I know that it may be hard to believe, but the holiday shopping season is fast approaching. If you have an ecommerce site, or have aspirations to set up an ecommerce solution, you need to start preparing now.
This past week we got to take a sneak peek into the newest home for Geekdom, the place where startups are born, out in San Francisco. Started almost two years ago in San Antonio, the hometown of Rackspace, Geekdom has become the largest co-working space in Texas with 45,000 square feet of makers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The San Francisco location opened up a couple of months ago, so we wanted to chat with some of the folks who worked over there on the West Coast.
This past week we had a special Cloud Office Hours, where we got to interview some of the engineers behind the Rackspace Deployment Services. We recently launched this service in our Cloud Control Panel, enabling users to automatically deploy infrastructure for popular apps, frameworks and building blocks of the cloud using tried-and-true best practices. I cover some of the highlights below, but this is going to be one Hangout that you don’t want to miss and I encourage you to watch the entire video embedded at the bottom of the post.
Last week during our Cloud Office hours, we covered modularity in the cloud, another one of the Pillars of Cloudiness. For the past several weeks we have led discussions based on the blog series created by Wayne Walls about each of these pillars. You can read about some of the highlights below as well as watch the full video on modularity at the end of the post.
Last week during our Cloud Office hours, we talked about another one of the Pillars of Cloudiness, horizontal scaling. These hangouts have been inspired by the blog series created by Wayne Walls, and I would encourage you to check it out if you are getting started in the cloud. Some of the highlights from the hangout are listed below, and you can also watch the full video on horizontal scaling at the end of the post.
Last week we discussed the importance of being agile in the cloud. This Hangout was based on a post from Wayne Wall’s Pillars of Cloudiness series in which he looked at the five core building blocks all cloud apps should have. Below are some of the more major bullet points, hyperlinked to the moment in time we discussed them in in the Hangout. I have also embedded the video of the entire conversation at the end of this post. Don’t forget to come Hangout with us this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. CST on the Rackspace Google+ page.
In this edition of the Google+ Office Hours Hangout, we talked about some of first steps to achieve security in the cloud. While security is a topic that deserves weeks of discussion, we wanted to give a quick overview on some of the basic practices. If you have any other questions about securing your solutions in the cloud, check out Wayne Walls’s security post as part of his Pillars of Cloudiness and feel free to give us a call at Rackspace and ask for a Launch Manager. Here are some of the highlights from last week’s Hangout – and you can scroll to the bottom to watch the Hangout in its entirety.
This past Google+ Hangout took place on the Third Thursday, meaning that the floor was open to general Q&A for anyone interested in the cloud. We fielded questions that were posted to Facebook, Twitter and Google+, in addition to talking about some of cloud trends and best practices. Here is a recap of some of the top points, and you can watch the Cloud Office Hours Hangout video in its entirety below.
My co-host Alan Bush was out for this Hangout as he is on paternity leave with a new baby! We’re all awaiting his return, but glad that he is getting to spend some time with his newly expanded family. This past week in the Google+ Office Hours Hangout, we turned our attention to DNS, the address book for the Internet. You can click any of the links in the below bullets to go to that point in the Hangout, or you can watch the entire Office Hours on DNS by clicking here or going to the bottom of the page.
Last week in our Office Hours Google+ Hangout, we answered the question, “What do I need to consider before I move to the cloud?” We examined this question with a few different types of people: those with physical devices only, those currently launching a new project and others. Potential cloud consumers should note that they don’t have to jump into the cloud all at once, but can rather move in an incremental manner. Here are some of the highlights from the Hangout, and you can see the complete video at the bottom on the post.