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Gone are the days of being limited in your architecture choices. Today you can pick the best-fit technologies and platforms and mash them together for a hybrid outcome to your problems. I’ve said before that enterprises need to have ONE cloud strategy, and that hybrid cloud, like happiness, isn’t something that money can buy, it’s a choice. Once you make that hybrid cloud choice and change your mindset, you’ll be well on your way to a great hybrid outcome.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Marc Haverland, CTO of TrackVia, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer. The BIG Idea behind TrackVia is that average, non-technical business people should be able to design and build their own applications to better and more easily track, manage and do their work, whether it’s individual tasks, department programs or companywide functions. 
Rackspace has long been at the forefront of innovation, including our initial launch of RackConnect in 2011. Originally built as a one-off request to help power one customer’s environment, RackConnect, has grown up to be the backbone of our hybrid cloud by connecting your dedicated environment to your cloud environment. What many people don’t know is that RackConnect is built on top of the .NET Framework.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Steve Girolami, vice president of engineering at AfterCollege, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer. AfterCollege is a career network that connects college students, alumni and employers through faculty and career networks at colleges and universities.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Steve Vitale, Director of Ecommerce for Spencer’s, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer. Spencer’s is a lifestyle retail company that operates two unique, national brands, Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween, throughout the United States, Canada and online.
This is a guest post written and contributed by James Crowley, co-founder and CTO at FundApps, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer that brings cloud based compliance and risk monitoring to the fund industry.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Sunny Dhillon, Technical Operations Manager at, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer and the largest online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses in North America.
You can now provision additional IPv4 addresses on your Cloud Servers in the next generation Rackspace Cloud. Until now, this capability was only available in our first generation cloud.
What is a hybrid solution?
We often say that the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything. Between social networks, mobile apps and entertainment, we all use some type of cloud-based service. However, SaaS operators who are anxious to move off of legacy hardware and on to the cloud may find that due to regulatory or industry constraints, parts of their architecture must remain in a dedicated environment. For example, a finance-related service could run its website front end, file storage and test/dev in the cloud, but due to federal regulations, it could be unable to move sensitive customer databases or shopping cart functions to the public cloud. This is a hurdle that prevents many businesses from adopting any type of cloud asset.
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