What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

1.      Support

The most common cloud services complaint is the lack of support and management that comes when businesses are embarking on any level of cloud migration.

Businesses need to consider their wider approach to cloud operations first and ask themselves if they are going to run it internally, 24x7 or get someone else to do the hard work of scaling,...

By Rackspace, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, SMEs.

After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you

By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace

Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.

To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.

Financials: As the recent...

By Rackspace, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, SLA, SMEs, Vendors.

For the enterprise cloud, the future is hybrid

Attention CIOs – the hybrid cloud is enterprise ready. In fact, according to a GigaOM article, the hybrid cloud has been enterprise ready for the past couple of years, and that in 2011, the majority of participants in a cloud-use survey anticipated moving to the hybrid cloud in the future.

The future is here.

To prove that enterprise is using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, consider this....

By Rackspace, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Hype, Strategy.

The case for block-level cloud storage

Before block storage in the cloud, when businesses needed to provision large amounts of storage – for server data, for example – they’d need to requisition and pay for huge server instances, even if the capacity and compute power far exceeded their needs. 

Organizations now buy storage in "blocks" to exactly fit their needs, regardless of the size of their cloud server. The old way, when after you bought a server you would need to upgrade...

By Rackspace, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage, Strategy.

The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud

The Growth of Cloud Block Storage: Building Blocks in the Cloud

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to...

By Rackspace, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Storage, Strategy.

Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage

An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. 

And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.

These factors make the cloud a perfect platform for storage...

By Rackspace, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hosting, OpenSource, Storage.

Need terabytes of cloud storage? No problem...

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

The term “big data” may be a bit of a misnomer. For some companies, big data is actually huge data. Even small companies now find themselves immersed in massive amounts of data of all sorts, which leads to the problem of storing all of it.

Enter the big data cloud storage solutions, which...

By Rackspace, 14 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hosting, Storage.

IT jobs recovering faster than after dot-com bubble thanks to cloud

The bursting of the dot-com bubble left a long and lingering scar on the IT industry for many years.

Some would argue, rather successfully, that the industry never fully recovered after the 2001 implosion of an industry that had been propped up by the mad dash to prevent Y2K from changing life as we had come to know it.

Once disaster had been averted and the frantic race to the finish line was over, companies that had been spending big and living large suddenly had little money coming back into the business...

By Rackspace, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Forecasts.

Choosing the right content delivery network

By Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine is a freelance writer who covers everything from data center technology to holistic veterinary care and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Welcome to Generation Now. Today’s users want information in an instant. Make them wait more than a second or two for your webpage to load and they’ll surf over to the first competitor who feeds their demand for instant gratification.

Using a Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution...

By Rackspace, 05 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.

Cloud servers: Leading the pack in Linux VPS

Although Microsoft Windows still dominates the desktop operating system popularity, Linux has become a dominant force in cloud servers and virtual private servers (VPS). Linux is not only a cheaper way to host cloud applications, but it also comes in several distribution flavors.

Customers looking at cloud hosting as a solution can choose from CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian. Each of...

By Rackspace, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hosting, Private.

Cloud ERP is the next big thing in the cloud

By Sharon Florentine

The Cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) landscape is expanding, and competition is heating up. Back in July 2012, Web-based business software provider NetSuite’s Q2 revenue and earnings numbers were the first indicators of a growing trend in the Cloud ERP space.

As Ben Kepes reported in the Cloud Ave blog, NetSuite’s subscription and support revenues were $61 million, a 27...

By Rackspace, 07 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

What are the top five cloud features every exec should know?

By Sharon Florentine

You don’t have to be an IT expert to grasp that the cloud translates to cost savings and operational efficiencies. But knowing the key cloud attributes can make selling a migration to the cloud an easy business decision to make. 

Cohesive Flexible Technologies (CohesiveFT), an enterprise application-to-cloud migration services company, has 

By Rackspace, 04 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Scalability, Vendors, Virtualisation.

How much cloud storage do you really need?

The unlimited ability to store data in the cloud is something of a dream come true for organizations that previously struggled to meet capacity requirements and keep up with fast-growing data stores, but lately, some new questions have arisen: How much cloud storage space do you really need? What data should you keep, and what should you throw away?

How can you evaluate your existing storage infrastructure to estimate your cloud storage needs? Answering 

By Rackspace, 11 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.

How to lead the way for new data center technology

By Patrick Burke

The networking layer of the data center may be the next segment of IT to undergo some disruption, putting it on par with servers and storage, which have seen major changes with the help of cloud computing, virtualisation and other trends designed to improve efficiency and performance.

Software-defined networking, or SDN, has been around for several years now and is utilized by such big-name players as Rackspace.

But the technology is poised to gain more of a foothold in...

By Rackspace, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry, Virtualisation.

Pros and cons of consolidating data into one cloud

By Sue Poremba

The cloud business has grown and matured over the past years to levels that were unimaginable at its inception. Modern cloud providers have data centers spread across the world, or at least in key regions. This allows them to offer high-speed access to data in the cloud regardless of region and also helps them keep data duplicates on different continents.

This proliferation of the cloud has also meant the availability of free or inexpensive 

By Rackspace, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Storage.