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As part of the Google I/O keynote yesterday, several new features for Google Compute Engine were announced. First, GCE is now available to everyone in a preview and available for signups. They also announced Cloud Datastore, a NoSQL database solution and several other features.
Google Compute Engine looks great, but it's the same old thing from a cloud standpoint. AWS and GCE are both single-vendor, lock-in prone providers. You can't run GCE in your own datacenter. You can't customize and install GCE on both a $200 One-laptop-per-child notebook and a $4,000 MacBook Pro. These platforms are not open.
This year at SXSW, I spoke on why open matters. I used examples to explain how open can triumph over closed like the open Internet and AOL, or Linux vs. Windows. One of my favorite examples is the Betamax.
Rackspace will be at the 11th Annual Southern California Linux Expo! SCALE 11X takes place on Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel. As the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source software expo in North America, SCALE 11X expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with presenting more than 70 speakers.
Rackspace and AppFog are throwing a Happy Hour on Thursday, February 7 at AppsWorld in San Francisco, and we’re asking developers to create an app that helps us choose the beers that will be served at the party. You could win an iPad! All you need to do is RSVP to the party, register for the contest, and then create an app (deployed on AppFog and Rackspace) that allows people to vote for which beers will be served at the happy hour.
That’s right, your votes determine which beers we drink! We’ve selected six beers for the contest: Widmer Hefeweizen, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stella Artois, Lagunitas IPA, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Guinness Stout.
We've moved! The Rackspace DevOps Blog is now hosted on Rackspace Cloud Files (powered by OpenStack Swift) using Octopress. This blog was hosted on WordPress, using a mix of various Rackspace Open Cloud products:
- Cloud Load Balancers
- Cloud Servers
- Cloud Databases
Wayne and I loved this setup and were pleased with performance and security. WordPress on this infrastructure was secure for our purposes (it's a simple blog, not hosting medical data or taking credit cards) so we were happy. So why move?
Rackspace will be present at Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week! If you’re a Rackspace customer we would love for you to stop by our booth and talk to us about how your company uses the Open Cloud. We also have several Rackers speaking during the conference:
Chad Lung is a software engineer on the Rackspace Cloud Integration team and is the maintainer of Atom Hopper. Be sure to check out his personal blog at http://www.giantflyingsaucer.com/blog/ and follow @chadlung on Twitter.
I recently wrote an article introducing Repose which is a sponsored open-source project that is built to scale for the cloud. Repose is used within Rackspace as a a key element of our internal OpenStack.
Rackspace will be present at Cloud Connect in Chicago this week! If you're a Rackspace customer we would love for you to stop by our booth and talk to us about how your company uses the Open Cloud. We also have several Rackers speaking during the conference:
Our cloud is open. We believe our company should be too. One of our Core Values at Rackspace is full disclosure and transparency, and we want to build a community for our developers that is open, transparent and helps them build amazing applications on the open cloud.