Businesses work with us because they trust us with their customers, their partners and, ultimately, their reputations. Over the past 15 years, we’ve had lots of successes and grown rapidly—but we couldn’t have done it alone.
In my previous post, I talked about how Stripe makes accepting online payments incredibly easy and showed how my friend Carrie incorporated it into her online cookie business. Well, a few popular bloggers linked to her site and business has exploded! Time to take her website to the next level and create an interactive Rails app to sell her cookies. Luckily, it is incredibly easy to integrate Stripe into her new web application.
Have you ever changed your mind about seeing a movie because the line outside the theater was too long? Have you ever decided to go to a different restaurant after the host estimated a 40-minute wait for a table? If so, you’ve done exactly what web surfers do in large numbers every time they hit a slow website.
If you’re a small development shop, you want to spend as much time as possible working on your core product and offload the rest. Email? Let Mailgun handle that. Invoicing and billing? Use FreshBooks. File sharing? DropBox. Accepting payments? Ouch. Build your own and you’ll have to spend time worrying about purging logs, becoming PCI compliant, setting up a payment gateway and handling encryption.
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.
With open sourced software providing increasingly easy access to technology, the IT landscape is constantly changing. A problem that you encounter today may have a solution that is only days or weeks old. With so much change, it is hard to keep up with the latest developments. Fortunately, we got you covered at Rackspace.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Rollie Schmidt Sr., Director of Business Development at Clustrix, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. Clustrix is the leading scale-out SQL database engineered for the cloud.
As the momentum in big data solutions reaches a heightened awareness, the demand for deep understanding of technologies like Apache HadoopTM becomes top of mind with our customers. One of the focal events for training and thought leadership around Apache Hadoop is the annual Hadoop Summit hosted by Hortonworks. As you may remember, we partnered with Hortonworks in the fourth quarter of 2012 to bring an on-demand Apache Hadoop product to the open cloud. Currently in private beta, the open cloud offering aims to provide customers with an easy platform to learn, develop and validate both the application and toolset.
As a developer, you understand just how complex your application stack can be. Depending on its environment, there can be dozens to hundreds of critical components that together make up your cloudy app, and each piece is vital to its performance and reliability. To monitor each component, you might use multiple, non-integrated tools to gain visibility into your stack. And that makes troubleshooting app performance issues a challenging endeavor.