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The Scavenger Hunt and the triumph of the Thunder Dragons Blog -

Every now and then we shut down the office for a few hours and gather everyone together for some wholesome team-building exercises (in other words, we act goofy and have some beers). Last Friday was one of those days, as we divided into teams for a scavenger hunt that took us (err … most of us) all over Denver. The rules Teams were chosen randomly and given a sheet of clues. The clues directed us to treasure balls (vending machine capsules) hidden throughout the city. First team to return with all treasure balls wins No driving allowed. Bikes, walking, taxis, public transit … all fair game. Additional prizes were awarded for best team picture, most awkward New Domain sales pitch, and most team spirit. The hunt Nic Steinbach (the Artist Formerly Known As New TLD Nic) and Ashley Forker (not a great go-kart driver) planned the scavenger hunt with a dozen destinations, mostly in the LoDo/LoHi area and around our Cherry Creek office. We had to collect a treasure ball at each destination, sometimes from a friendly bartender (Denver Beer Company, The Fainting Goat, Milwaukee Street Tavern …) who awaited us with an open bar tab. The teams Team Thunder Dragon: Jon Liu, Dave, Smitty, Ethan, and Jacob Front to back: Jon Liu, Dave, Smitty, Jacob, and Ethan Team Fancy Hats: PMo, Adam, and Angela Left: Angela. Middle: PMo. Bottom: Adam The Fuzzy Unicorn Kids: Jared, Kristen, Eric, Kyle, and Alex Left to right: Alex, Jared, an officer of the law, Eric’s head, half of Kristen’s head. Not pictured: Kyle (skateboard issues) Team Otter Destruction: Shannon, Cora, Helen, Scott, and Sky Back row from left: Cora, Helen, Sky, and Scott. Shannon’s in front. Martha Stewart and the West Side Slammers: Nick, Ryan, Steve, and Cedar Clockwise from bottom left: Ryan, Cedar, Nick, and Steve The pitches loadYouTube(); The results Team Thunder Dragon won (using only bicycles), but just narrowly. Team Fancy Hats finished just seconds behind, and was granted the award for Most Team Spirit. The Fuzzy Unicorn Kids came in third, and won the award for best team photo (see above) Team Otter Destruction proved to be utterly inconsequential despite the exhaustive planning of Shannon Brown. Martha Stewart and the West Side Slammers called it a day when they got to the Fainting Goat and did not collect all the treasure balls. They never came back. They might still be there. But they did find the time to make the best awkward New Domain sales pitch. Team Thunder Dragon: The duck-faced, blue-steel victors.    

Featured Blog: Imagine Childhood

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NAME: Sarah, Deb, and Jordan BLOG: Imagine Childhood TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2009 WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: At Imagine Childhood, bloggers Sarah, Deb, and Jordan believe that children should experience the world through their own eyes, ears, fingers, and toes, and that open-ended imaginative play is the best way to learn. Part community forum and part storefront, Imagine Childhood is a place where parents and kids can find their own definition of childhood. On their blog and in their store, they offer stories, activities, and innovative products that encourage exploration, creativity, and open-ended unstructured play. FOLLOW: Typepad | Twitter

New EU Cloud Computing Marketplace Targets Scientific Community

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The Helix Nebula Initiative (HNX) is a collaboration between the European scientific community and businesses to provide a sustainable cloud. Its new cloud marketplace is designed specifically to serve the needs of data intensive science and will begin operations this month. Cloud marketplaces are becoming quite popular. The WHIR recently…

Customer Highlight: Meet Possible Blog -

  We love talking to customers about the cool stuff that they’re building. We had the chance to meet one of our awesome customers, Possible, in New York City. Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that brings low-cost, high-quality healthcare to the world’s poor. Possible is pioneering what they’re calling durable healthcare. Durable healthcare brings together the best private, public, and philanthropic models. Possible has already helped an astonishing 167,000 patients in rural Nepal get treatment through a referral network, community health workers, clinics, and government hospitals. Mark Arnoldy of Possible told us that the organization was created because, “We feel healthcare is broken and it works the least for those who need it the most. We saw an opportunity to build a healthcare model that would work for the world’s poorest and our Manifesto says it all.” If you want to learn more about Possible, we recommend that you check out their For-Impact Culture Code, which does a great job outlining their culture and values. You can read it here. Possible also created a great Manifesto video that summarizes their vision in a brilliant way: loadVimeo(); Also, since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, we’d love to help crowdfund as many safe birth’s as possible for a mother in need this Mother’s Day. Check out the crowdfunding campaign here and learn about how you can help crowdfund a safe birth. Want to learn about more cool customers? Follow us on Twitter to learn about our awesome customers. Follow @namedotcom //

