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Rackspace Weekly Digest: May 23

This week, the fight against patent trolls was dealt a blow, Rackspace customer Alex and Ani talked about massive scale and record setting growth and we highlighted a warning label for unmanaged clouds. Check out all of that and more in this week’s digest.

A Sad Day For Patent Reform. A Bad Day For Innovation.
Score one for the patent trolls. It is beyond disappointing to write this, but the Senate Democratic Leadership this week shelved the patent litigation reform legislation that could have dealt a major blow to patent trolls.

The Cloud Warning Label
Cloud computing is an ever more powerful business tool, when properly managed. But the unmanaged clouds that most vendors are selling come with a dark side that is seldom disclosed. If they were consumer appliances or prescription drugs, these clouds would be tagged with a list of warnings.

Taking Advantage Of The Peak Moments For Record-Setting Growth
For a hyper-growth multi-channel retailer like Alex and Ani, it’s all about scale. We have to be ready for the peak moments, and our ecommerce platform has to be prepped to handle whatever comes our way.

Start Small, Think Big: From Virtualization To Hybrid Cloud [Webcast]
Join Rackspace CTO John Engates on Wednesday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a CIO.com webcast during which he’ll preview new trends in virtualization and provide insight into the challenges and payoffs of moving from virtualization to hybrid cloud.

Rackspace UK Ranks 6th, Achieves Master Status For Best Workplaces
This week, Rackspace UK placed sixth on the Great Place To Work Institute’s UK’s Best Workplaces list (we were recognised in the large category of companies with 500-plus employees). And while that recognition was enough to elate us all; we also achieved Master Status, which is awarded to companies that have been on the list for 10 consecutive years. Rackspace is just the fourth organisation to achieve Master Status.

OpenStack Isn’t Just For Boys [Video]
Last week I (Racker Leezia Dhalla) attended my first OpenStack Summit, which was hugely successful in helping me get up-to-speed on the latest developments in open source. But during my dozens of conversations with some of technology’s top thinkers, I couldn’t help but wonder: Where are all the women?

3 Reasons Customers Abandon Their Shopping Carts, And How To Stop It
Abandoned shopping carts are the bane of ecommerce stores. Here are three reasons customers abandon their shopping carts without purchase, and some steps you can take to address them.

Evade The Breach
You’ve heard it before: information security isn’t easy. There’s no perfect security policy or piece of technology that will protect your business from all attacks. However, security is a process and processes can always be improved. Last month, the great folks at Accruent invited me (Racker Major Hayden) to talk about this topic at the annual Accruent Insights 2014 conference held in Austin, Texas. Its users wanted to know more about the Target breach and the Heartbleed attack, as well as strategies for strengthening their security safeguards against unknown threats.

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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