Rackspace Weekly Digest: August 9

Here at the Rack, we move at a swift pace. In the past week we’ve made strides in our battle against patent trolls and wrapped up our first summer internship program for tech-savvy high school students at the Open Cloud Academy. In case you missed anything, here’s a breakdown of notable news and happenings at Rackspace.

Exposing Patent Trolls
We’ve said it before: it will take an army to battle patent trolls and inspire true patent reform. This week, our allies at the Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) brought the fight to the masses with the launch of Trolling Effects, a user friendly online resource for businesses and others who have been targeted by patent trolls.

The Fanatical Faces Of Rackspace Private Cloud: Ryan Yard
In this new blog series, we profile some of the key members of the group that’s helping define and deliver the future of private and hybrid clouds: the Rackspace Private Cloud team. This week we talked to Ryan Yard, Senior Manager for the Enterprise Architecture team, about his background as a classically trained music composer and his journey to cloud computing.

9 Things You Need For Drupal Development
Site owners and managers of development teams are challenged with supporting a group of people who are basically doing magic. Even though the web is completely mainstream, the knowledge of how it all actually works is classic “sufficiently advanced technology.” In this guest post, Josh Koenig, co-founder of Drupal platform and Rackspace partner Pantheon, discusses nine things site owners and managers need for Drupal development.

Hybrid Cloud, Rackspace Advisory Services Help Acquity Group Stay Competitive: Video
A few months ago, we told you about our collaboration with Acquity Group, an ecommerce and digital marketing firm that uses Rackspace Advisory Services to develop its custom hybrid cloud and technology strategy. Check out this video to learn how we help Acquity Group better support its roster of Fortune 1000 Global Brand clients.

Open Cloud Academy Update: New Network Operations Class, 17 Graduates, Internships
It’s been almost five months since we launched the Open Cloud Academy. We’re incredibly proud of the impact the Academy is having on the San Antonio and the cloud communities. In this short time, we’ve seen the inaugural cohort of students graduate; we’ve created a new internship program; and we’ve launched our new Network Operations program.

Architecting VMware vSphere For OpenStack
One of the most common questions Rackspace Open Cloud Architect Kenneth Hui hears from customers and vendors is: “How does OpenStack compare with VMware?” This question often reveals a common misunderstanding of how OpenStack matches up with VMware. In this post, Kenneth gives an overview of the OpenStack Nova Compute architecture and how vSphere integrates with that project.

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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