This is a guest post written and contributed by Lance Albertson, director of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. This week, Rackspace Training for OpenStack is teaching an OpenStack Fundamentals course at OSU.
Every day our customers ask how they can improve their performance — in terms of speed, throughput, reliability and predictability. As we head into the holiday season, those calls come with increased urgency. Businesses turn to Rackspace to help them get their new offers to market faster and to scale their users, data and transactions to meet the upcoming holiday rush.
OpenStack is incredibly powerful – and we’re taking our Rackspace Training for OpenStack on the road over the next few months to four major universities to give students a hands-on OpenStack experience.
With a mission-based focus on scientific research, universities and research institutes have long been at the forefront of technology innovation that embraces open standards and ease of collaboration. By nature, the academy well understands that when hundreds of researchers contribute to a shared purpose and solve a shared problem in open and transparent ways, everyone benefits. The pace of innovation is accelerated and the diversity of solutions and approaches ensures that good solutions persist and not so good ones are quickly identified. Some might argue that the relative success of open-sourced platforms suggests that proprietary technologies often preclude necessary innovation. The growth of cloud has further challenged both researchers and industry. The scale economies of cloud-based solutions brings with it attendant challenges for the research community – beginning with the question of how to scale a conversation that brings both sides of an open community together to ensure that the full benefits of the cloud can be realized.
Five months ago, we joined a crowd of 20,000 technology enthusiasts for a week of little sleep and a whole lot of exciting tech discussions and networking at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2013 in Austin.
In May, we began offering limited availability of the Brocade Vyatta vRouter. This network appliance allows us to provide you software-based networking and securityfeatures, such as virtual private network (VPN), firewall, network address translation (NAT) and routing capabilities in the next generation open cloud. Until today, all Cloud Account customers who were interested in using the vRouter had to apply for access to this software appliance. Today, we are removing this limitation and offering unlimited availability of the vRouter to all of our Cloud Account customers.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) will kick off a new series of monthly webinars for Linux and open source professionals at 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, August 20. The first installment will answer the question “What is OpenStack?”
It’s been almost five months since we launched the Open Cloud Academy, an educational organization designed to arm students with affordable IT training and industry standard certifications, specifically around open cloud technologies.