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Rackspace Weekly Digest: July 11

This week, we launched support for Microsoft Private Cloud, enabled Rackspace Webmail Users to attach Dropbox files, clarified law enforcement access to data in the cloud and heard more about Rackspace::Solve events. Check out all that and more in the weekly digest.

Overcome Business Challenges At Rackspace::Solve
Rackspace is hosting a series of one-day summits where our customers and technology partners will share their expertise in solving business challenges. The first Rackspace::Solve event is slated for Monday, July 28 at the St. Regis in San Francisco. Rackspace::Solve events in New York and Chicago will soon follow. Check out a sneak peek of what Rackspace customer WePay will discuss during its presentation at Rackspace::Solve San Francisco. Register now to attend – it’s free.

Rackspace Now Supports Microsoft Private Cloud
Rackspace added support for Microsoft Private Clouds this week, which gives you more choice in which type of Private Cloud environment powers your business.

Attach Dropbox Files Into Rackspace Webmail With A Single Click
This week we released a new feature that allows you to easily attach files directly from your Dropbox into Rackspace Webmail. This means that after a quick ‘account sync,’ all of your Dropbox files are just a click away.

Law Enforcement Access To Data In The Cloud
Bank of England CIO Peter Finch issued a misinformed warning in a recent article, telling companies that if your cloud provider is an “American company, it is likely that your data and processing is now subject to the American Patriot Act. And, if it is integrated to your infrastructure, it is likely that all your services are subject to the Patriot Act.” Such advice not only misinterprets and misrepresents US law, it misleadingly implies that US cloud providers are somehow both unable and unwilling to protect the data entrusted with them by their customers from US law enforcement agencies. Finch’s statement is inaccurate. Here, we highlight what you need to know about your data and the Patriot Act.

Evaluating Enterprise Content Solutions
This infographic highlights some of the better-known enterprise web content management solutions. Listed are the strengths and some current customers for each option, along with suggested next steps to consider if you’re planning a CMS implementation for your enterprise.

New To Hadoop? Here’s A Handy Guide To Get You Started (Part 1)
So you wanna learn you some Hadoop, eh? Well, get ready to drink from the firehose, because the Hadoop ecosystem is crammed full of software, much of which duplicates efforts, and much of which is named so similarly that it’s very confusing for newcomers. In the first of this two-part series, I cover the most common and core pieces of functionality.

Inside My Home Rackspace Private Cloud, OpenStack Lab, Part 6: Upgrading
In this post, Racker Kevin Jackson outlines the steps to go from Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2.1 to v4.2.2 using the Rackspace Private Cloud Chef Recipes. Be sure to check out the other parts in the series.

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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