Icehouse: The Enterprise-Grade OpenStack Release

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In April, the OpenStack Foundation released Icehouse, the ninth release of the OpenStack cloud platform. The general consensus seems to be that while Icehouse has some compelling new features, the focus of this version of OpenStack is on enterprise-grade readiness. Vendors like Rackspace and users with strong engineering talent have been very successful in creating enterprise-grade clouds using earlier OpenStack releases, but there has been a concerted focus by the community to stabilize the code and to enhance the operational capabilities of the platform. As a result, more vendors and partners in the ecosystem are now able to deliver OpenStack-powered products and services that can satisfy the stringent infrastructure requirements of enterprise shops. Let’s take a look at what makes Icehouse enterprise-grade: Improvements and Features of Note Given the large number of new features and bug fixes in Icehouse, I won’t try to do a comprehensive review. Instead, I will highlight a few key updates and talk about their importance in creating an enterprise-grade cloud platform. Federated identity management: Federated authentication is now supported, allowing users to access private and public OpenStack clouds with the same credentials. This is very important for enterprises that will run multiple instances of OpenStack clouds but want to simply identity management across those clouds. It’s also another step in enabling federated management of hybrid clouds, built using OpenStack-powered public and private clouds; this federated management is key for enterprises that are required to store data in their own data centers but wish to leverage the public cloud for certain use cases and workloads. Enhanced platform stability: Past releases have introduced major new projects such as Neutron, which added valuable new services to OpenStack but also required major code changes in the core projects. In Icehouse, the only new integrated project is Trove (which I’ll discuss in more detail later), which adds new functionality and does not require major changes to core projects such as Nova or Keystone. Instead, there have been a number of code updates based on feedback from current deployments that have increased platform reliability and make OpenStack Icehouse an enterprise-grade release. Live upgrade of Nova Compute: Icehouse introduces the ability to upgrade OpenStack compute nodes in a rolling fashion so downtime is not required to upgrade compute nodes. In Icehouse, the controller nodes can be upgraded while the compute nodes are still running on Havana code. The compute nodes can then each be upgraded to the Icehouse code while cloud instances continue running on the compute nodes. This is a major functionality enhancement for enterprises that must reduce the amount of potential downtime for their infrastructure and expect live upgrades to be table stakes for any enterprise-grade technology. Improved user interface and experience for Horizon: The Horizon dashboard/web portal has been enhanced to provide admins and users an improved UI experience. While the expectation is that most users will interact with and manage their OpenStack cloud using APIs, there are cases where enterprise admins and users will use the dashboard to monitor and manage their OpenStack clouds. Project Trove (DBaaS) being integrated into OpenStack: Trove enables relational and non-relational databases to be created and configured on OpenStack, as a service and with minimal manual configuration, thereby simplifying typically complex database administrative processes. Databases are critical applications in the enterprise and Trove begins to give users the ability to consume databases as cloud services, making users more agile and more efficient. Rackspace and Icehouse Rackspace runs the world’s largest OpenStack-powered public cloud and also operates a number of OpenStack-powered private clouds on behalf of enterprise customers. As such, there is always strong interest in how we consume the latest OpenStack releases and what we are doing to operationalize the platform. Users and other vendors alike rightfully believe that Rackspace’s experience with OpenStack is a bellwether in judging the enterprise-readiness of the platform. The Rackspace Public Cloud is currently running code that is based on an Icehouse feature freeze release candidate. That means that Rackspace effectively has all of the new capabilities of Icehouse running in our public cloud (for Nova, Glance and Swift). We should be running the actual Icehouse release code some time in the second quarter as we continuously update our cloud. We recently released new updates to the current Grizzly- and Havana-based Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) product and service; Rackspace is now working on an Icehouse-based version of RPC and we plan to deliver an enterprise-grade version to the market in a timely fashion. One of the major focuses in making OpenStack more enterprise-ready, along with the Icehouse code, is operational capabilities. These capabilities are not only provided through new features, such as live upgrades, but also by codifying and automating recommended practices for operating an OpenStack cloud. Rackspace is committed to sharing these practices with the OpenStack community and helping to increase the OpenStack community’s collective operational knowledge and excellence. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, please attend the Rackspace keynote at OpenStack Summit Atlanta next week during which Troy Toman, Cloud Architect and Foundation member, will talk more about what it will take to continue the advancement of the OpenStack cloud platform. Rackspace specialists will host a number of talks and sessions throughout OpenStack Summit Atlanta May 12 through May 16. Here’s a full lineup of our Summit activities.

