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I am pleased to announce that today we begin taking applicants for the Rackspace Cloud Monitoring Private Beta. This is especially exciting because we will be offering technology created and integrated post-acquisition of Cloudkick joining the Rackspace family.
The survey results are in for Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards and Rackspace has been honored as one of the top 50 “Best Places to Work” in 2012. Rackspace (at #12) ranked high on the list along with companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and  It’s clear that the investments Rackspace is making in its employees and its culture are helping us build a company to be admired.
Last week we talked about what a few big-name service companies would be without their commitment to service. When you think of hosting providers, service might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But if you experience a failure, you quickly realize the value of service. In the cloud computing world, we constantly deal with intense projects, like helping customers scale infrastructure to handle spikes in web traffic, handling highly complex technical issues, or helping customers back track steps when a they’ve made a change to their configuration causing their site to go down.
When I first spoke with Rackspace over a year ago about CloudU, the basis of the concept was that as someone who has seen first hand the benefits Cloud Computing can bring to an organization, I wanted to tackle a project that saw more people understand what Cloud is and, in doing so, to enable more organizations and individuals to take advantage of the Cloud.
Most readers will know that over the past year I have been very busy running CloudU, a broad-based Cloud education program that I created with the support of Rackspace.
Didn’t get a chance to make it to our brown bag lunch at InternetWeek last Wednesday? Here are some of the questions that came off the floor, answered by Racker Dax Moreno. If there’s something else you’d like to know about, leave us a comment. We’ll be happy to get back to you.
Recently, Jason Hare and Jesse Eversole, the co-founders of MadTek, stopped by Rackspace to talk with their account team. MadTek, which offers a complete line of hosting products and solutions, has been a Rackspace Partner for more than six years. MadTek specializes in email solutions, hosting for e-commerce sites, open source ECM or search engine marketing consulting. They have expert specialization in Open Source web applications hosting including Joomla!®, Drupal® and Plone®. MadTek relies on Rackspace for hardware and technical support, on both Windows® and Linux® servers, to ensure their critical business needs are met and their infrastructure is always accessible to support their customers.
Last week marked the first ever Rackspace Financial Analyst Day at the New York Stock Exchange, which culminated with Graham Weston and several Rackspace customers ringing the closing bell.
Want to know what it’s like being a Racker? Curious about Fanatical Support? We made a short film called “A Day in the Life of a Racker” featuring Linux Administrator David Corn.  He responds to tickets, answers questions for customers and even troubleshoots a DDoS attack.
Late last week, a TechTarget publication, came out with their list of the Top 10 Leaders in Cloud Computing. We are proud to be represented in the list by Lew Moorman, President of Cloud and Chief Strategy Officer here at Rackspace.  Lew has spent his career at Rackspace shaping and guiding the strategic direction of the company, most notably launching our cloud hosting division in 2006. He is best known in the industry for advocating an open cloud strategy, which he brought to life at Rackspace when he championed the open-sourcing of Rackspace’s cloud APIs in 2009.
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