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Koman Vijay Emarose works as a Network Architect with the Strategic Accounts team at Rackspace. He has been a “Racker” (Rackspace Employee) for 7+ years and currently he is adapting to a networking world that is pivoting towards a world of automation. In Odaah’s free time, he likes to identify DevCentral site bugs, incessantly torment Chase Abbott to fix them – particularly the badges and he is DevCentral’s Featured Member for November! Vijay’s other hobbies include traveling and has been to more than eleven countries and looking to increase that number in the future. Personal finance blogs and binge watching documentaries are his guilty pleasures. DevCentral got an opportunity to talk with Vijay about his work, life and blog. DevCentral: You’ve been an active contributor to the DevCentral community and wondered what keeps you involved? Vijay Emarose: I have been a... (more)

Tutorial: Build a Private Cloud in Twenty Minutes

OpenStack is an open-source cloud framework for building on-demand Infrastructure as a Service. This tutorial in essence distills from this two-page set of instructions for setting up devstack on a single server primarily for use by developers. Hardware I used a DELL 1950 with 8 GB of RAM, internal hard-drives and two 1000 MB NICs. Download and Set Up Ubuntu Download Ubuntu 11.10 from here and burn to DVD Boot the server from the DVD and start the install. I installed the BASE SYSTEM and only one optional package, the OpenSSH Server. I named my server "ubuntu-server" I configured eth0 with a static ip address of This will be important as the HOST_IP address of devstack. Create a user named "stack". Log in as "stack" See next page for how to Install Devstack... Install Devstack stack@ubuntu-server:~$sudo passwd to set the root password stack@ubuntu-ser... (more)

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Future of Cloud Infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned. When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds. A recent Business Technology Roundtable blog post delved into an IDC study, finding that companies are increasingly leveraging hosted private clouds. IDC points to the hosted private cloud as the new backbone to the infrastructure services, “…transforming existing provider models for IT outsourcing, hosting infrastructure services, and other key IT industries.” Outsourcing to a hosted private cloud is more than a hand-off of infrastructure management – its a strategic business decision about ... (more)

Cloud Talent Flocks to The Rackspace Cloud

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer ”We’re very proud that Rackspace’s reputation for innovation, opportunity and growth are attracting top technical and business talent from industry players that have been there, and done that,” said Emil Sayegh (pictured below), General Manager of The Rackspace Cloud, as it was announced today that six new key personnel have joined the company to spearhead strategic technology efforts aimed to position the company for continued growth and technology leadership. “We’re continuing investment to deepen our leadership product development bench to support our growth while expanding, and scaling our services,” Sayegh continued. The CTO &-Founder of The Rackspace Cloud, Jonathan Bryce, is joining a very special "CTO "Power Panel" at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Computing Expo, being held November 2-1, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara... (more)

Rackspace Designs New Cloud Computing Partner Program

Rackspace Session at Cloud Expo Rackspace's Cloud unit is supposed to announce a new partner program Wednesday aimed at making it the easiest cloud provider to do business with and so push adoption of the platform. Partners should be able to leverage simple set-up, sign-up and payment processes for themselves and their customers. The program includes online resources such as a web portal for tracking and reporting; webinars and marketing collateral; co-marketing opportunities; and standards-based APIs to encourage third parties to build tools for the widgetry. The program has two tracks. The Reseller Program offers discounts of up to 12% for selling large volumes of cloud hosting across Rackspace Cloud's services including the beta Cloud Servers for Windows while members of the Affiliate Program can get 5%-7% of a referred hosting customer's payments for a period... (more)

Rackspace Unveils Cloud Connect and Critical Sites

“The recent additions to our portfolio, including Cloud Connect and Critical Sites, make logical business sense for those looking for best-in-class hosted solutions as alternatives to expensive and inefficient on-premise IT infrastructure,” said Rackspace CTO John Engates (pictured) as his company Rackspace Hosting announced that it was boosting its Enterprise-grade services with the addition of two new offerings: Cloud Connect and Critical Sites. "Businesses of all sizes and budgets," Engates added, "now have access to Enterprise-class infrastructure, backed by our industry-leading Fanatical Support. San Antonio, Texas based Rackspace Hosting describes itself as the world's leading specialist in hosting and cloud computing and is best known in the industry for coining (and registering) the concept of Fanatical Support. Critical Sites, for example, is an extension ... (more)

