I am not able to attend AWS re:Invent 2016 but decided to blog about the general sessions since they are being live streamed. Stay tuned for recaps of the keynotes on Wednesday and Thursday. This year’s AWS re:Invent is bigger than ever with ~32,000 attendees and the conference is fast becoming the must attend enterprise […]

Upgrades. Few IT activities are as important yet heartburn-inducing as upgrading a major system. Often upgrades mean service disruption, both expected and sometimes unexpected, which can negatively affect businesses. Often the cause is unreliable software and/or lack of operational expertise. I’ve worked with and for enterprise customers who had policies of not upgrading until a particular […]

Data storage growth is both a reality and a burden for today’s enterprises. With the move to digital, big data and, data intensive workloads, enterprises are storing an increasing amount of data, growing 30-40 percent per year, according to Vanson Bourne LTD. Much of this growth comes from applications running on cloud platforms such as […]

Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, kicked off day two of the Summit by tying it back to the first day’s keynote about the challenge of meeting the scalability requirements of projects such as the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. The SKA project is expecting to require multi-exaFLOPS — that’s one quintillion (10^18) […]

Like the city in which we are meeting, the Barcelona OpenStack Summit feels both old and new at the same time. Barcelona is a new venue for the bi-annual Summit and as usual, there are an impressive number of first time attendees. But there is also a very familiar feel to the Summit this time — after […]

OpenStack is moving steadily into the enterprise and is now the de facto standard for private cloud platforms. With Newton, the most recent release, OpenStack is focusing on three key functions necessary for it to become the single platform for enterprise IT: scalability, resiliency and user experience. At Rackspace, we see the rise of this community-built open source platform as […]

Rackspace is known for our expertise building highly available solutions for our customers, so it should be no surprise that we’ve been able to apply that competency to managed OpenStack solutions for both our upsteam offering and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat. or PRC-R. I provided some details in my previous post, about RPC-R’s reference […]