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It was another whirlwind week here at Rackspace. From closing out SXSW Interactive, a major nod as the No. 2 in the cloud computing game and a big mention in a piece about wowing customers with incredible support; Rackspace Hosting dominated the headlines.
Entrepreneurs are an essential fabric within the Rackspace Startup Program. To help facilitate the dreams of startups from ideation to implementation is truly fulfilling for the Space Cowboys. Startups are leading the way into the future of computing. Within Rackspace Hosting, we have leaders who embrace the startup movement and understand that we must engage, add more value to and enhance our relationships with startups. Lew Moorman, newly appointed President of Rackspace Hosting, is one of those leaders. Moorman joined Rackspace in April of 2000 and has served in a variety of strategy and marketing roles throughout the company’s growth. Now it’s time to go inside and find out Lew’s views on how Rackspace and the Startup Program are supporting startups.
Online game developers have a unique set of challenges when it comes to success. One challenge is that they need to scale – quickly. If their game goes viral – as the biggest games undoubtedly do – the game needs to stay online or else it’s toast. This also leads into a second challenge, which is availability and performance. There’s nothing more frustrating to a gamer than to be in the middle of an intense play and have the game freeze. Any way you look at it, it’s not cool – for the gamer or the developer.
When we launched our new brand in January, we proclaimed our category to be IT Hosting. We have gotten several customers asking what we mean by this shift. Do we intend to change our business? Are we getting away from our core offer? What does this mean for customers?