Rackspace and Akamai Cuddle Under the Cloud

Amazon wannabe Rackspace Hosting has cut a "strategic" deal to incorporate Akamai's web acceleration and cloud optimization widgetry in its dedicated and cloud hosting products. It's supposed to integrate Akamai's CNAMEs load balancing, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and CDN delivery with its S3-competitive Cloud Files online storage and resell Akamai site and application acceleration services to its customers beginning next quarter. The idea is to create a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud and acceleration services for web content and applications. Akamai's got 77,000 servers in 71 countries that can be leveraged to reduce latency and provide high availability in the cloud. Akamai widgetry in Rackspace's product portfolio is supposed to address the challenges that companies face in moving to the cloud or hosted environments, namely, latency, availability, sc... (more)

Dell, Equinix and Rackspace Collaborate for OpenStack Cloud Computing Demo

"OpenStack provides an open, standard platform that gives organizations the choice of how and where to deploy a cloud, as well as the flexibility to move applications and workloads among different clouds," said Jim Curry, general manager, Rackspace Cloud Builders. "The collaboration of Dell, Equinix and Rackspace to help organizations deploy and connect OpenStack clouds enables CIOs to choose a computing environment that aligns with their business, regulatory and technical requirements." Dell, Equinix, and Rackspace, on Wednesday announced that they have collaborated to develop an OpenStack cloud demonstration and test environment. The demo environment will be available in three data centers: the Equinix International Business Exchange in Silicon Valley, Ca and Ashburn, Va, and the Rackspace data center in Chicago, Ill. The companies also plan to collaborate on add... (more)

ServiceMesh Joins OpenStack Community

ServiceMesh on Thursday announced it has joined the OpenStack community. Using the ServiceMesh Agility Platform and the OpenStack open source cloud operating system, Global 2000 enterprises can construct a modern, high-performance cloud computing environment. The Agility Platform ensures that all enterprise governance, policy management, and workflow capabilities are applied in a consistent manner across each of the clouds, whether based on OpenStack or other private and public cloud technologies, allowing the enterprise to shift to a modern, agile IT operating model. An agile IT operating model, in turn, helps customers realize concrete business value from cloud computing technology. "With Global 2000 customers, there is no such thing as a singular cloud environment," observed Dave Roberts, vice president of strategy at ServiceMesh. "Large enterprises operate with... (more)

Organizing the Private Cloud: Coming Solutions

There was a time in the data center when we dedicated specific infrastructure and specific administrators to specific projects. This was a period of tremendous inefficiency and underutilization. This approach created a huge overhead in terms of administration, and project cycles that seemed to go on and on. Today, however, cloud computing and virtualization technologies have change things for the better. Data centers are much more likely to pool resources – computing, storage, and network resources – into a private cloud configuration. Private cloud challenges While  these virtualized private cloud solutions don’t have the administrative headaches that the old approach had, they do present some unique challenges. There are a number of components in the private cloud that need to be correctly managed, including: •    Data center automation •    Virtualization manag... (more)

Rackspace Starts the Great OpenStack Migration

Rackspace, which wants to be the "Linux of the cloud" mimicking the now billion-dollar-a-year Red Hat, said Monday that it's "drawing a line in the sand against cloud providers." Everyone agrees it has Amazon, particularly, and VMware, to a certain extent, in mind. However, what'll probably end up happening is that Red Hat, which has a prominent part in the open source OpenStack project that Rackspace started, becomes the "Linux of the cloud" because it's got all the pieces, or thinks it does, but that's another story. Anyway, Rackspace is inching out with a production-ready OpenStack cloud based on Essex, the fifth and best-yet release of the open source cloud platform put in train by Rackspace and NASA in the summer of 2010. Rackspace CEO Louis Napier told a New York Times blog that he expects to have all his customers, by then perhaps 200,000 businesses, on some ... (more)