Rackspace Weekly Digest: May 31

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Leezia Dhalla | May 31, 2013 10:30 am

Spring has flown by, and we can barely believe that June is right around the corner. The good news is that we’ve got a ton of cloud-related news and events planned for the coming months. If you missed the action this week, you can still check out our awesome infographics, webinars, ways to encourage change in IT and how to build a better email system. And if you’re in the Windy City next week, make sure to swing by our booth at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exposition.

VPN Gateway, Firewall And NAT Capabilities Now Available In The Open Cloud
We’ve got more good news for you: Rackspace customers can now use the Brocade Vyatta vRouter[1], a software-based networking appliance, in the next generation open cloud. This capability will give you the benefits of increased security and the ability to expand your IT resources in the Rackspace open cloud[2] while minimizing costs.

Install Drupal, Joomla On Cloud Sites With One Click
Want to install Drupal[3] and Joomla[4] quickly and with fewer headaches? Well, you’re in luck. We have a new Drupal and Joomla installer[5] that gives you a fast and simple way to launch new pages using Rackspace Cloud Sites[6].

How to Inspire, Encourage Change in IT
Cloud computing gives tech professionals the opportunity to better manage complex IT infrastructures. But how can you persuade IT employees to change technologies, processes or procedures that can help you have a positive impact on the business? Rich Murr answers this (and more) in his blog post on managing internal change in IT environments.[7]

Auto-Scaling In The Cloud: Google+ Hangout With RightScale Recap
Each Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST, our Cloud Launch Team offers office hours on our Google+ page[8] to give people a chance to ask questions and learn more about the cloud. Last week, we talked to RightScale[9], a Cloud Tools[10] partner, about strategies for organizing, automating and auto-scaling your configurations. Take a look at our video[11] on how the cloud can help you set up a disaster recovery plan or handle a heavy load of data. 

Business Email 101 – Step 2: How To Host Your Email?
We recently published our Business Email 101 Guide[12] to help you think through your business email management strategy. If you’ve decided to go the hosted email route, your next step is to determine what kind of hosting you need. Check out our graphic[13] comparing the nuts and bolts of Rackspace’s email service against Google’s mail offerings.

Which Workloads Do Enterprises Move To The Cloud?
We all benefit from cloud technology, but not every enterprise workload is right for the cloud. This week, we’re bringing you an awesome infographic[14] that will help you identify which workloads your enterprise should put in the cloud.  If you need help figuring out where to start or how to expand your cloud journey, contact our Advisory Services Team[15] to setup a Cloud Readiness Assessment[16].

Build Your Ecommerce Strategy With Rackspace At IRCE 2013
Next week we’re heading to Chicago to attend the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition[17] (IRCE), one of the largest conferences of the year. If you’ll be in the Windy City from June 4 to June 7, join Rackspace at Booth #1573[18] inside McCormick Place West to talk about the latest innovative retail technology.

Endnotes:
  1. the Brocade Vyatta vRouter: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/vpn-gateway-firewall-and-nat-capabilities-now-available-in-the-open-cloud/
  2. Rackspace open cloud: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/
  3. Drupal: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/sites/web-hosting/drupal/
  4. Joomla: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/sites/web-hosting/joomla/
  5. Drupal and Joomla installer: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/install-drupal-and-joomla-on-rackspace-cloud-sites-with-one-click/
  6. Rackspace Cloud Sites: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/public/sites/
  7. managing internal change in IT environments.: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/how-to-inspire-encourage-change-in-it/
  8. Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/+RackspaceHosting/posts
  9. RightScale: https://www.rightscale.com/?utm_expid=3535964-35
  10. Cloud Tools: https://cloudtools.rackspace.com/home
  11. Take a look at our video: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/auto-scaling-in-the-cloud-google-hangout-with-rightscale-recap/
  12. Business Email 101 Guide: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/whitepaper/business-email-101-an-8-step-guide-to-selecting-email-for-your-business
  13. Check out our graphic: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/business-email-101-step-2-how-to-host-your-email/
  14. an awesome infographic: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/which-workloads-do-enterprises-move-to-the-cloud/
  15. Advisory Services Team: http://www.rackspace.com/enterprise_hosting/advisory_services/
  16. Cloud Readiness Assessment: http://c1776742.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/downloads/pdfs/CloudReadinessAssessment.pdf
  17. the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition: http://irce.internetretailer.com/2013/?iprospect=irce2013
  18. join Rackspace at Booth #1573: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/build-your-ecommerce-strategy-with-rackspace-at-irce-2013/

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