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Rackspace Weekly Digest: March 7

SXSW is in full swing this week, and Rackspace will be out in force with our specialists. This week also saw the launch of new Windows deployments and a new social app for customer support. Take a look at all that and more in the weekly digest.

Rackspace Specialists Bringing The Awesome At SXSW 2014 #SXRackspace
Rackspace plans to have a massive presence this week and next week at SXSW Interactive – the Austin conference where top tech titans discuss everything from the latest in robotics to the best way to run your websites. Here’s a full list of events and happenings and where you can find our Rackspace specialists throughout SXSW, including the Slashathon and an Austin Women in Tech networking meetup.

Introducing HelpSocial: A Social App For Supporting Customers
This week we introduced HelpSocial, a new social app for serving and supporting customers. HelpSocial is a new company separate from Rackspace, but born from the same Fanatical Support values and driven by our proven belief that the best business strategies are rooted in customer service.

StartupBus Brings ‘Buspreneurs’ To Rackspace HQ
This week Rackspace hosted StartupBus, a startup competition in which seven buses each carrying 30 entrepreneurs, coders and designers travel cross-country converged at Rackspace. During the 72-hour road trip, teams built and launched a startup. Throughout the week, the startups pitched their app creations and a winner was chosen.

Deploy Windows Applications With Ease On The Rackspace Cloud
This week our Cloud Deployment Services team added support for Windows deployments. The following applications are available now to deploy on the Rackspace Cloud: ASP .Net 4.5, JabbR, DNN (DotNetNuke) and Umbraco.

5 Things To Consider When Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan
It’s increasingly complex to map disaster recovery (DR) business requirements to business processes, service requirements and technology. How do you make sense of it all? Here are some things to think about as you consider DR in the context of modern, “cloudy” IT. Here, we discuss things to consider when building a DR plan.

Hybrid Cloud Provides Vital Help For Heroes
In this guest post, UK-based charity Help for Heroes highlights how a hybrid cloud provides resilience and security and the ability to scale.

Build Content, Commerce And Mobile Applications With Rackspace Digital
Rackspace has created a new team that brings together the experience we have built over the last 14 years supporting the digital engagement platforms for some of the world’s leading brands. This new initiative is called Rackspace Digital.

Inside My Home Rackspace Private Cloud, OpenStack Lab, Part 3
In the first three posts Racker Kevin Jackson covered what hardware is involved, the basic network services that form the basis of a Rackspace Private Cloud install and setting up a Rackspace Private Cloud and OpenStack for high availability. In part 4, Kevin digs into Neutron networking.

The NoSQL Landscape: An Interactive Infographic
NoSQL datastores are thriving. This infographic examines the NoSQL landscape and looks at MongoDB, Redis and CouchDB.

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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