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Back in August, I unveiled Rackspace’s step into Microsoft virtualization and private cloud offerings. Well, today I am honored to tell you that Rackspace now supports Microsoft’s cloud platform, which includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure Pack, in all of our U.S. data centers. Additionally, Rackspace is now a member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network.
Ask anyone in IT management and they’ll tell you that they want to help grow the business, meet user requests faster, promote good governance—and do all of it faster, better and cheaper. Yet in reality, most IT teams are stuck maintaining existing systems. And that routine busywork prevents them from focusing on strategic challenges that drive innovation. So what can your organization do about it?
OpenStack is growing. Just looking around at the OpenStack Summit Paris, it’s exciting to see how far it’s come in just four years. It’s being used in production at many large enterprises and was recently named the most important open source project in the cloud. It was great to see Jim Zemlin from the Linux Foundation on the Summit keynote stage this morning. The size of the Summit and excitement around OpenStack are reminiscent of Linux conferences in the early 2000s – it’s a project that’s still developing, but on track to dominate.
By Eric Boisjoli, Co-Founder, Bold Innovation Group Ltd.
New business models. Strategic advantage. Market disruption. These game changers are exactly what line-of-business (LOB) leaders want from their IT organizations. And new technology approaches—including cloud, big data, mobile and social—are creating opportunities to improve service delivery, cost and flexibility. But mundane operations tasks have kept IT from leading the way to innovation. Until now.
It’s 2014 and the cloud has been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of all businesses. That is in part because cloud offerings have evolved. Several years ago cloud meant “public cloud.” Today, new hybrid offerings have emerged—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware—letting businesses tailor their cloud infrastructure to their business demands.
When Rackspace launched more than 15 years ago, we sought and got lots of good advice — along with one bit of counsel that we’ve blatantly ignored.
One of the key tenets of the Rackspace Managed Cloud is to offer a level of service that makes Rackspace a true, trusted partner – an extension of your business – and much more than a traditional IT vendor or raw infrastructure provider.
Is your organization looking to cut costs, reduce deployment time or gain new capabilities that you find challenging to implement with traditional on-premises infrastructure? Then outsourcing IT may be right for you.
Rackspace experts will be out in full force next week at VMworld Europe 2014, as we take to the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona to showcase how Rackspace manages all the things through managed VMware®, managed OpenStack® and Managed Cloud.
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