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With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. Behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occurring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. SYS-CON Events offered all delegates at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West in San Jose, CA, the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite cloud computing technology provider in five highly competitive categories. The results have been announced, and they are as follows: Best Overall Cloud Product Winner: VMware Infrastructure ESX - V... (more)

Mosso’s Load-and-Go Platform - Cloud Sites

Create a new Mosso-powered site - and even add some email accounts - in less than five minutes with Cloud Sites. Load-Balancing, clustering, and redundant storage are all inherited by applications automatically. From the first byte served, sites are hosted on advanced clustered technology designed for high-traffic, high-performance websites. When the site grows bigger than what's included, customers pay inexpensive scale pricing for exactly what is used and nothing more. Scale Your Bandwidth Starts at 500GB/mo. As much as you need for 25¢ per GB Scale Your SAN Storage Starts at 50GB/mo. As much as you need for 50¢ per GB Scale Your Computer Starts at 10,000 compute cycles/mo. As many as you need for 1¢ per compute cycle Standard Platform Most of the new hosting platforms require custom-code and architecture to make your application work. Mosso is different because it'... (more)

Mosso Co-Founder Jonathan Bryce to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo

The explosion of cloud computing providers dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for web entrepreneurs and innovative projects. However, the lack of interoperability and consistency across services keeps many businesses from adoption. There have been several calls for standards to help make the cloud more useful to businesses followed by responses from those who fear standards will stifle growth. Who's right? Is there a compromise? The Founder of Mosso, the cloud computing division of Rackspace, will explore the questions surrounding standards, providing different perspectives and potential outcomes. Bryce joins a star-studded lineup of speakers covering the hottest IT topic for years, with not just Amazon but also IBM, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Intel, HP and a host of others all offering, using or developing high-end computing services typically described as “cl... (more)

Rackspace Announces Full Suite of Cloud Hosting Offers

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leading hosting services provider, today unveiled its cloud hosting strategy which extends the company’s technology and service leadership to cloud hosting. In support of its new cloud hosting strategy, the company announced it has agreed to acquire Slicehost and Jungle Disk, and has established relationships with Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) and Sonian Networks to provide more robust service offerings. Today’s announcement will be made at a customer event hosted at the Austin City Limits stage which can be viewed via live video stream at www.rackspacecloudevent.com. “Cloud computing offers tremendous benefits to our customers that complement our traditional managed hosting services,” said Lanham Napier, CEO, Rackspace Hosting. “Being a leader in hosting means being a leader in the cloud. Today, we made clear o... (more)

Rackspace Survey Reveals that Small Businesses are Missing Out on Cloud Hosting Benefits

While small businesses lack awareness of cloud hosting, medium-sized businesses appear prepared to reap the benefits of cloud hosting, as revealed in a recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne for Rackspace® Hosting, (NYSE: RAX), a leader and specialist in hosting. More than half of the mid-sized businesses surveyed are aware of cloud hosting with 57 percent of medium businesses in the US and 53 percent of medium businesses in the UK responding as such. However, as compared to their medium-sized counterparts, the survey indicates that small businesses may be more confused about current cloud hosting technology and services, and less certain of how to utilize the cloud in the future. With over two-thirds of small businesses in the US and UK unaware of cloud hosting, this business segment appears poised to miss out on a revolutionary opportunity, that can be of grea... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Clouds Have Layers

For those of you getting into the Cloud Computing world, the established hierarchy of the cloud these days is as follows: SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service provider) in the 1990’s.  The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s CRM/SFA application suite.  In fact, any application delivered over the internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s hosted payroll services, QuickBooks online, and tens of thousands of applications from thousands of vendors. PaaS is a relatively new phenomenon, popularized again by Salesforce.com when they opened up their platform through their force.com offerings.  This allows you to use their underlying data models and constructs to write your own applications which they host. Finally, and most excitingly, Amazon with their AWS offerings has created this new category of virtuali... (more)

Rackspace Announces Full Suite of Cloud Hosting Offers

Rackspace Hosting has unveiled its cloud hosting strategy which extends the company's technology and service leadership to cloud hosting. In support of its new cloud hosting strategy, the company announced it has agreed to acquire Slicehost and Jungle Disk, and has established relationships with Limelight Networks and Sonian Networks to provide more robust service offerings. Rackspace's acquisition of two innovators in the cloud community, Slicehost and Jungle Disk, bring proven solutions to the suite including on-demand, virtualized servers and online storage software and services, respectively. Slicehost is a proider of Xen-based virtual machine hosting with more than 15,000 "slices" online today. Jungle Disk offers cloud storage solutions that allow users to share an unlimited amount of cloud storage between multiple users through a secure, mountable network dri... (more)

Rackspace Upgrades Cloud Computing Product

Web hosting company, Rackspace Managed Hosting's Mosso cloud division, has developed a new control panel including a new provisioning system for its flagship product, The Hosting Cloud. The combined enhancements create a platform for Mosso to increase cloud service capabilities and scalability. The new Mosso Control Panel simplifies and speeds management of the applications, websites, databases and email accounts a customer has deployed across The Hosting Cloud. Developed in-house, the Mosso control panel gives users the familiar look and feel of a modern desktop application, including fast interaction, real-time messages, and contextual feedback. Lew Moorman, Senior VP of Corporate Strategy at Rackspace noted, ''Plugging proprietary and third party cloud services into the new platform will be relatively easy. The platform was designed with that in mind so that our ... (more)

Lew Moorman, President of Rackspace Cloud, talks about customers, interoperability and more

Rackspace has been in the mainstream hosting business for over a decade, and was amongst early entrants into the utility computing market with the launch of Mosso back in 2006. Now rebranded as The Rackspace Cloud, the company’s Cloud Computing offering is one of the most widely used in the industry, probably sitting in second place close behind Amazon. Lew Moorman is President of Rackspace’s Cloud Division, and I recently spoke with him to hear more about the company’s plans, and their understanding of the way in which the Cloud is increasingly being adopted by mainstream businesses. The resulting conversation has just been released as a podcast. We also explored the changing nature of the Cloud Computing industry itself, discussing the likelihood that the number of providers will shrink, and addressing calls for market leaders such as Rackspace and Amazon to enabl... (more)

TweetPhoto Puts The Rackspace Cloud Into The Picture

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leader in hosting, today announced that TweetPhoto has chosen Cloud Sites™ and Cloud Files™ from Mosso | The Rackspace Cloud to support their innovative new social media photo sharing site. TweetPhoto, which has announced that they are launching in Beta today, is expected to bring a new level of functionality and bandwidth-intensive features to photo sharing while addressing the performance challenges experienced with other photo sharing services. As with other social media services and the viral nature of online photos, TweetPhoto is expected to experience unpredictable and massive swings in traffic patterns – making the Mosso | The Rackspace Cloud approach to providing worry-free scaling and unlimited storage an attractive solution. “The photo sharing experience on Twitter and Facebook is begging for a transformation. Tw... (more)

Rackspace Hosting Holds Webcast to Discuss the Cloud Computing and What's Next

Rackspace Hosting and its cloud hosting division, Mosso, will hold a customer event and live webcast including Q&A entitled ‘Live and Unplugged: A Conversation with Rackspace Cloud Hosting and What's Coming.' The webcast and event will offer attendees the opportunity to hear corporate and product announcements from the company's managed and cloud hosting businesses about the future of the hosting cloud. Rackspace Cloud Hosting solutions are creating competitive advantages for companies and developers. For Webcast log in information please visit www.rackspacecloudevent.com. ... (more)