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If there’s one thing all Rackers agree on, it’s that no two days at the office are alike when you work at Rackspace.
This past week we got to take a sneak peek into the newest home for Geekdom, the place where startups are born, out in San Francisco. Started almost two years ago in San Antonio, the hometown of Rackspace, Geekdom has become the largest co-working space in Texas with 45,000 square feet of makers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The San Francisco location opened up a couple of months ago, so we wanted to chat with some of the folks who worked over there on the West Coast.
An important item to set up on your Cloud Servers is the backup schedule. Joseph Palumbo has this as one of his first five things to consider when starting a cloud project, and I couldn’t agree more. Rackspace’s Cloud Backup requires just a little bit of work to get going, but once it’s running you can rest easy knowing that your data is being regularly backed up.
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.
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