13. insight from Picbound: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/rackspace-startup-program-spotlight-on-picbound-personalized-photo-books-made-simple/
  14. myTab.co’s Heddi Cundle: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/straight-up-startupfeaturing-heddi-cundle-big-cheese-at-mytab-co/
  15. Straight Up Startup feature: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/tag/straight-up-startup/

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