Rackspace Weekly Digest: September 13

We’re nearing the end of the summer months and inching toward the busy holiday season. If you’re an ecommerce retailer, you’ll want to check out our posts on preparing for a spike in online traffic. We’ve also got the latest news on our battle against patent trolls, as well as a tutorial on how you can install Rackspace Private Cloud in under a half hour. Check it out in this week’s edition of the Rackspace Weekly Digest.

Rackspace Earns DJSI Recognition For Second Straight Year
For the second consecutive year, Rackspace is included as a member on the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index (DJSI), an internationally recognized, independent benchmark that sets the standard for sustainable business performance. We’re honored to be one of the few companies to make the final cut.

Installing Rackspace Private Cloud In 20 Minutes Or Less
The Rackspace Private Cloud is intended for a full-fledged data center with a number of compute, storage and network requirements, but you can install it in just a few minutes. To get started, all you need is to do is create an account on the Rackspace Open Cloud.

Overcome Frightening Seasonal Traffic With The Hybrid Cloud
Most retailers see seasonal sales spikes each year from the holiday shopping rush. For some businesses like Spirit Halloween (operated by Spencer’s), traffic can increase 100 times to 1,000 times a day during peak season. Check out this guest post from Steve Vitale, Director of Ecommerce for Spencer’s, to learn how the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud gives them massive scalability to accommodate the crush of Halloween traffic.

New Report Shows Chilling Effect Patent Trolls Have On Startups, VCs
Startups and their venture capital investors are caught in the crosshairs of patent trolls. A new report from Colleen Chien, Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, reaffirms the urgent need for aggressive legislative action by the U.S. Congress.

Rackspace Training For OpenStack Heading To Four Major Universities
We’re taking our Rackspace Training for OpenStack on the road over the next few months to four major universities. The four-night training sessions will give students a hands-on OpenStack experience so they can evaluate it, use it and sharpen their OpenStack acumen. If your organization is interested in learning the ins and outs of OpenStack, please contact training@rackspace.com

E-Commerce Reality: Performance Falls Below Expectations [Infographic]
A small yet growing number of e-commerce owners are realizing that performance is a top priority and that it requires both speed and capacity. We’ve seen this trend in the data we compiled from over 5,000 load tests and the survey responses of roughly 500 website owners for our latest State of Web Readiness report.

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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