WordPress 3.9.1 Maintenance Release News -

After three weeks and more than 9 million downloads of WordPress 3.9, we’re pleased to announce that WordPress 3.9.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog. If you are one of the millions already running WordPress 3.9, we’ve started rolling out automatic background updates for 3.9.1. For sites that support them, of course. Download WordPress 3.9.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Thanks to all of these fine individuals for contributing to 3.9.1: Aaron Jorbin, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Brian Richards, Chris Blower, Corey McKrill, Daniel Bachhuber, Dominik Schilling, feedmeastraycat, Gregory Cornelius, Helen Hou-Sandi, imath, Janneke Van Dorpe, Jeremy Felt, John Blackbourn, Konstantin Obenland, Lance Willett, m_i_n, Marius Jensen, Mark Jaquith, Milan Dinić, Nick Halsey, pavelevap, Scott Taylor, Sergey Biryukov, and Weston Ruter.

Set PayPal as a Secondary Checkout For Your Store

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Now, in just a few quick steps, your store can accept both credit cards and PayPal. With PayPal as a secondary checkout your store can provide new payment combinations between credit card gateways (Stripe or and PayPal. Your customers now have the flexibility to choose between PayPal or a credit card during checkout. More choices during checkout reduces cart abandonment and allows people to pick the payment option that works best for them. This eCommerce update is part of the Business Plan. Enabling PayPal as a secondary checkout is easy. Simply enter the email address associated with your PayPal account under Settings > Checkout from your store dashboard and the new payment option will be ready for your customers immediately.  We hope this update helps improve your eCommerce experience, as always, please share your feedback with us below!

Set PayPal as a Secondary Checkout For Your Store

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Now, in just a few quick steps, your store can accept both credit cards and PayPal. With PayPal as a secondary checkout your store can provide new payment combinations between credit card gateways (Stripe or and PayPal. Your customers now have the flexibility to choose between PayPal or a credit card during checkout. More choices during checkout reduces cart abandonment and allows people to pick the payment option that works best for them.This eCommerce update is part of the Business Plan. Enabling PayPal as a secondary checkout is easy. Simply enter the email address associated with your PayPal account under Settings > Checkout from your store dashboard and the new payment option will be ready for your customers immediately.  We hope this update helps improve your eCommerce experience, as always, please share your feedback with us below!

ZeroVM, UTSA Partnership To Investigate Future Cloud Use Cases

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ZeroVM is an exciting technology. It holds the promise of making cloud computing remarkably faster, lighter, more secure and more affordable. Based on Chromium Native Client (NaCl), ZeroVM virtualization creates a secure isolated execution environment that can run a single thread or application. Most importantly, ZeroVM can be easily embedded inside of existing storage systems. This is a paradigm changer. It enables developers to push application to data, rather than today’s model of pulling data to application. Many of the best tools developers use everyday are open source projects that have been built on a foundation of long-term support by a corporate sponsor. Partnerships like these ensure that projects have the resources they need to flourish and build a thriving independent community of contributors. When Rackspace acquired ZeroVM last fall, it committed to keeping this project open source, so that all can benefit and contribute. Rackspace’s sponsorship of ZeroVM runs deep. The company has formed a three-year partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to undertake advanced research projects that investigate how to make cloud computing with ZeroVM more valuable for everyone. UTSA doctoral candidates and professors will delve into core issues including the ZeroVM security model, and location-aware scheduling algorithms. They will also investigate new paradigms for data analysis that can be enabled by ZeroVM; such as multi-tenant massively parallel cloud-based database management, big data extractaction and large-scale image search. ZeroVM this week participated in the Open BigCloud Symposium and Open Compute Project Workshop at UTSA. The university’s Cloud and BigData Laboratory has also unveiled plans to launch an OpenStack cloud on Open Compute hardware for research and education. The university is leading the way in enabling next generation hyperscale cloud infrastructure. We’re delighted to be able to partner with them on this important research, made possible by Rackspace’s dedication to supporting ZeroVM technology development. There is a huge range of challenging use cases that ZeroVM makes possible. Rackspace’s partnership with UTSA enables developers to explore. We’ll be filling you in more in coming months, about the research projects’ leadership and progress. Stay tuned!

