2014 has been an innovation-fueled year for Rackspace. As Rackspace cements itself as the No. 1 Managed Cloud company, we continue to evolve what it means to deliver Fanatical Support in a rapidly accelerating cloud era. In December 2013, we launched Rackspace DevOps Automation,responding directly to our customers’ requests for expertise in navigating the complex world of DevOps.
New Relic is a leader for end-to-end application performance monitoring with its deep visibility at the code, the server and the browser levels for the end user’s experience. Its SaaS offering delivers real-time performance data for your web applications in production, the ability to view metrics in a dashboard, as well as the ability to receive alerts based upon key metrics for applications and servers, so you can offer your customers high performing, stable software, even in complex application environments.
Appboy makes a marketing automation platform for mobile apps and it works with some of the largest brands in app stores, such as Shape Magazine, Urban Outfitters and many more. The problem Appboy solves for its customers is app abandonment, or app engagement – keeping users engaged and coming back to apps.
Last year, Rackspace noticed a shift in the market – a growing demand from customers for the ability to continuously deploy and efficiently expand their applications to keep up with their fast-growing business. In December 2013, we answered this call by launching the DevOps Automation Service, the industry’s first “DevOps-as-a-Service” offering.
Making the transition to DevOps practices requires more than just a flip of a switch. It takes stakeholder buy-in and often requires cultural and business practice transformations that impact the entire organization. DevOps isn’t a product; it’s a methodology, and adoption takes preparation and planning. Many companies are eager to get started with DevOps, but are looking for guidance on how and where to begin.
The Good Old Days, Then Came Cloud
Pre-cloud and Pre-DevOps, things were much simpler. Sys Admins had a clearly defined role. If your boss was upset that the application was slow, you’d log into the server, check top, memory consumption, narrow it down per process, maybe run an strace, and continue troubleshooting until you hopefully discovered the cause.
Rackspace and our team of DevOps Automation specialists are headed to San Francisco next week for ChefConf 2014! Be sure to drop by booth #126 to find out more about our DevOps Automation Service and managed support for DevOps tools to help automate the process of deploying and scaling applications.
It was only a few years ago that Rackspace did everything manually to launch new products. The process would take us two years and by the time the product launched, someone would beat us on time to market and it would diminish our hard work. We were entering the cloud market and it was clear that we either had to innovate more quickly and get products out faster or we would not be competitive in this growing, fast-paced market.