Rackspace Weekly Digest: April 12

This week at Rackspace, we’re running full steam ahead. In case you missed anything, here’s a handy digest to get you up to speed.

Abolish The Patent, Vanquish The Troll
Rackspace is just one of many companies dealing with endless lawsuits over dubious patents. Last week, we decided to break the silence and shine a bright light on the most notorious patent troll in America by suing them in Federal Court. Today, we filed a separate challenge to a patent against a different troll. Check here to learn how we’re sticking up for ourselves, the open source community, app developers and every other company in the mobile application world.

Ramping Up Our OpenStack Investment, Involvement
Our commitment to OpenStack is stronger than ever. As we head into OpenStack Summit Portland, we wanted to update everyone on our progress. From merging Cells into the Grizzly release of Nova to engaging a couple of teams in the Heat project, we’re ramping up both our involvement and investment in OpenStack.

OpenStack Summit Portland: Up Your Game With Rackspace
OpenStack Summit Portland kicks off Monday at the Portland Convention Center, and more than 30 rackers will be there to give tech talks and demonstrations. Jim Curry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Private Cloud at Rackspace, will also deliver a keynote presentation with special guest HubSpot on Tuesday morning. Rackspace has a lot going on at OpenStack Portland. We’ll be giving away free certification exams and free swag, and don’t forget to join us on Wednesday night for a toast to the open cloud at Rackspace and RightScale’s private party. Check out the full OpenStack lineup here.

How to Install Airbrake In Your Rails App
Rackspace recently acquired Exceptional Cloud Services, the team behind Airbrake, an error reporting and monitoring tool. This tool lets you get into the guts of your application’s errors to see what is going on. Here’s a screencast that walks you through a step-by-step guide on installing Airbrake to your Rails app

Develop Mobile Apps Quickly On The Rackspace Cloud
Earlier this week, we launched mobile-ready cloud stacks. We’re also beefing up our mobile partner ecosystem and adding some well-known names in the mobile app world. By working with our partners, you can create more agile mobile applications built for the cloud. Check out our blog post on how Rackspace is changing the game for mobile developers.

Maximize ROI In The Cloud
Return on Investment (ROI) in the cloud is now more complex than IT leadership traditionally experienced. Join Stacy Williams, Rackspace Director of IT Production Support, and Rafat Shaheen, Enterprise Strategist, for a webinar on the costs, risks and benefits associated with cloud adoption. They will also be discussing a framework for measuring its return. The webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 17.

Leezia Dhalla was the Speakers Bureau Program Manager at Rackspace until 2015, where she was responsible for coordinating external speaking engagements and developing corporate messaging for senior leadership, software developers and key subject matter experts. graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.


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