Golf or Tennis While at HostingCon?

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If you have some free time or plan to vacation in the Miami Beach area before or after HostingCon, you might be interested in a round of golf or tennis match. This part of Florida is home to a huge number of great golf courses, but only two close by are open to the public. Both are easily accessed from the venue hotel The Loews, as you can see from the map (the hotel and both courses are shown). Here’s information on the courses, including contact numbers to book a tee time in advance. Miami Beach Golf Club 2301 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140 Phone:  305-532-3350 (call to reserve a tee time) Website: Cost: $100 for a round of golf The Miami Beach Golf Club is located very close to the venue hotel and conference site. Formerly called the Bayshore, the club has existed since 1923, and recently underwent a major $10 million facelift. Like many places in Florida, the club was used as an army training ground in WWII — it was rented by the military for $1 per year. The course features a restaurant and pro shop. Comprised of 18 holes, club rules include soft spikes only (metals can be changed) and “proper” golf attire (see website for details and for what not to wear). Rental of TaylorMade Burner Woods and TaylorMade Burner Irons and golf shoes are offered. A municipal Par-3 course (Bayshore Municipal) is located just across the street from the club for those who aren’t looking for quite so long a game. Normandy Shores Golf Club 2401 Biarritz Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33141 Phone:  (305) 868-6502 Website: Cost:  $75 ($60 for twilight rates after 3 p.m.) First opened in 1941, Normandy Shores is another public golf course with a long history and wartime service as a training ground. Regular players at the club have included some of the biggest names in the game, including Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Peter Thompson. The City finished the latest renovation of the club in 2008 at a cost of more than $9 million. The course is in a beautiful location. It’s a little further from the hotel and convention center than the first course, but is just a short drive or cab ride. Golf clubs and shoes are available for rent. The dress code is virtually identical to the Miami Beach Club. The Normandy Shores Grill restaurant has Happy Hour at 5 p.m. A pro shop, driving range and putting green round out the offerings, with professional lessons also available. If tennis is more your sport, two nearby public tennis centers provide an opportunity to grab a court and challenge another HostingCon attendee to a match. Each is located in a public athletic park that features a variety of other possible activities, such as aquatics, basketball courts, football field, and running tracks. Flamingo Park Tennis Center 11th Street & Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach, FL Phone:  305-673-7766 This park covers 36.53 acres in total, with recent renovations including installation of artificial turf on the football field and resurfacing of the 8-lane running track. Basketball/handball courts, an aquatic center, and a variety of other activities are also found. For tennis, renovations finished in 2013 replaced the lighting, landscaping, and irrigation of the tennis facility, as well as resurfacing of the 17 clay courts. There is also a pro shop at the park. North Shore Park Tennis Center 501 – 72nd Street, Miami Beach, FL Phone:  305-861-3616 The North Shore Park & Youth Center offers a lot of athletic programs for local children and teens, but its main appeal for HostingCon attendees is probably its impressive tennis center. Ten of its 12 tennis courts are top-of-the-line HydroGrid courts and two are hard courts There is also a pro shop that sells tennis products and promotional items. As city-run facilities, both tennis centers have the same hours and fee schedule. Hours of Operation Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Court Fees (per person) Residents: $5 / hour Non-Residents: $10 / hour Light Fee for night play: $1.50 Of course, the HostingCon venue hotel has spa and athletic facilities available as well, but if you are looking for a round of golf or game of tennis, these public parks are good choices. For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon - Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

