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When Big Businesses Collaborate in the Cloud, Rapid Innovation Will Follow

It is time for cloud competitors to seriously consider collaborative efforts. That means market leaders pooling resources to drive innovation for a short period of time, then dissolving the partnership and pushing innovative outcomes toward profitable solutions in-house.

Technical Career Track 2.0 Allows Rackspace Tech Talent to Lead

Racker Culture by Tracy Idell Hamilton – July 1st, 2015

Rackspace’s Technical Career Track program isn’t for the smartest Rackers, or those with the most technical skill. It’s for the smartest, most technically-skilled Rackers who’ve also demonstrated strong leaderships skills — but don’t want to follow the traditional management path to the top.

“We Now Have Rights We Didn’t Have”

Racker Culture by Tracy Idell Hamilton – June 30th, 2015

“We said we would do it as soon as it becomes legal…” read the subject line of the email Randy Bartels sent to his Rackspace coworkers at 10:51 a.m. Friday, letting them know he and longtime partner Sean P. Wise were headed to the Bexar County Clerk’s Office to wed.

The Control Group CTO: We Needed Performance and Scalability

Today’s guest post is by Shiem Edelbrock, Chief Technology Officer of The Control Group, a San Diego-based tech company whose projects include Instant Checkmate, Reverse Phone and NextGen Leads. As the CTO of The Control Group, I manage our flagship product, Instant Checkmate, which allows users to perform background checks on just about anybody. We […]

Rackspace Cloud Big Data Platform Supports New Apache Streaming Tools

Product & Development by Sean Anderson – June 29th, 2015

Rackspace Data Services now supports popular Hadoop ecosystem tools Apache Storm and Apache Kafka. Together, Storm and Kafka combine to make workloads like the processing of incoming streaming data sources easy, by providing a single destination for the incoming data feed.

The Download: June 26th, 2015

Cloud Industry Insights by Abe Selig – June 26th, 2015

The world of technology generates so many great stories it can be hard to keep up. We’ll be highlighting some of the most interesting each Friday in the Download. And if you come across a cool, weird or noteworthy tech-related story worth sharing, let us know in the comments section or send it directly to

Natural Disasters Have Companies Rethinking On-Premise IT

Our guest blogger today is Ken Goldberg, president of Microcomputer Consulting Group (MCG), which assists clients in applying technology to solve business problems in a cost effective, streamlined and intelligent manner. MCG is also part of Rackspace’s Email Reseller program. You can read more about their high-performance cloud infrastructure in this case study. Below, Goldberg writes about how natural disasters like […]

The Top 5 Ways VMware vRealize Operations 6 Beats Other Monitoring Tools

Product & Development by Brent Scotten – June 25th, 2015

VMware® vRealize™ Operations™ 6 is now included with Rackspace’s single-tenant service, Dedicated VMware® vCenter Server™ — check out the five reasons why it rises above the crowd of IT operations management tools.

Hear How a Smart Parking App Startup Grapples with Growth at Solve Dallas

Product & Development by Abe Selig – June 24th, 2015

Have you ever been in the middle of an important meeting — or just a really good lunch — and had to drop everything to run and feed your parking meter? This was the pain point most distressing to James Gibbs and Daniel Lopretto, co-founders of the Pittsburgh-based app Meter Feeder, which allows users to find and […]

Customers Can Now Monitor Rackspace-Hosted VMware vSphere Infrastructure with VMware vRealize Operations 6

Product & Development by Brent Scotten – June 24th, 2015

Rackspace now bundles the award-winning VMware® vRealize™ Operations™ 6 (vROps, formerly vCOps) with their hosted Dedicated VMware® vCenter Server™ (Dedicated vCenter) service. Customers who purchase VMware vSphere® licensing from Rackspace will receive a vROps 6 license for their hosted environment free of charge. Rackspace’s offering, Dedicated vCenter, is a single-tenant environment that allows customers to […]

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