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By Jeff Zucker, CEO, MyDirectives.com
Digital Diversification Diversification is a vitally important business strategy that applies to everything from your finances, your workforce and especially your IT layer. The same way you should never place all of your cash reserves into a single investment or hire only database administrators, you should avoid hosting your critical data on a single device or depend heavily on a single technology and, when possible, avoid deploying at a single location.
Today, we expand the RackConnect portfolio of connectivity services to include a new inter-region private connectivity service. RackConnect RegionLink is a fully managed service that enables you to transfer data between Rackspace Regions at a lower latency and with better throughput than over the Internet by utilizing an MPLS VPN connection over the Rackspace backbone.
“Employees are a company’s greatest asset—they’re your competitive advantage” is an often-repeated phrase attributed to former chairperson and CEO of Xerox, Anne M. Mulcahy. Yet how well does your organization understand the true costs of this significant asset, particularly those working for your business in IT?
By Eric Boisjoli, Co-Founder, Bold Innovation Group Ltd.
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.
I’m a recovering Product Manager who just joined Rackspace a few months ago. Until recently, Rackspace has been relatively limited in the private cloud options we offer to our customers. This has forced some of our customers to either not come to Rackspace when they wanted to experience our Fanatical Support or we forced them to change technologies. I struggle not to write something that reflects a product brief, but the reality is that I’m very excited that we have added a new service that truly responds to our customers’ demands.
Despite a nearly 7 percent national unemployment rate, the unemployment rate in IT hovers just below 3 percent, according to a Dice report. Among IT hiring managers, 62 percent report that filling open positions is taking longer than it did last year, with some technology professionals reporting up to a six-month hiring cycle.
Back in August, I unveiled Rackspace’s step into Microsoft virtualization and private cloud offerings. Well, today I am honored to tell you that Rackspace now supports Microsoft’s cloud platform, which includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure Pack, in all of our U.S. data centers. Additionally, Rackspace is now a member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network.
Ask anyone in IT management and they’ll tell you that they want to help grow the business, meet user requests faster, promote good governance—and do all of it faster, better and cheaper. Yet in reality, most IT teams are stuck maintaining existing systems. And that routine busywork prevents them from focusing on strategic challenges that drive innovation. So what can your organization do about it?
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