As anyone who’s ever tried to move a technology from development to production knows, operations and scaling are two of the most difficult elements to do well. Nowhere is that more true than when you are talking about a cloud platform such as OpenStack. Deploying an OpenStack cloud with 10s of servers to support a […]

Rackspace recently released version 12.2 of Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) based on the Liberty release. In RPC v12.2, Rackspace supports Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS). Since LBaaS is still a relatively new offering in the OpenStack community,  I want to provide more details to help users understand what LBaaS does and how it can […]

Boris Renski, CMO and co-founder of Mirantis, created a stir yesterday with his blog post, “Infrastructure Software is Dead,” which calls into question the viability of having users deploy and operate infrastructure software such as OpenStack on their own. Boris says it was a long time coming but he now realizes that you help customers be successful […]

We spend too much time talking about OpenStack. That may seem like a surprising statement, considering the resources and energy Rackspace devotes to the OpenStack project and to our offerings built around this open cloud platform. Rackspace has more engineers and operators talking and thinking about OpenStack than anyone in the world. Our team of […]

As the co-founder and standard-bearer for OpenStack, Rackspace gets a lot of questions from users, journalists, analysts and vendors — about how we run OpenStack at scale, whether we use upstream code or have forked the project, and how we decide what code to contribute back. Given that Rackspace runs the oldest and largest OpenStack […]

If you’ve read my recent blog post recapping the Austin OpenStack Summit, you’ll know I believe OpenStack is beginning to cross the chasm from early to mainstream adoption. I’m not alone in that assessment; folks inside and outside the OpenStack ecosystem have noted the same trend. Despite this encouraging trend, however, there are warning signs to […]

I was in Las Vegas last week for the “last” or at least last independent EMC World (there will be a Dell-EMC World in 2017). As a former EMC employee, I was interested in seeing what the messaging would be as EMC enters uncharted territory as an acquired company (say it with me three time “This […]


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