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Earlier this month, we updated the Rackspace Private Cloud Software, adding new features and support capabilities that give you the ability to quickly and easily deploy an OpenStack-powered private cloud in your data center.
Rackspace stormed Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. this week to spread the message of the open cloud. From a riveting keynote from CTO John Engates and numerous Racker-led sessions, to two expo floor booths promising an immersive open cloud experience; Rackspace turned Cloud Expo into the Open Cloud Expo.
Pod architecture assigns a set of machines to a specific job or customer for all of its required tasks. In most of our SaaS configurations, our customers use shared firewall, load balancing and storage layers across multiple pods. Each pod contains the web, application and database layers for the customer’s individual users. Architecting in this way delivers the following benefits:
Can your business survive a website failure? The answer varies based on the criticality of your website to overall business operations. Walk into an understaffed brick and mortal establishment with a rusty, hard-to-open door, cracked windows and a faulty cash register — for most, the condition of the store would be enough to walk out without even checking out the products and services. If your business runs on the web, you can suffer the same loss of confidence with slow performance, rampant downtime and security holes.
Consistency in a SaaS environment is imperative. It makes it makes supporting those environments easier for both Rackspace and for our customers.
The Facebook-founded Open Compute Project opens up the hardware specs for servers and datacenters – the physical components of the infrastructure stack. It’s an ambitious project that takes the concepts of open source software and applies it to the hardware space.
After years of working with SaaS customers, I hear every day about horror stories and challenges related to scaling. Simply put: scaling can be a headache. SaaS applications thrive – or die – on the performance of their infrastructure and as you grow you’ll have no choice but to face the scaling dilemma. How you scale your application to distribute traffic and run your code can mean the difference between an instant response for users or users waiting for your app to respond or update.
In our series on SharePoint permissions we have covered some of the basics that can help you understand how to create users, configure groups and add them to SharePoint. In this post we look at the concept of Permissions Inheritance and Limited Access.  These two concepts play a primary role in the implementation of custom permissions.
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