In a recent guest post entitled “Performance at Scale: SSDs, Silver Bullets and Serialization” for High Scalability, Aaron Sullivan, a Principal Engineer at Rackspace, took a close look at the problem of trying to increase performance across software and hardware systems. Let’s say that you want to increase the performance of your application by 10X. That turns out to be monumentally difficult and requires a comprehensive fine-tuning of all the components that contribute to performance.
Kabbee is growing. Last year, we grew nearly 400 percent and we’re looking to continue that trend and grow by the same amount this year and next, culminating in a growth rate of 64 times in just three years.
Let’s be honest, food rarely tastes as good when you make it yourself at home as it does when it’s prepared in a restaurant by a professional chef. It’s one of the reasons that people go out to dinner. Of course, you can go to the market, buy all of the ingredients, prepare and cook the meal and then clean up. Or, you can go to a restaurant, order the same dish and have it made by a specialist who has made it hundreds, maybe thousands, of times.
Some people like to do everything themselves. To manage their money, they open an online brokerage account and spend a lot of time researching investments and portfolio theory. To maintain their cars, they change their own fluids and filters and tires, and devote many hours to reading manuals and ordering parts. But investment vehicles and motor vehicles alike get increasingly complex. At some point, most busy, successful people — and busy, successful businesses — find it wise to focus on what they do best and let specialists do the rest. That’s a big part of the appeal of what we at Rackspace call managed cloud.
Until recently, cloud computing was leveraged mainly by early adopters. The tinkerers. The tech enthusiasts who typically move a young invention forward. Cloud infrastructure was a tool for do-it-all-yourself developers.
Last fall Rackspace announced the unlimited availability of Cloud Monitoring, our highly available API-driven monitoring system that is changing how we deliver Fanatical Support. Since then, we have been quietly adding features; and today we’re making those features available through unlimited availability, and we’re unveiling even more.
Your web applications need to scale, especially during demanding traffic events. Nginx is a high-performance web server and reverse proxy that can help you do that. Today, we are extending our Managed Cloud Fanatical Support to include the installation, troubleshooting, patching and performance tuning of Nginx.