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This is a guest post by Marc Gaffan, Co-Founder of Incapsula, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. Incapsula offers state-of-the-art security and performance to any size websites.
This is a guest post written and contributed by John Weinschenk, President & CEO at Cenzic, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner.  Cenzic provides software and SaaS offerings to help protect websites from hacker attacks.
I am pleased to announce that today we begin taking applicants for the Rackspace Cloud Monitoring Private Beta. This is especially exciting because we will be offering technology created and integrated post-acquisition of Cloudkick joining the Rackspace family.
Last week we talked about what a few big-name service companies would be without their commitment to service. When you think of hosting providers, service might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if you experience a failure, you quickly realize the value of service. In the cloud computing world, we constantly deal with intense projects, like helping customers scale infrastructure to handle spikes in web traffic, handling highly complex technical issues, or helping customers back track steps when a they’ve made a change to their configuration causing their site to go down.
In my travels speaking with organizations looking to move to the Cloud, I’m often confronted by folks who have an innate distrust of all things Cloud. These folks are easy to deals with; I respect their opinion (despite entirely disagreeing with it) and am happy enough to leave them alone to (eventually) come to rational conclusions themselves.
In a recent CloudU report we talked about the fact that a lack of formal cloud computing qualifications is something of a barrier to organizations adopting the Cloud. It’s something we’re trying, in some small way, to address with the CloudU certificate, but nonetheless the fact remains that when it comes to cloud computing, many times it comes down to just diving in and having a go.
In a recent CloudU report, we talked at length about how an organization should approach a move to the Cloud and which applications they should pick as initial prospects for migrating. In the report we advised organizations to look at applications that;
As I travel around talking to organizations and the decision makers within them about Cloud Computing, I find myself enumerating a list of benefits that many of us believe come with Cloud Computing. The list includes scalability, economic benefits, the ability to focus on core business, etc.
One bright spot that has persisted amidst our current troubled global economy is growth of Internet services. And fortunately, it seems as though there are still great growth opportunities online; as global Internet penetration rate is still just barely above 30%, we clearly have a long way to go in this trend. What’s going to be the key technology that drives us there?
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