Twelve New Features for Amazon Redshift

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Amazon Redshift makes it easy for you to launch a data warehouse. Because Redshift is a managed service, you can focus on your data and your analytics, while Redshift takes care of the infrastructure for you. We have added support for twelve powerful and important features over the past month or so. Let's take a look at each one... JSON Support You can now load data in JSON format directly into Redshift, without preprocessing. Many devices, event handling systems, servers, and games generate data in this format. When you use this new option, you can specify the mapping of JSON elements to Redshift column names in a jsonpaths file. This gives you the power to map the hierarchically data in the JSON file to the flat array of columns used by Redshift. Here's a sample file: { "jsonpaths": [ "$['id']", "$['name']", "$['location'][0]", "$['location'][1]", "$['seats']" ] } And here's a COPY command which references the jsonpaths file and the JSON data, both of which are stored in Amazon S3: COPY venue FROM 's3://mybucket/venue.json' credentials 'aws_access_key_id=ACCESS-KEY-ID; aws_secret_access_key=SECRET-ACCESS-KEY' JSON AS 's3://mybucket/venue_jsonpaths.json'; Documentation: Copy from JSON Format. Copy from Elastic MapReduceYou can now copy data from an Elastic MapReduce cluster to a Redshift cluster. In order to do this you first need to transfer your Redshift cluster's public key and the IP addresses of the cluster nodes to the EC2 hosts in the Elastic MapReduce cluster. Then you can use a Redshift COPY command to copy fixed-width files, character-delimited files, CSV files, and JSON-formatted files to Redshift. Documentation: Loading Data From Amazon EMR Unload to a Single File You can now use UNLOAD to upload the result of a query to one or more Amazon S3 files: UNLOAD ('select_statement') TO 's3://object_path_prefix' [ WITH ] CREDENTIALS [AS] 'aws_access_credentials' [ option [ ... ] ] Option can be either PARALLEL ON or PARALLEL OFF. By default, UNLOAD writes data in parallel to multiple files, according to the number of slices in the cluster. If PARALLEL is OFF or FALSE, UNLOAD writes to one or more data files serially, limiting the size of each S3 object to 6.2 Gigabytes. If, for example, you unload 13.4 GB of data, UNLOAD automatically will create the following three files: s3://bucket/key000 6.2 GB s3://bucket/key001 6.2 GB s3://bucket/key002 1.0 GB Documentation: UNLOAD command. Increased Concurrency You can now configure a maximum of 50 simultaneous queries across all of your queues. Each slot in a queue is allocated an equal, fixed share of the server memory allocated to the queue. Increasing the level of concurrency will allow you to increase query performance for some types of workloads. For example, workloads that contain a mix of many small, quick queries and a few, long-running queries can be served by a pair of queues, using one with a high level of concurrency for the small, quick queries and another with a different level of concurrency for long-running queries. Documentation: Defining Query Queues. Max Result Set SizeYou can now configure the cursor counts and result set sizes. Larger values will result in increased memory consumption; be sure to read the documentation on Cursor Constraints before making any changes. We know that this change will be of special interest to Redshift users who are also making use of data visualization and analytical products from Tableau. Regular Expression ExtractionThe new REGEX_SUBSTR function extracts a substring from a string, as specified by a regular expression. For example, the following SELECT statement retrieves the portion of an email address between the "@" character and the top-level domain name: select email, regexp_substr(email,'@[^.]*') Documentation: REGEX_SUBSTR function. The new REGEX_COUNT function returns an integer that indicates the number of times a regular expression pattern occurs in the string. For example, the following SELECT statement counts the number of times a three-letter sequence occurs: select regexp_count('abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz', '[a-z]{3}') Documentation: REGEX_COUNT function. The new REGEX_INSTR function returns an integer that indicates the beginning position of the matched regular expression. For example, the following SELECT statement searches for the @ character that begins a domain name and returns the starting position of the first match: select email, regexp_instr(email,'@[^.]*\\.(org|edu)') Documentation: REGEX_INSTR function. The new REGEX_REPLACE function replaces every occurrence of a regular expression with the specified string. For example, the following SELECT statement deletes the @ and domain name from email addresses: select email, regexp_replace(email, '@.*\\.(org|gov|com)$') Documentation: REGEX_REPLACE function. FedRAMP Approval Amazon Redshift has successfully completed the FedRAMP assessment and authorization process and has been added to the list of services covered under our US East/West FedRAMP Agency Authority to Operate granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Support for ECDHE-RSA and ECDHE-ESDCSA Cipher SuitesSSL connections to Redshift can now choose between a pair of ECDHE key exchange protocols and the associated cipher suites. With this change, SSL clients that specify these cipher suites now provide perfect forward secrecy. Resize Progress Indicator You can now monitor the progress of cluster resize operations. The information is displayed in the Redshift console and is also available via the Redshift API: Documentation: DescribeResize. All of these new features are available now for new clusters and will roll out to existing clusters during maintenance windows in the next two weeks. To see a complete list of features that we have added to Redshift, please view the Management Guide History and the Developer Guide History. -- Jeff;

