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Rackspace Hosting Creates New Business Unit - Cloud Office

Rackspace Hosting announced that it has created a new business unit - Cloud Office at Rackspace - to unify its portfolio of Rackspace and Microsoft(R) business productivity and collaboration tools. The suite of solutions available under Cloud Office at Rackspace includes hosted Microsoft Exchange and Rackspace Email, Microsoft Lync(R) and Microsoft SharePoint(R) collaboration tools and Jungle Disk(R) backup services, all backed by Fanatical Support(R). Cloud Office at Rackspace provides a foundation of fully managed business productivity tools to help businesses of all sizes improve communication and collaboration. The Cloud Office portfolio gives customers the flexibility to choose from a broad set of solutions delivered on a variety of technology platforms to help meet business requirements. Cloud Office at Rackspace enhances customer productivity with a team of specialists who take on the burden of deploying, managing and troubleshooting, so customers can focus on their core business. Support from the Cloud Office at Rackspace team includes direct access to a dedicated team of specialists who deliver Fanatical Support. Solutions are backed by SLAs, including 100% uptime guarantee for Hosted Microsoft Exchange. Customers can use tools supported by Cloud Office at Rackspace to: Communicate with email hosting - Rackspace specializes in the day-to-day management of business email platforms, allowing companies to focus on their core business. With the experience of managing millions of hosted mailboxes, Rackspace makes it simple to communicate and get work done through a variety of email hosting solutions including enterprise-class Microsoft Exchange and affordable business-class Rackspace Email; Collaborate with Microsoft SharePoint and Lync - Rackspace creates and maintains custom scalable solutions that maximize the power of SharePoint. This allows customers to focus on strategic initiatives while Rackspace manages their applications. Customers also can access secure instant messaging and video calling with Microsoft Lync, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use tool that seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook for accessible collaboration from desktops to mobile devices; and Backup and Protect Data with Jungle Disk - Rackspace makes computer and server-level backups easy and reliable with Jungle Disk. Jungle Disk offers online backups and cloud file storage for valuable business data without interfering with workflows, enabling easy sharing of critical business files and protection with unique encryption capabilities.

Rackspace Releases Rackspace Hybrid Cloud Offering, RackConnect(R) V3

Rackspace announced the newest release of its Rackspace Hybrid Cloud offering, RackConnect(R) v3, including new security capabilities, increased scalability and an improved customer experience. Rackspace created the unique RackConnect technology to address the needs of customers who require the scalability of the cloud, combined with the enhanced security and performance of traditional dedicated hosting. RackConnect allows customers to blend traditional dedicated hardware and networks with a variety of services deployed in the public cloud. The latest iteration of RackConnect uses software-defined network technology and Rackspace Cloud Networks to deliver a seamless connection between disparate environments with an emphasis on security across the entire configuration. Rackspace offers this hybrid cloud solution with the ability to incorporate highly customized devices within dedicated hosting and connect with public cloud, private cloud powered by VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft, and even offsite to a customer premise all backed by Fanatical Support. There is no additional charge for RackConnect beyond the cost of the underlying resources consumed. With the new version of RackConnect, customers will be able to take advantage of enhanced security capabilities, increased scalability and automation, and more device options. Enhanced Security - RackConnect v3 expands the security of dedicated environments into the Rackspace Public Cloud by integrating isolated Rackspace Cloud Networks to keep traffic segregated. Increased Scalability and Automation - RackConnect v3 supports as much as a 5x increase in scalability. It also decreases the time to provision new resources and helps reduce the risk of build failures by introducing seamless Rackspace Cloud Server provisioning. Enhanced Customer Experience - Using best practices and software-defined networking (SDN), RackConnect v3 shifts complexity away from the customer and toward software and automation, delivering a seamless customer experience. More Device Options - RackConnect remains free of charge to all Rackspace customers that have a compatible network device. The Brocade ADX load balancer joins the list of RackConnect compatible devices, along with the Cisco ASA firewall series and the F5 BIP-IP local traffic manager, to further reduce the cost of an entry-level RackConnect deployment.

MobileForceField Chooses Rackspace to Host All of its Websites

MobileForceField has chosen Rackspace to host all of its websites. MobileForceField's patent pending app steps in before a child receives bullying messages, inappropriate images or visits unsuitable apps and websites. It also uses geofencing technology to monitor the location of the child and help ensure they are kept away from uninviting locations. Rackspace is supporting both the main MobileForceField website which is used for marketing purposes and the portal where parents log in to review activity on their child's device. The scalable infrastructure was in place so that the spike in traffic to these sites could be easily handled when the solution was launched in the UK on 2 October. The app is available now on Android devices and Rackspace will provide hosting support for the tool being launched on the Apple App Store.

Rackspace Announces Release of OnMetal(TM) Cloud Big Data Platform

Rackspace announced the release of OnMetal(TM) Cloud Big Data Platform so customers can now deploy bare metal instances of Apache(TM) Hadoop(R) with Spark(TM) in just three clicks. The new solution provides an efficient and elastic platform that delivers break-through speed for Hadoop and Spark(TM), allowing data scientists to gather insights in minutes rather than hours or days. OnMetal Cloud Big Data Platform is a turn-key service, which eliminates the need to configure and integrate complex hardware and software infrastructure. Senior business leaders now have a simple alternative for implementing their big data agendas. The beta launch of support for Apache Spark also offers companies the tools needed to accelerate the development and analysis of data science applications. For instance, developers can interact with data in real time via Scala or Python Shells. And with the inclusion of high level tools like Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, MLib and GraphX, developers and data scientists can now take advantage of the most powerful tools from Spark for streaming, machine learning, and graph-optimized applications. Highlights include: Big Data as a service, rapid time to market, breakthrough performance. With this announcement, Rackspace continues to expand the breadth and capability of its portfolio of managed databases, now supporting the most popular Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases. This includes Hadoop, Spark, MongoDB, Redis, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Percona, and MariaDB. Customers have the flexibility to deploy across private, public, bare metal and hybrid clouds with options to automate and reduce the time and money needed to deploy, scale, manage and help ensure the availability of production database applications.

MobileForceField Selects Rackspace Inc.'s Hybrid Cloud

Rackspace Inc. has announced that MobileForceField has selected Rackspace Hybrid Cloud to power all of its websites. MobileForceField is an innovative British company formed in 2013 with a unique patent pending product, an app, which steps in before a child receives bullying messages, inappropriate images or visits unsuitable apps and websites, helping keep them safe from harm. In addition to this, the application is one of the first which uses geofencing technology to monitor the whereabouts of the child and helps ensure they are kept away from uninviting locations. MobileForceField dismissed using an unmanaged cloud infrastructure in an attempt to keep costs as low as possible, as it knows that these services would not meet the three key requirements it had which were scalability, customer service (load speed) and dedicated expertise. At this point, it turned to a Rackspace managed cloud service which covers each of these top priorities. The startup elected not to employ the extra resource to manage its IT infrastructure in-house, so instead it opted for Rackspace managed cloud services which provide 24/7/365 support from a team of specialists. This allows the company to make best use of their core skills and work with charities, schools and universities to help protect young people by focusing on education and understanding for those who work with them rather than assigning extra resource to managing the performance of its websites.


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