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Rackspace Weekly Digest: November 29

From our CTO’s visit to Washington, D.C. to get an inside look at the changes being made to fix HealthCare.gov, to supporting small businesses; it was another busy week here at The Rack. In this week’s digest, we highlight those and more.

More Transparency Helps Get HealthCare.gov On The Road To Recovery
At Rackspace, one of our core values is full disclosure and transparency. In this post, Rackspace CTO John Engates talks about why he was pleased to see transparency in action early this week in Washington, D.C. Engates was invited to the White House to get an inside look at the workings of HealthCare.gov and share ideas with our nation’s top tech staff.

Tapping Scalability (And Good Beer) With ObjectRocket And MongoDB
In this guest post, Untappd shares how it uses ObjectRocket MongoDB and Rackspace to power its social mobile app for beer enthusiasts.

Support Small Businesses This Saturday
It wasn’t too long ago that Rackspace was a small business. And many of our customers are small businesses, too. We’re super excited to be a Corporate Supporter of Small Business Saturday® on November 30.

Don’t Throw Your Code Over The Wall: 5 Ways To Work With Ops Engineers
While the tech world is shifting to more of a DevOps structure, in many places the invisible wall that separates developers and operations engineers is still pretty high. Here are some suggestions from different Rackspace employees on how to best handoff your app to the ops team instead of just throwing the code over the wall.

Geekdom SF Hosts Highground Hackathon For Mental Health; More Planned
Rackspace’s Geekdom San Francisco recently co-hosted a hackathon with Highground Hackers. The focus of the hackathon was to develop solutions to mental health issues.

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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