Rackspace and Chef Partnership Enhances Infrastructure Management and App Deployment Automation

Today, Rackspace is thrilled to announce a deeper strategic relationship with Chef that doubles down on our commitment to accelerating DevOps within organizations. Together, Rackspace and Chef will extend our relationship with a range of skill-building and services programs, including engineering collaboration, DevOps implementation content and training for Rackspace technical support staff.

At Rackspace, we provide DevOps expertise at scale through our DevOps automation and DevOps advisory and professional services offerings. This enhanced partnership helps us provide customers deep guidance and best-practice methodologies for getting the most value out of Chef implementations in a truly “elastic” manner.

We expect adoption for DevOps to increase significantly in 2015 as companies look for ways to automate workflows, establish CI / CD pipelines and enable collaboration across development, operations and quality and security teams. Deep technical experts who understand both the end goal of working cohesively as one team on deeply customer-centric applications, and who know best-of-breed DevOps automation and monitoring tools will be in high demand.

Rackspace recently published a whitepaper on the scarcity of DevOps talent fluent in automation tools like Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt and Windows Powershell DSC, as well as frameworks like Ruby, Python and Node.js. The paper concluded that in this fast moving cloud-era, volatile resourcing can be an expensive challenge as organizations look for the right employees, set product development goals and search for the right implementation tools. That complexity increases as those companies scale from startup to SMB to enterprise.

At a recent Rackspace::Solve event, David Lieberman, VP of engineering at Omaze, described why he values Rackspace’s expertise in DevOps, and specifically Chef. Omaze offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that support social missions and charitable causes — a disruptive business model that changes the way we think about the giving space, and one that leverages DevOps and the cloud to predictably scale it’s environments. “Rackspace DevOps takes on all the complexity of building and maintaining predictable and high scale environments for the deployment of our apps that are prone to very spiky traffic. Rackspace DevOps does all the ground work of bringing their best practice Chef knowledge and standardized Chef cookbooks, monitoring capabilities and 24/7 support to be a true extension of the Omaze team,” said David.

By leveraging Rackspace, Omaze can focus on writing applications and maintaining customer proximity instead of hiring, training and retaining Chef experts. Rackspace helps companies like Omaze stay agile and concentrate on differentiating themselves in the market. For more insight on how Rackspace is evolving DevOps for customers check out our DevOps presentation from Solve San Francisco a few weeks ago, which details how Omaze is using our expertise to accelerate their business.

Prashanth serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace's entire Cloud & Infrastructure Services portfolio of businesses, including the Public Clouds, Private Clouds, Managed Hosting, Colocation and Managed Security businesses. Previously, Prashanth was Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace's high growth, global business unit focused on the world's leading Public Clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Alibaba Cloud, with end-end P&L responsibility. Prashanth has held a range of leadership roles at Rackspace including leading Rackspace's high growth Amazon Web Services business and Rackspace's SMB Marquee business segment focused on Rackspace's fast growing, most critical and high potential SMB / mid-market customers. Prashanth joined Rackspace as Chief of Staff to the General Manager of Rackspace's SMB Business Unit. Prior to joining Rackspace, Prashanth was a Vice President at Barclays Investment Bank, focused on providing Strategic and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advice for clients in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) industries. Prashanth was also a Manager at Capgemini Consulting where he managed Operations transformation engagements and consulting teams across the US. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Eng in Engineering Management from Cornell University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Maine.

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