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Oops! Is Rackspace Rethinking its 99.99% Uptime Boast?

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Eleven hours and counting. 

It's been a long haul of public-cloud downtime for David Björkevik and his team at Schemagi, a Linköping, Sweden-based company that makes schedules for nurses and other healthcare personnel using advanced optimization techniques.

Schemagi is one of the Rackspace public cloud customers experiencing downtime because of a maintenance reboot scheduled by the San Antonio, Texas-based managed hosting provider that offers public and private cloud hosting services.

Rackspace posted an "urgent notice" early Saturday morning ET on its website notifying customers of cloud server reboots in light of a potential problem with its public cloud environment.

The news comes around the same time the company 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee for its new release of its private cloud software on its cloud computing open source OpenStack creation. 

As Cloud Pricing Tumbles, Rackspace Explores its Options

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Rackspace has long been the sweetheart of application developers and website owners. Its reputation for delivering “fanatical support” has made it an industry darling.

But what lives in the heart doesn’t always compute in the pocketbook, and that’s a problem when you’re a public cloud hosting company that competes against giants like Microsoft, Google and Amazon, among others. The aforementioned have cut prices and margins without getting hurt because of economies of scale.

Rackspace shares, on the other hand, have lost as much as 60 percent of their value in the past year. Needless to say, something has to improve, and it won’t likely be the price that the market is willing to pay for cloud hosting.

Robert Scoble: The Scobleizer Talks Life, Work and Technology

Thumbnail image for Connecting with Bill SobelRobert Scoble — aka The Scobleizer — works at Rackspace, where he's building a community for people fanatical about the Internet called building43. But that just scratches the surface. Scoble has been making a name for himself on the Internet for a while now.

"There’s a really excellent about page over on Wikipedia about me. I didn’t write a single word about it, but I do watch to make sure it’s accurate," he told me.

So let's start there. He's best known for his (late great) blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. It earned him a mention in the Economist in 2005, which noted Scoble had become

a minor celebrity among geeks worldwide, who read his blog religiously. Impressively, he has also succeeded where small armies of more conventional public-relations types have been failing abjectly for years: he has made Microsoft, with its history of monopolistic bullying, appear marginally but noticeably less evil to the outside world, and especially to the independent software developers that are his core audience."

Rackspace Emphasizes Digital Marketing Infrastructure

Companies deploying digital marketing capabilities have the technology experts. And they have those who specialize in customer engagement.

On the surface, that's two "very different" disciplines, said Gerardo Dada, product marketing leader for open cloud provider Rackspace Hosting.

Rackspace wants to merge those two worlds and today announced the launch of a new practice focusing on digital marketing infrastructure needs, Rackspace Digital. The hybrid cloud platform, Rackspace said, will help marketers engage with customers via websites, portal/extranets, mobile apps or online stores.

Having an "online presence" is for marketers "becoming more important than ever," Dada told CMSWire.

Altiscale has the RX for Hadoop Headaches

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Hadoop isn’t easy.

Sure, there are vendors out there who will tell you that it is ... Just take this course or that exam. Work with us side-by-side as we “elephantize” your Enterprise, and presto you’re a pro.

No, you’re not.

Not yet, anyway. Regardless of what any of the 268,000 hits you get when you enter the term “Hadoop training” into Google happens to say. And it’s not that these folks are trying to mislead you — they’ve put their heads and their hearts into encouraging and enabling the widespread adoption of Hadoop.

It’s just that becoming a master at Hadoop (Wikipedia definition: open-source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware) takes time, experience, trial and error and enough opportunities to generate a continuous record of success. But that’s not all. As a new technology with a vibrant Open Source community, Hadoop keeps changing, so it’s hard to keep up.

SharePoint 2010 to 2013: Plan Content Migration Now #SPTechCon

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For organizations contemplating the upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, there doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer to the “when” question. Upgrade now? Upgrade later? Upgrade at all?

Rackspace Debuts Private Cloud on OpenStack Grizzly

Rackspace Debuts Private Cloud on OpenStack Grizzly

 Cloud hosting company Rackspace has debuted its Private Cloud software on Openstack Grizzly, the latest version of the Openstack system, and the release adds virtual networks and active directory integration to the Private Cloud.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Atlassian, Zappos, Huddle, Twitter, Mozilla, Percussion and Tumblr (01-Mar-13)

Start off the New Year with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

How Cloud Computing Is Shaping Your Business, How Business Is Shaping The Cloud

There have been numerous reports over the years on how cloud computing has developed, how businesses are taking to it, and how it is being used in the home. However, little enough research has been done to assess what vendors think about it. A new report aims to remedy that.

Open Data Institute Revs Up Data.gov.uk to Leverage Startups, Open Governments

Could the key to better government lie in its mountains of already free and available data

Rackspace Strengthens SharePoint Muscle #spc12

Rackspace might have just helped SharePoint along in its journey to being used by every business on earth. The Texas-based cloud services provider has announced its new end-to-end SharePoint offering that provides hosting, design, development, training and support.

BitNami Eases Path to the Cloud for Liferay Customers

Installing Liferay on Amazon Web Services (AWS) just became a little easier thanks to a new partnership between Liferay and BitNami.

Adobe CQ Cloud Manager Adds Support for Rackspace

As promised, Adobe has announced that its CQ Cloud Manager now supports Rackspace in addition to the already in-place support for Amazon EC2.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Intel, Nuance, Rackspace, Perforce, Alcatel-Lucent and Akamai (27-Sep-12)

Start off Fall with a new gig -- we've got a shopping list of hot jobs for you to browse. Our featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your open jobs here).

Rackspace Supports Adobe CQ5 Via Critical Application Services

Rackspace has rebranded its Critical Sites service to Critical Application Services. With the rebranding it has extended the service to the open cloud and to its Adobe CQ web content management customers.

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