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Rackspace Weekly Digest: May 9

At Rackspace this week we’re gearing up for OpenStack Summit Atlanta and wrapping up at EMC World. We also heard from Ranker, one of our customers; launched a new relationship between ZeroVM and UTSA; and announced the arrival of Performance Cloud Servers in Australia. Check out all of that and more in this week’s digest.

Prepping For OpenStack Summit
Dozens of Rackers will be on-hand during OpenStack Summit Atlanta. From helpful talks, to a keynote presentation from Cloud Architect Troy Toman, there will be a number of great Racker-led sessions, plus a whole lot more. You can see what we’re up to next week at OpenStack Summit Atlanta. And while you’re at it, check out why Icehouse is the enterprise-grade OpenStack release and catch up with our Why We Craft OpenStack video blog series.

Redefining Hybrid Clouds At EMC World
At EMC World this week we highlighted how our partnership with EMC helps us redefine the hybrid cloud. We also talked about the best cloud for SharePoint and shared tips for migrating traditional apps to a hybrid cloud.

With DevOps Automation Our Developers Can Focus On Code, Not Servers
Development is all about context. To have engineers digging into server issues and bouncing back and forth between developing and server management results in a huge loss of context. Developers require concentration and jumping from coding to fighting fires sets back progress. Here, Rackspace customer Ranker talks about how Rackspace DevOps Automation Service lets developers focus on code.

Hortonworks Data Platform In The Cloud: 3 Clicks To Cluster
This week we made key updates to our Cloud Big Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop, including support for the latest Apache Hadoop distribution from Hortonworks (Version 2.1) for deployment on Cloud Big Data Platform.

ZeroVM, UTSA Partnership To Investigate Future Cloud Use Cases
Rackspace’s sponsorship of ZeroVM runs deep. The company has formed a three-year partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to undertake advanced research projects that investigate how to make cloud computing with ZeroVM more valuable for everyone.

Performance Cloud Servers Coming To Australia
Six months ago we launched our most powerful model of cloud servers that are designed to provide an unparalleled level of application performance—and starting 13 May, our Australian customers can also leverage the reliability of Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers, from our Sydney data centre along with our US and UK data centres.

Email Hosting: The Road To Competitive Advantage [Infographic]
The right hosted email partner can be a game changer for business by helping to maintain email accessibility and performance while keeping employees focused on the high-value tasks that drive a competitive advantage. This infographic highlights some mind-boggling numbers related to business email.

Five Weaknesses That Kill App Performance
Performance issues are at the heart of why many apps don’t meet user expectations and die a slow death. Here are five performance weaknesses that impact the end user experience of any app.

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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