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It’s been almost five months since we launched the Open Cloud Academy, an educational organization designed to arm students with affordable IT training and industry standard certifications, specifically around open cloud technologies.
Organizations are struggling to hire talent with the cloud computing skills necessary for the new world of IT. We see it ourselves. In a recent survey of 1,300 companies, we found that more than half of the organizations we polled suffer from a shortage of cloud computing talent.
One of the most difficult aspects of migrating existing IT applications to the cloud is setting up appropriate storage for those applications. In fact, one of the questions I am frequently asked by our customers is how to set up Rackspace Private Cloud Software to enable their business take advantage of enterprise storage. This dilemma historically has not been easy to solve, since current cloud storage solutions require either re-writing applications to use object storage or using new technologies like NoSQL databases.
One of our goals at Rackspace is to make it easier for enterprises to deploy and manage private clouds. We’ve made great strides with the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud, powered by OpenStack® (dubbed “Alamo”),  which lets our customers go from bare metal to a private cloud in their own data center in less than an hour.
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