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.
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.
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 week, we touched down in San Francisco for four days of wall-to-wall coverage on virtualization and the cloud at VMworld 2013. The 10th anniversary of VMware’s annual user conference brought in more than 22,000 attendees, from developers and architects, to evangelists and business executives.
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.
It was another typical (or is that not-so-typical?) Friday here at Rackspace. We had another class of graduating Rookies – and a celebration welcoming them to the Rack. We had celebrated Food Truck Friday, during which several food trucks come to our Castle headquarters at lunch. And we kicked off a bowling fundraiser supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. And that’s not all.
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.
One of the main draws to the hybrid cloud is creating an app that might be small today but could scale to be huge tomorrow. However, scalability is not something that happens right out of the box; it has to be built into your app and infrastructure.