Our goal at Rackspace is to serve our customers so well that they will grow with us and never leave. We’re always looking for ways to reward long-term and high-volume customers. In that spirit, today we are launching a new loyalty program that offers savings on our cloud compute products. The essence of the program is simple: the more you use and the longer you stay, the more you save.
Performance. That’s a word I hear more and more as I meet with Rackspace customers. It’s what most of us strive for in business, and in life. We want things done faster, more precisely, and more reliably — from our morning coffee to our business projects and goals. The drive for performance, amid rising competition, pushes us to innovate. What used to take weeks now takes minutes.
The true value of a successful innovation is not always immediately evident. But then it spawns more innovation, and its performance grows exponentially. That’s as true in cloud computing as it was a century ago in auto making. When Ransom Olds and Henry Ford began building cars on assembly lines, the early models were good. But the succeeding models quickly got better — by orders of magnitude. They were far faster, more reliable, and more affordable.
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.
Performance is a key consideration in any infrastructure decision and an important topic for our customers, and therefore an important subject for Rackspace. Keeping a focus on performance and providing a high performance-to-price ratio is important for any cloud provider.
As a Solutions Architect within Rackspace’s Big Cloud team, I have the good fortune of working with both private cloud and public cloud customers. I often see businesses adopt hybrid cloud strategies, whereby services consumed span both these platforms. Deciding where to put different workloads ultimately begs the question: how do public and private cloud platforms stack up against each other from a performance perspective?
This is a guest post written and contributed by Daniela Sztulwark (@danielaszt), marketing manager at BlazeMeter, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. BlazeMeter (www.blazemeter.com) is a self-service, web and mobile load testing platform (PaaS) providing developers an enterprise grade, out-of-the-box load testing solution and is 100 percent compatible with the popular open source softwares Apache JMeter™ and Selenium.
Performance, or more precisely, the lack of performance, is an invisible cost in your architecture. It is a tax you have to pay by having to overprovision resources in your cloud design to match a given workload. A hybrid cloud gives you the flexibility to choose from different performance profiles to fit your application needs, from dedicated to shared cloud resources, and across its evolution from small endeavor to large mission critical app.
This week kicks off a new series called “Cloud Questions You Didn’t Even Know You Had.” I want to discuss some topics that folks might not even consider as they look toward taking advantage of the cloud.