How To Migrate Traditional Apps To The Hybrid Cloud

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I spend a considerable amount of time in front of customers and prospects. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about hybrid cloud. What’s the right approach? How long does migration take? What needs to be done in preparation? What benefits can our organization expect to receive? After fielding these questions across the country for lots of different size companies in a variety of industries, I thought it might be valuable to share some answers (and I did just that at EMC World). Hybrid cloud is an ideal solution for businesses because it enables IT teams to find the right combination of cloud and existing resources to do the job. At Rackspace, we call it the evolved enterprise cloud of the future. It’s a holistic way to combine public cloud, private cloud and dedicated servers into a single working platform to minimize tradeoffs and maximize the effectiveness of each component of a workload. So how does a business begin to adopt hybrid cloud? The way I see it, enterprises have two choices when it comes to migrating traditional apps from on-premises to the hybrid cloud: they can re-architect their apps for the cloud or they can follow an incremental path to cloud computing via hybrid cloud. If your business doesn’t have budget, time or compliance restrictions, re-architecting may be a viable option for you. But most companies do and they want to test performance before rollout, which is why they are heading toward the hybrid approach. Five-Step Approach In many cases, migrating an on-premises application to a hybrid cloud environment is less time consuming, less costly and less risky than re-factoring an application for a pure cloud environment because you are able to split application components between a dedicated environment and public cloud environments. For internal data centers running VMware and EMC technologies, migrating a three-tier application with separate web, application and database components can be done in five easy steps: Step 1: Profile your application – This step includes creating a data flow model of components and processes to give you insight into dependencies, complexity and risk. Step 2: Examine key application characteristics – You will understand the nature and dependencies of each process and all interactions, as well as latencies and tolerances in this step. Step 3: Build out the hybrid environment – As you build, you should baseline app resource requirements first, and then use those baselines to compare total allotment to resource utilization trends. You will also need to choose methods for image porting and data migration. Step 4: Perform a proof of concept – During this step, load testing to measure performance and verifying scalability are critical. Step 5: Cut over to the hybrid environment – Best practices during this step include incrementally migrating users so you can be sure to address any issues that might arise. There is no question businesses benefit from engaging a managed service provider as they move to hybrid cloud. That’s because the service provider focuses on IT architecture and on-going support, leaving your resources free to focus on driving more value to your business.

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On TrintMe: A Social App To Express Your True Feelings

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For some, expressing your true feelings to someone you know is a tough thing to do. Enter TrintMe, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that makes an award winning social app that lets you express your true intentions, or “trints,” to friends and friends of friends. Whether just asking to hang out, grab a cup of coffee or start a romantic relationship, TrintMe keeps your true intentions secret unless the recipient feels the same way. TrintMe aims to remove the fear of rejection and embarrassment when trying to start a relationship. TrintMe Founder and CEO VS Joshi says he came up with the idea for the app at an MIT alumni meeting in the Silicon Valley. “At the Alumni meeting one of the girls whom I had known from college asked why I had not asked her out then and she was hoping to be asked,” explains Joshi. “Lives would have been different if either of us had taken that next step but we were both hesitant. That was the inspiration behind TrintMe.” Joshi says that during college he was interested in dating, but whenever he expressing his true intentions was often difficult. “…whenever I took the next step and expressed my true intentions, it was a disaster,” Joshi says. “I was rejected, embarrassed and many relationships didn’t work out.” Joshi sharpened and defined the mission for TrintMe – to solving the social anxiety challenges millions of people face and ensure people don’t miss out on a potential relationship – at the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program at Babson College. It was through the Venture Accelerator Program at Babson that Joshi was introduced to the Rackspace Startup Program. “At that early stage when an entrepreneur is still deciding whether they should leave the full-time job and start something of their own, support from the Rackspace Startup Program is huge,” Joshi says. “Startups all over the world thank Rackspace for that and you guys are really fanatical about customer support. I like that. What the heck, I love it!” And Joshi says he felt confident that his choice of hosting providers had a true understanding of what startups need to develop apps and get them to market fast. “As compared to competition, Rackspace is a very active player in the startup ecosystem and gives assurance to an entrepreneur that they understand the challenges that a startup faces and have programs for startups to leverage the Rackspace network for propelling the startup to greater heights,” concludes Joshi. The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help TrintMe bring its social app to market. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.


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