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Webmail ‘Beta Pushes’

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As I’ve been talking about for quite some time, now that our new webmail platform has been released, we’re going to take the “release early and often” approach to software development. As opposed to always taking on enormous projects that take forever to complete, we’re going to break all projects down into small chunks and get the smaller chunks out the door as quickly as possible.
Here is how we’re going to move forward for the foreseeable future, with regards to software development around our webmail platform:
1. As we develop new features and enhancements, we’re going to initially upload them to our beta site. Feel free to login there at any time, but realize, it’s just a beta site.
2. Once the latest fixes, features, and enhancements are ready to go live, we’ll release what we call a “beta push” which means we’re pushing the new stuff from beta to the live environment.
We’re going to release Beta Push 1 later today, which includes close to 30 fixes, enhancements, and new features. I will write about the primary features that can be found in this release once they go live.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Pat Matthews.

Pat Matthews is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Pat founded Webmail.us, a business email hosting company that made Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2007 Rackspace acquired Webmail.us and the two businesses joined forces. From 2007 to 2009, Pat led the Rackspace mail business and helped grow it to more than two million paid mailboxes worldwide.

In January 2010, Pat was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of all Rackspace cloud businesses. In this role he led Rackspace to become one of the most important companies in the cloud computing industry. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cloud at Rackspace in August of 2010.

Today, Pat oversees corporate development, which includes M&A, investment projects, new business initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Pat is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He is an angel investor and advisor in several startup companies. Pat and his family live in San Antonio, TX.


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  • http://www.rocknerd.com Mike Bulman

    @Diego: We do have a set of servers that are dedicated to serving static content.  As for various files:

    css: this is an area we are currently improving.

    js: you should only see js files requested one time per version. after that they should be cached.  there are exceptions on a few popup pages, but they will be converted in the near future.

    images: we set a fairly high expire time on images, so they should be caching.  if they are not, i tend to lean towards a browser issue.

    We have not tried litespeed, but we are constantly working to server static content faster and more efficiently, so it is a possibility sometime in the future.

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