Rackspace Weekly Digest: July 26

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Leezia Dhalla | July 26, 2013 1:37 pm

It’s been a huge week for us at Rackspace. We’ve developed a new partnership with the Lean In nonprofit, made strides in our battle against patent trolls and had a huge presence at OSCON in Portland. You can read all about it – and more – in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.

Mazda Chooses Rackspace To Take The Driver’s Seat With Its Web And Application Hosting
Earlier this week, we told you that Mazda North American Operations has chosen to build its web presence on Rackspace technologies to accommodate its 2.1 million unique monthly visitors. We’re excited to work with the Mazda team[1] to bring them better application performance and, ultimately, better business performance.

Cloud Portability, The Hybrid Cloud And More Cloudiness At OSCON
Rackspace had a huge presence this week at OSCON in Portland. Developer Advocate Everett Toews discussed cloud portability with Multi-Cloud Toolkits[2]; Racker Wayne Walls dove into building applications[3]; and cloud guru Hart Hoover explained how DevOps is key to help power apps[4] on the hybrid cloud.

The STOP Act Aims To Thwart Patent Trolls
The patent reform effort on Capitol Hill continues to make progress. Earlier this week, Representatives Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Judy Chu, D-Calif., introduced H.R. 2766, Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act[5] (the STOP Act). The proposed legislation would expand and make permanent a program that creates a fair post grant review for business patent methods.

Rackspace Is Leaning In To Support Women In The Workplace
Rackspace has partnered with Lean In[6], a nonprofit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, to encourage women to  “lean in” and pursue their professional and personal goals with gusto. Join us in encouraging and empowering motivated women who want to take on management roles at Rackspace and other technology companies.

Fueling Fast Growth With Hybrid Cloud
In this guest post, Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer Behance highlights how a mix of dedicated servers and cloud resources helps it grow swiftly. Behance needs an infrastructure that can grow with it as the company iterates and evolves. The hybrid cloud does just that[7].

IronMQ Now In Rackspace’s Chicago Data Center
Iron.io’s IronMQ is now available in the Rackspace Chicago (ORD) data center; giving you an easier way to build high-scale, distributed cloud applications. Check out this guest post[8] from Ken Fromm, vice president of business development at Iron.io, on IronMQ’s mission to be the message queue for the cloud.

Technology Vs. Technical Expertise: My Ride On The ‘Highway Thru Hell’
Relying solely on technology (and not on technical expertise) led Racker Jordan Rinke to take a harrowing drive on a highway so notorious for dangerous conditions that it is the subject of a reality television show. What does this post have to do with Rackspace, technical expertise and DevOps? Find out for yourself here[9].

Endnotes:
  1. We’re excited to work with the Mazda team: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/newsarticles/mazda-chooses-rackspace-to-take-the-drivers-seat-with-its-web-and-application-hosting/
  2. cloud portability with Multi-Cloud Toolkits: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/cloud-portability-value-of-the-multi-cloud-toolkit/
  3. building applications: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/the-5-pillars-of-cloudiness-presented-at-oscon/
  4. DevOps is key to help power apps: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/moving-your-team-to-devops-to-leverage-the-hybrid-cloud/
  5. Stopping the Offensive Use of Patents Act: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/the-stop-act-aims-to-thwart-patent-trolls/
  6. Rackspace has partnered with Lean In: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/rackspace-is-leaning-in-to-support-women-in-the-workplace/
  7. The hybrid cloud does just that: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/fueling-fast-growth-with-hybrid-cloud/
  8. Check out this guest post: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/ironmq-now-in-rackspaces-chicago-data-center/
  9. Find out for yourself here: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/technology-vs-technical-expertise-my-ride-on-the-highway-thru-hell/

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