One of the number one questions that I get from prospective customers is, “Which Rackspace cloud product is right for me?” We have three main cloud hosting offerings here at Rackspace: Cloud Sites, Cloud Servers and Managed Cloud. Understanding what each product does might be a little confusing, so to explain the differences I like to use a photography analogy.
What’s the link between Apple, gdgt and Rackspace? Apple releases new innovative products; gdgt shares the latest news with millions of visitors; Rackspace Cloud Sites ensures that gdgt’s site stays up and running so that Apple fans can get the latest info.
As we promised in May, we’re adding new features and making changes to Rackspace Cloud Sites on a more regular cadence and there are more feature additions, site improvements and product changes on the way. One thing to keep an eye out for is integration with the new Cloud Control Panel, which is under development. For now, Cloud Sites will continue to be accessed from the existing control panel. And that’s just one of many things to come. Here is a more comprehensive list of what to expect in Cloud Sites into early 2013 (click image to enlarge):
This is a guest post written and contributed by Kevin Woodberry, a Rackspace customer who works with SME clients in Colchester, Essex, England, offering online marketing strategies and solutions. Catch up with Kevin at http://woodberry.me.uk
As a reseller of Rackspace Cloud Sites, I get a lot of questions concerning the service in general and also about my particular offerings and plans. What I find is that most, if not all, of my potential and realized clients are very technical people — in many cases more so than I am — and they ask a lot of very detailed, technical questions. Of course, that is no problem, because I have 24×7 access to a chat with a Rackspace technician through whom I can find the answers to even the most obscure questions, and get back to my clients almost immediately. I’d say around 90 percent of the questions I receive come from various directions and are all a little bit different. Still, there are some common themes that come up when my customers call. Here are the five most common questions/thoughts that I receive from my Rackspace Cloud Sites customers:
While Cloud Sites is an excellent product to host your website or application, many companies choose to compliment this with our other cloud offerings. There can be different parts of your configuration to handle your financial transactions, website, applications and media files, along with peaks from seasonal or marketing promotions.
As with all great products, Cloud Sites was built by a great team. In addition to Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey, there were many other Rackers who put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears to create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to enable developers and designers to focus on their product without worrying about the hosting.
Before Cloud Sites, our Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product was called The Hosting System; prior to the launch cloud founders Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey needed to name the company that would offer the product.
Last month we talked about past, present and future of Cloud Sites and touched upon some of the features you can expect in the future. Today, we are excited to announce that Rackspace Cloud Sites now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2012. A list of the latest versions of all software supported by Cloud Sites is available here.