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Understanding DevOps: How to Foster a Culture to Build Better Apps Faster on the Cloud DevOps is here to stay because it works. Most businesses using this methodology are already realizing a wide range of real, measurable benefits as a result of implementing DevOps, including the breakdown of inter-departmental silos, faster delivery of new features and more stable operating environments. To take advantage of the cloud's improved speed and flexibility, development and operations teams need to work together more closely and productively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Prashanth Chandrasekar, Founder & General Manager of Rackspace's DevOps business segment and Co-Founder & Head of Operations for Rackspace's Fanatical Support for AWS business, will explain why building a DevOps culture means being able to do four things really well: Collaboration, Automation, Meas... (more)

Cloud Computing: OpenStack Update

OpenStack, the new open source kid on the cloud block, has spawned an adjacent front-end project, an OpenStack iPad app based on the Rackspace Cloud Pro iPad app currently in the App Store. The OpenStack iPad app uses OpenStack's compute and storage APIs to manage compute and storage resources, and offers a few features outside the scope of the APIs like viewing RSS system status feeds, pinging compute nodes from several locations around the world, e-mailing files from OpenStack Object Storage and integration with Chef, the open source systems integration framework, and the Opscode Platform, a new feature made possible by the developers at Opscode. Meanwhile, OpenStack is claiming 34 community members and that "hundreds of people have made over a thousand contributions." ... (more)

Computing in the Cloud Era

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Cloud computing is instant computing. In the past it took weeks, months to provision new computing but cloud provisioning happens instantly. In his general session at the 9th International Cloud Expo, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, discussed the power of the cloud, and how it's there to help you. Click Here to View This General Session Now! Speaker Bio: John Engates is CTO of Rackspace. He joined the company in August of 2000 and has worked in several areas of Rackspace including Operations, Professional Services and Customer Care. Most recently, Engates has been responsible for managing the ongoing development of Rackspace's Intensive segment. He was one of the leading forces behind Rackspace's Microsoft Gold Certification. Prior to joining Rackspace, Engates was a founder of Internet Direct, one of the oldest and largest Inte... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Prepare Your Enterprise IT Talent for the Cloud

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! One of the cloud's biggest draws is the capability to virtualize computing resources, allowing it to be consumed with the click of a mouse. But behind that simple click is an enormous infrastructure challenge that has recently been cited as a major cause for slower enterprise adoption. Enterprises can better prepare for this shift and take full advantage of future computing benefits. Between architecture design and migration planning, the road can be long, so what do you do with your talent? In her General Session at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Lisa Larson, VP of Enterprise Technical Sales at Rackspace, will discuss how you can best prepare your IT talent for this seismic shift in computing. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Lisa Larson is the VP of Enterprise Technical Sales at R... (more)

5 Lessons From the Cloud

So, last week, as some of you might know, Solar VPS attended Cloud Expo 2013 in Silicon Valley. While we didn’t exhibit at the Cloud conference, our COO and President, Ross Brouse, gave a few speeches and we got pretty interactive on the social media networks all those crazy kids love. (Insert shout out here to @RobustCloud, @GESoftware, @SHI_INTL, @ThousandEyes & @AriaSystemsInc). Outside of giving speeches and getting really active on Twitter and Google +, we took the time to hear from other Cloud companies both within their keynote presentations and outside within spur of the moment meetings. This said, we want to use this space to elucidate (yes, we are trying to expand our lexicon), on five insights we learned at the show and why those insights are either excellent or terrible. So, here we go. 1. Smaller Cloud Providers Need to Rise Up Hands down, the most clea... (more)

Radio Flyer Chooses Rackspace Cloud Computing

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), announced that Radio Flyer, the 92-year-old company famous for the little red wagon for children, has chosen Cloud Sites™ from Mosso | The Rackspace Cloud, to power the company’s corporate site, Radio Flyer’s decision to move the site to the highly scalable Cloud Sites platform was spurred by the company’s future marketing initiatives to connect more creatively with customers through interactive online marketing activities which are intended to drive traffic to the site and support the future growth of the business. “When the time came for Radio Flyer to make the transition into the cloud, we needed a solution that offered the support and scalability to propel us to the next level,” said Tom Cesario, director of information technology for Radio Flyer. “Our business is growing and we’re reaching out to customers in new ... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

Tap In Systems Manages the Cloud

One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.”  He did reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core application” with 200 EC2 instances. Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)

Elastic Grid Announces Java API For Rackspace Cloud Servers

Elastic Grid, LLC is pleased to announce the Elastic Rack project. As part of Elastic Grid project commitment to provide a cloud virtualization layer, the Elastic Grid team was in need of a Java API which would drive the Rackspace Cloud Servers API. This Java API is now available as a separate bundle in the Elastic Rack project. This open-source project aims to provide Java APIs to the Rackspace Cloud APIs so that Java developers can easily call Rackspace APIs. As of today, there is only experimental support for Cloud Servers API. The project is hosted on Google Code at: The issues tracker is available on Jira at: -- Jerome ... (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)

Cloud Reliability Will Be Bigger than Cloud Security for 2010-11

Security Sessions at Cloud Expo We have all the tools for securing information in a Cloud: establishing trust through identity, data privacy through encryption, and content integrity through signatures. We are overly focused on Cloud Computing Security  issues and less on reliability. This is all about to change. Following the outages experience by Amazon EC2 in 2009, another premiere cloud provide, Rackspace, suffered an outage on December 18. Using technology such as Forum Systems XML / Cloud gateways is essential for establishing multi-cloud reliability and fault tolerance. Rackspace Cloud Computing Outage — According to an Apparent Networks Performance Advisory issued today, cloud services provider Rackspace experienced a connectivity loss at its Dallas-Fort Worth data center on Dec. 18, 2009. Access to business services at that data center was not possible duri... (more)