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Rackspace takes itself off the block, names new CEO


Here’s an eye opener: Rackspace, which put itself on the market a few months back, is officially taking itself off and named current president Taylor Rhodes as CEO.

The company dropped the news Tuesday afternoon in a press release that said the company’s board and independent advisors  had run through a series of scenarios including acquisition or share buybacks before ruling them out.

Graham Weston, company chairman, in the statement said:

 In this process we talked to a diverse group of interested parties and entertained different proposals. None of these proposals were deemed to have as much value as the expected value of our standalone plan. We concluded that the company is best positioned to drive value for shareholders, customers and Rackers through the continued execution of its strategic plan to capitalize on the growing market opportunity for managed cloud services.

Rhodes, a sales exec with the San Antonio-based company…

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Puppet Labs Acquires Cloudsmith For Its Tools That Connect GitHub To AWS


Puppet Labs is acquiring Cloudsmith, a provider of development tools for building out infrastructures that are automated in the manner that is becoming essential in this age of the cloud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs, said in an email that the Cloudsmith team has deep expertise with the Eclipse developer tools ecosystem, as well as open source, and that they have worked with the company for several years. Kanies said Cloudsmith will connect its IDE, Gepetto, to the Puppet infrastructure in order to retrieve Puppet modules from GitHub. It will then automatically install, configure and deploy the applications on Amazon EC2.

The integration of test tools with cloud environments is becoming more important for organizations that see the value in developing a programmable infrastructure. It’s necessary for a few reasons. Companies are building more apps and that means developers need…

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Continuous integration: the practice of frequently integrating one’s new or changed code with the existing code repository [wikipedia]

In this blog we will talk about how the continuous integration process was put in place for the new component, Eucalyptus User Console, in order to collaborate the efforts among the dev, QA and release teams throughout the development cycle of Eucalyptus 3.2.


Eucalyptus User Console is a newly introduced component in Eucalyptus, whose main goal is to provide an easy-to-use, intuitive browser-based interface to the cloud users, thus assisting in the dev/test cloud deployments among IT organizations and enterprises. Eucalyptus User Console consists of two components: javascript-based client-side application and Tornado-based user console proxy server.

Early Involvement

The first phase of the development was to come up with a quick prototype to demonstrate how the user console would work under the given initial design of the architecture (see…

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Agile Scrum in Under 10 Minutes

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Challenges and Experiences Building production IaaS Cloud Software

Challenges and Experiences Building production IaaS Cloud Software.

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This post was done by @martinjlogan and based on a presentation given by George Reese @GeorgeReese at Camp DevOps 2011

Time to throw some more buzzwords at you. Nothing makes peoples eyes roll back more quickly than saying DevOps and Cloud in the same sentence. This is going to be all about Cloud and DevOps.

The theory of DevOps is predicated on the idea that all elements of a technology infrastructure can be controlled through code. Without cloud that can’t be entirely true. Someone has to back the servers into the data center and so on. In pure cloud operations we get to this sort of nirvana where everything relating to technology is controllable purely through code.

A key thing with respect to DevOps plus Cloud that follows from the statements made above is that everything becomes repeatable. At some level that is the point of DevOps. You take the…

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Comparison of IaaS service providers

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Forecasting Public Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise

Forecasting Public Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise.

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Going To The Cloud: Webcast Follow Up

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On June 14th Stacy Dyer and I presented a webcast talking about “the cloud” and what It really is.  This post is a follow up to help answer some of the questions asked and to provide a link to the presentation on Slideshare.

During our webcast we spent a fair amount of time discussing what is the cloud – physically.  What does it look like? I found some more pictures for you below.

Here’s a drawing of what a “cloud farm” looks like and a break out picture of an individual container.

This picture is what it looks like inside one of the shipping container data center units depicted above.

We had some really good questions and it makes sense to repost them here in case you couldn’t join us.

Q. What is the security on the cloud as far as HIPAA goes?

A. Many organizations who are subject…

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