Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 2

This week, Rackspace was back on Capitol Hill to talk about the importance of developers, open source and individual users as content creators and innovators. We also launched a new blog series to profile some key members of our private cloud team, and showcased the entrepreneurial success of Rackspace Startup Program members. Check out all that and more in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.

Internet Industries Are ‘Content Creators’ Too
Earlier this year, the House Judiciary Committee launched a “comprehensive review” to examine the role of technology and existing copyright laws in innovation. The first set of hearings included only representatives from the music, movie and visual arts communities. This week, we had the chance to testify on Capitol Hill and told Congress that copyrightable content also includes all of the software code written by professional computer programmers.

The Fanatical Faces Of Rackspace Private Cloud: Kenneth Hui
In this new blog series, we’ll profile some of the key members of the Rackspace Private Cloud team to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of a group that’s helping define and deliver the future of private and hybrid clouds. This week, we talked to Kenneth Hui about the cloud, OpenStack and more.

Got Python Questions? Ask Our Experts In The Rackspace Community
Each month we’ll host a Python Ask-Me-Anything in the Rackspace Community during which a Racker Python expert will open a post for questions and reply to every (reasonable) question asked on that post, over the course of three days. Mark your calendars for August 6 through August 8 and join us for the first session with Jesse Noller.

Are You Still Running Windows Servers 2003?
Microsoft is planning to end support for Windows Server 2003 in 2015. Now is the perfect time to migrate your workloads to Windows Server 2012 so you don’t get left out in the cold when support ends. Here’s a breakdown of the performance, security and server management issues you should be aware of as 2015 nears.

How BuiltLean Survived The Front Page of Reddit, And The Traffic That Followed
In February, Rackspace customer BuiltLean found itself on the front page of Reddit. Here’s a guest post from Alexander Baldwin, BuiltLean’s director of outreach, showcasing how the two year-old company prepared itself to manage the tremendous amount of traffic that followed.

Making Financial Software Easier In The Hybrid Cloud
Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer FundApps, a cloud-based compliance, risk and regulation monitoring service for the fund industry, wanted a computing solution with proven security. In this guest post, FundApps co-founder and CTO James Crowley discusses how a hybrid cloud delivers the performance and reliability it requires.

Congratulations To Rackspace Startup Program Member TrueAbility On Successful Funding Round
It’s no secret that Rackspace loves startups – we were one ourselves not so long ago. What we love even more is seeing startups succeed. This week, we’re sending our congratulations to Rackspace Startup Program member TrueAbility, a technical assessment platform provider, for raising $2 million in its first round of venture funding.

Caring For Your Pets In OpenStack
OpenStack can be deployed in a variety of different ways to overcome a range of disasters at the infrastructure level. When doing so, we’re aiming to achieve one thing: remove any single point of failure (SPOF). In this post, Rackspace Private Cloud team member Kevin Jackson talks about how we deploy a typical out-of-the-box experience with High Availability in mind when the hardware is available.

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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