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Didn’t get a chance to make it to our brown bag lunch at InternetWeek last Wednesday? Here are some of the questions that came off the floor, answered by Racker Dax Moreno. If there’s something else you’d like to know about, leave us a comment. We’ll be happy to get back to you.
Recently, Jason Hare and Jesse Eversole, the co-founders of MadTek, stopped by Rackspace to talk with their account team. MadTek, which offers a complete line of hosting products and solutions, has been a Rackspace Partner for more than six years. MadTek specializes in email solutions, hosting for e-commerce sites, open source ECM or search engine marketing consulting. They have expert specialization in Open Source web applications hosting including Joomla!®, Drupal® and Plone®. MadTek relies on Rackspace for hardware and technical support, on both Windows® and Linux® servers, to ensure their critical business needs are met and their infrastructure is always accessible to support their customers.
Last week marked the first ever Rackspace Financial Analyst Day at the New York Stock Exchange, which culminated with Graham Weston and several Rackspace customers ringing the closing bell.
Want to know what it’s like being a Racker? Curious about Fanatical Support? We made a short film called “A Day in the Life of a Racker” featuring Linux Administrator David Corn.  He responds to tickets, answers questions for customers and even troubleshoots a DDoS attack.
Late last week SearchCloudComputing.com, a TechTarget publication, came out with their list of the Top 10 Leaders in Cloud Computing. We are proud to be represented in the list by Lew Moorman, President of Cloud and Chief Strategy Officer here at Rackspace.  Lew has spent his career at Rackspace shaping and guiding the strategic direction of the company, most notably launching our cloud hosting division in 2006. He is best known in the industry for advocating an open cloud strategy, which he brought to life at Rackspace when he championed the open-sourcing of Rackspace’s cloud APIs in 2009.
Rackers all over the country are gearing up for the third annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. In November of 2008, Rackers were able to collect enough food to feed 500 San Antonio families, 25 Virginia families, 35 Austin families, and 60 families in the DFW area. All together, Rackspace joined together to support 620 families in need. This was a huge accomplishment and Rackers rallied together to achieve this goal.
We’ve got a Nintendo Wii in the break room here at the Rackspace Blacksburg, VA office. We’ve even got a wicked ax for rocking out to Guitar Hero. But the reason that everyone was gathered in there yesterday was to watch our CEO, Lanham Napier, on Fox Business News. He told the Rackspace story to thousands of viewers. He told people what a ‘Racker’ is. He got called a ‘Gutsy Texan’ by Liz Claman. It was a great interview.
We are always interested in talking to IT professionals about their business IT needs and how they provide solutions for their business users. We want to learn how we can continue to develop valuable services that are relevant to the needs of businesses today and the IT staffs that support them. That’s why, during the week of October 19-23, I will be at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo in Orlando, FL and SpiceWorld 2009 in Austin, TX (Hosted by Spiceworks) representing Rackspace Email & Apps.
We are sure happy to welcome GitHub to Rackspace. I have gotten to know the founders of GitHub over the last year, and there is no question this is a team and concept that the world should not ignore. We are excited to support them as they continue to deliver great services to the developer community.
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