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Rackspace Weekly Digest: July 12

This week, we unveiled some cool new apps: one that allows you to create and manage Cloud Servers on-the-go, and another that gives you access to Cloud Files storage from SharePoint. We’re also focusing on social issues that matter to Rackers, like promoting better air quality and clean energy and spending more time volunteering in our community. Check out the details in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.

Go Android, Go Mobile: Manage Your Rackspace Cloud On-The-Go
We’ve updated our Rackspace Cloud mobile app for Android. Now you can create and manage first and next generation Cloud Servers on-the-go and access our award-winning Fanatical Support from the app.

Hybrid Cloud: The Better Way
In this guest post, Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer Coastal.com highlights how a hybrid cloud has helped it become the largest online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses in North America. And like all of our services at Rackspace, the hybrid cloud platform is backed by Fanatical Support.

Rackspace, CPS Energy Push For Clean Energy, Better Air Quality
Earlier this week, Rackspace hosted the San Antonio Clean Technology Association’s ‘Keeping It Clean: Our Air, Our Health’ forum, which brings together political, business and civic leaders to discuss air quality in the San Antonio region. We’re committed to meeting our Global Energy Policy, and we work closely with CPS Energy to promote clean energy and better air quality.

Connect SharePoint 2013 To Cloud Files With new Rackspace Cloud Storage App
We’ve built a SharePoint 2013 app that allows you to log into your Rackspace Cloud account and access Cloud Files storage from SharePoint. The app is available in the Microsoft Office store, where you can download it for free.

Why I Get Outside The Tech Bubble And Volunteer
Rackspace Technical Product Manager Felix Sargent recently spent a week in the Sierra Foothills as a summer camp counselor for children of families affected by childhood cancer. Thanks to Felix, the kids at Camp Okizu are gaining the social skills (like confidence and teamwork) that are needed to collaborate in our increasingly competitive workplace.

Get Real-Time Analytics While Processing High-Scale Transactions
The need for transactional databases that can analyze data in real-time, on the same database, has never been greater than it is today. Check out this guest post from Rollie Schmidt Sr., director of business development at Clustrix, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner, to learn how success depends on a company’s ability to run high-speed analytics.

Has Rogue IT Infiltrated Your Organization?
Rogue IT occurs when teams outside of IT venture out on their own to pursue IT-based solutions. By adopting a service provider mentality, you can better evaluate current and future business needs to bring new projects to life quicker and more cost efficiently. This week, we’re bringing you a new white paper to help you learn the ways to identify, reign in and manage Rogue IT.

Do You Need A Data Scientist?
Data science isn’t dark magic, but understanding if you need data scientists and how they will fit into your organization is challenging. Where do we put them? Who do they interact with? What is the hand-off? Who do we structure around the project? If you are thinking about whether or not you need a data scientist, then here are some questions and insights to consider.

Helping You Sift Through New Technologies
With open sourced software providing increasingly easy access to technology, the IT landscape is constantly changing. Fortunately, we got you covered at Rackspace. Hear how our Cloud Launch Team can help you sift through new technologies.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Leezia Dhalla.

Leezia Dhalla joined Rackspace in January 2013. As a Corporate Communications team member, Leezia blogs, creates multimedia and builds presentations. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.


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