Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 30

August has been huge month for all things open. Last week, we touched down in San Francisco for three days of wall-to-wall action on virtualization and OpenStack at VMworld. We also published a post detailing how a hybrid cloud approach can help reduce the Big Data problem, and another explaining how a Microsoft .NET developer can contribute to open source projects. Check it out in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.

Government Surveillance And Your Data
The National Security Agency and its PRISM initiative have prompted many Internet users to question when the government can see their data, and under what circumstances. We think this is a good time to reiterate how Rackspace handles customer data.

Cloud Applications Automated For You: Rackspace Deployment Now Available To All Customers
Launching common apps on the Rackspace Cloud just got easier. This week, we made the automated application deployment functionality available for all customers in the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel. Now, you can run WordPress, Drupal, Rails and Magneto in the Rackspace Cloud without the confusion of manual setup and installation.

Big Data On OpenStack
Big Data and OpenStack are two of the most mentioned terms in the data center today. Organizations now have to deal with such massive amounts of data that traditional methods of scaling up are no longer feasible. In this post, Rackspace Solutions Architect Rags Srinivas details the Big Data problem and explains why a hybrid cloud approach based on OpenStack can help manage this elasticity.

VMworld 2013: Rackspace Thought Leaders Talk Open Source, DevOps And More
Last week, we touched down in San Francisco for the 10th anniversary of VMware’s annual user conference. At VMworld, two of Rackspace’s best sat down with SiliconAngle Founder and CEO John Furrier for conversations on OpenStack, the hybrid cloud and the changing DevOps culture. Check out the video interviews with Rackspace CMO Rick Jackson and Rackspace Director of Strategy Scott Sanchez.

A .NET Developer’s Guide To The World Of Open Source
Crossing over into the world of open source can be confusing. You’ll be entering a world of new languages (such as Ruby and Python) and projects with obscure names (like gophercloud). The good news is that a Microsoft .NET developer can get involved with open source development. Here’s a guide to help you through the transition.

If You Open Source It, They Will Come
It’s become common practice for tech companies to rely on open source software, but there is danger in relying too heavily on an open source project that is no longer being maintained. Here’s a glimpse of the value your enterprise can gain by dedicating some of your company resources to open source software development.

Rackspace Is The No. 1 Hosting Provider To The Top 1,000 Retailers For The Third Straight Year
We’re honored to be named the No. 1 hosting provider to the top 1,000 retailers in the US by InternetRetailer.com. This is the third consecutive year we’ve earned this recognition, which shows that Rackspace is a true retail hosting specialist.

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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