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Rackspace Weekly Digest: July 18

This week, we officially launched Rackspace managed cloud; took leaders positions in two Gartner Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting; prepped for OSCON; and partnered with AvePoint for SharePoint data protection and control. Check out all this and more in this week’s digest.

Rackspace Managed Cloud
This week, we launched Rackspace managed cloud, a new way for our customers to stay fast and lean. Managed cloud now includes to distinct managed service levels, a developer+ program, new Support SLAs and a new pricing structure. Hear more about managed cloud in this video and from managed cloud customer DigitalFilm Tree.

Rackspace A Leader In Gartner’s Magic Quadrants For Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting
Gartner has named Rackspace a leader in both the North American and European editions of its Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, a new Magic Quadrant that focus on the service layer on top of cloud infrastructure, rather than solely on the infrastructure itself. That’s where our managed cloud focus fits perfectly.

At OSCON, Rackers Will Showcase All Things Open Source
OSCON 2014 is upon is. We’ll have a number of Rackspace specialists on-hand throughout the event talking about all things open source. We’re pumped to head to Portland to highlight the projects we’ve contributed to and collaborate and innovate with the open source community. Here’s what we’re up to at OSCON 2014.

Monitor Like A Pro With Server-Side Configuration
We’ve heard your feedback: you want to apply preferred configurations across your entire environment, and you want it to be fast. You want to save and iterate on your favored set-up and use it as a template that can be shared. You want to update configurations in mere seconds. Server-side Configuration gives you what you’ve been asking for: configuration files that can be easily updated, shared, and used with automation tools.

Rackspace Partners With AvePoint
This week, Rackspace and AvePoint partnered to provide Rackspace customers the ability to access enhanced hybrid and cloud-based environments. Here are three reasons to be excited about the partnership. And check out how the partnership offers enterprise-class protection and control, and how it solves SharePoint content management and auditing challenges.

New To Hadoop? Here’s A Handy Guide To Get You Started (Part 2)
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 second piece of this two-part series, I cover more peripheral or optional features. And check out part one, which covered the most common and core pieces of functionality.

Inside My Home Rackspace Private Cloud, OpenStack Lab, Part 7: LBaaS
With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. 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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