In Star Wars Episode One, The Phantom Menace, The Supreme Chancellor dispatches two Jedi Knights to resolve an impending war on the planet Naboo. As things fall apart and war begins, the Jedis Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon seek out allies for the Naboo to battle the robot army, so they travel to the underwater city of the Gungans to have an audience with their leader, Boss Nass. In the course of the negotiation, Boss Nass indicates that the Gungans could care less for the Naboo or what happens to them. Obi-Wan states, “You and the Naboo form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this.”
Being called a “Racker” doesn’t just mean that you’ve had the good fortune of having a job at Rackspace. It’s not just being “Fanatical” when it comes to supporting customers and other Rackers. It goes far beyond all of that. It’s not just a place to come and collect a paycheck while you dream of what life could be like at a company where passion, commitment and contribution to the world around you is encouraged. You see, Rackspace is one of those rare companies that actually has a soul and cares deeply about the world we live in. It’s not just about making a buck. We have to do more than just provide great products and service.
In order to provide a platform for us to perform good works in the community, Rackspace has the Rack Gives Back organization which provides volunteer Rackers for various charities and activities. They are always calling for Rackers to get involved and help out. This past weekend, I had the privilege of being one of those volunteers as a judge at the FIRST Robotics Organization 2013 Alamo Region Competition and Awards. I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure and inspiration it was to be able to see the bright future that is just on the horizon for kids involved in technology these days. As a judge, I got to interview and provide feedback to several of the 50+ teams from schools all over south Texas. What an awesome thing it was to be able to have a part in and contribute to the fabric of their lives!
And this is just ONE of the things Rackspace is heavily involved in. In fact, it’s so important, that we are given paid days off to be able to go and volunteer. That’s putting your money where your mouth is, folks. Rackspace gets that it’s all about the symbiont relationship that we have with the community we live in, the countries we operate in and with this incredible planet that we live on. Come be a part of it!