Posts tagged ‘Managed Cloud’ A Geekdom Startup That Simplifies Server Management

September 11, 2014 8:00 am


DropBox simplified online storage. GitHub simplified revision control. And, member of the Rackspace Startup Program, is looking to simplify server management.

Using the Rackspace Managed Cloud, offers its customers a simpler way to manage servers online by making it easy to execute commands on groups of servers from a beautiful web interface. The mantra inside is simplicity. empowers everybody in a company to interact with servers via an easy to use web interface; including less technical employees such as support and marketing.

“Others in the DevOps space are focused on ever increasing complexity and command line systems,” explains Justin Keller, founder of “Our approach is a beautiful web interface with no external dependencies (agents). ?”

Keller says that other solutions in the space often have a steep learning curve.

“Going with Chef or Puppet require a large time investment, and companies have to send developers off to Chef School for two weeks to learn their systems,” he says. “We don’t ask our users to go to school. They can sign up and start managing servers instantly with their existing stack and scripts.”

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The genesis for came from solving a pain point at Keller’s previous startup, NodeSocket, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) for hosting node.js applications.

“ was the pivot for NodeSocket. We now have thousands of accounts created in over 80 different countries, and, by the end of 2014 our goal is to be profitable.” notes Keller.

With the poised for growth, the team takes up headquarters inside Rackspace’s Geekdom San Francisco, a collaborative workspace bringing great people together south of Market Street.

“We really enjoy the relationships with other companies in the space, since they all tend to focus on developer tools or infrastructure,” says Keller. “The office space is also conveniently located in SOMA, and offers great amenities. Finally, they host great events usually a few times a week, from Docker, to tech talks, to investor pitches.”

The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help use the Rackspace Managed Cloud to simplify server management. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

Rackspace::Solve New York: How CloudMine Solves For High Mobile Performance In Regulated Environments

September 9, 2014 2:00 pm

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Mobility adds an interesting new wrinkle to the management of sensitive data, especially in highly regulated industries like healthcare. Mobility makes data portable and enables that data to travel anywhere at any time, which means ensuring the security of data accessed from mobile devices is paramount to all mobile initiatives.

At CloudMine, we provide an enterprise-grade mobile gateway that ensures the app you build will keep sensitive data behind the firewall when it needs to be kept there, and is available for consumption from mobile devices in a secure and mobile-optimized manner. Our software sits between large enterprise systems like Oracle DB and SAP and bridges that data securely to mobile devices over the public Internet. That’s increasingly important in the mobile health arena, where wireless devices are used to manage health conditions, collect health data, monitor vital signs, provide clinical decision support and access personal health information.


Mobile health data is all around us. It’s on consumer medical devices, FDA approved medial devices, apps on our smartphones and in electronic health records. Think about it: FitBit, Healthbook, MyChart, VitalScore, iHealth BP and VSee all touch mobile health information. With all these mobile initiatives comes the challenge of data security and compliance, including regulations like HIPAA and HITECH.

The CloudMine platform enables our customers in healthcare and related fields to easily develop apps that comply with strict regulations regarding personally identifiable information (PII) and electronic protected health information (ePHI). Our customers can use our suite of web services, mobile and web SDKs, and dataset integration technology to quickly and cost-efficiently build, deploy, maintain and secure applications.

We rely on the Rackspace Managed Cloud to help us design the optimal architecture for our software – it’s like having our own at scale DevOps and engineering team to do the hard work for us. The cloud alone isn’t secure enough for what we do, so we rely on a hybrid cloud deployment – a mix of bare metal dedicated servers and the cloud.

Together with Rackspace, we solve the challenges of mobility and secure data exchange for our customers.

Want to hear more about how CloudMine solves for high mobile performance in regulated environments? Marc Weil, CTO of CloudMine will present at Rackspace::Solve New York, a one-day summit where you’ll hear directly from companies like CloudMine about how they’re solving tough challenges in their businesses. Rackspace::Solve New York is Thursday, September 18 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Register now for Rackspace::Solve New York.

And stay tuned for details of the next Rackspace::Solve event in Chicago.

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Expanding Our Partner Network With A Master Agent Program

September 8, 2014 9:00 am


This year, we’ve doubled down on helping our partners harness the power of the Managed Cloud and Fanatical Support for their clients. We have worked to empower our partners to offer their customers Rackspace’s superior cloud infrastructure and our suite of managed services that eliminate the need for their end customers to worry about the resources and management required to do it themselves.

As part of our continued effort to better serve our partners, we’re expanding our Rackspace Partner Network to include a new Master Agent/Agent Program, a program through which a new segment of partners can offer Rackspace Managed Cloud and award-winning Fanatical Support to their end customers.

Master Agents and Agents have historically been a key channel for reselling of traditional telco services like telephony and connectivity. As the industry evolves to embrace the cloud, these same Master Agents and Agents have proven to be fast adopters of cloud technologies with clients that are seeking out options to transform their businesses to the cloud. Through this new partner program, Rackspace will provide the highest level of support to ensure that an agent’s clients enjoy a smooth cloud implementation and support experience, which ultimately will enable agents to focus on building their business and engaging with clients.

Partners that join the Master Agent/Agent Program will have the opportunity to leverage a number of incentives, including market competitive compensation, pre- and post-sale resources, training and sales enablement and more.

We’re here to help you bring your clients into the Managed Cloud era and offer them the high-touch support they crave.

For more information on the new Rackspace Master Agent/Agent Program, email us at

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Flickflyer: A Marketplace Video Platform Built On Rackspace Managed Cloud

September 4, 2014 8:00 am


Flickflyer is a marketplace application built on the premise that video just sells better. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, allows users to easily create and post video advertisements for items they’re selling using their smartphone’s camera. The addition of moving pictures and sound creates a more engaging experience and makes ecommerce more human. As Flickflyer puts it, the startup provides a video platform for buying and selling when photos just aren’t enough.


“It was born out of frustration from buying used goods online and sometimes pictures and words weren’t just enough, in two places simultaneously, believe it or not,” explains Bin Tan, CEO of Flickflyer. “I was in Manila and trying to make an online purchase of a vintage camera, but was too scared to buy it because the photos didn’t look like much. My co-founder [Paiman Vahdati, CMO at Flickflyer] was in San Jose trying to sell stuff he had in the garage to make some money, but it was just too difficult. A mutual friend thought we should meet and – BAM! – it was as if he and I were thinking of the same thing!”

Flickflyer was created to help users buy and sell their goods easier using video. The founders felt it had so much power helping buyers and sellers connect.

With the idea cemented, the Flickflyer team built the video platform from scratch on the Rackspace Managed Cloud and as part of the Rackspace Startup Program.

“Rackspace became an integral part of Flickflyer, especially in that we’re a startup,” Tan says. “Because our platform was focused on video, so even though our videos are saved on YouTube, we do a lot of image and video processing at the backend. We needed the capabilities of the cloud to easily scale up our requirements. Setting up was really fast and working through the different tools available for us was also easy. The Rackspace Startup Program was a monumental help for us!”

Now that Flickflyer doesn’t have to worry about its infrastructure, the team can focus on growing the business.

“Between now and 2015, Flickflyer will be very busy partnering with different small businesses and partners giving them the opportunity to post their stuff online with video,” concludes Tan. “It has given users the ability show both their creativity and their goods easily to their potential market. We’ve currently been able to partner with people from all over including people in Chile, the Philippines and the United States as we progress our platform even further.”

The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help Flickflyer develop its marketplace app for buying and selling items using video advertisements. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

3 Enterprises Growing In A Cloudy World

August 4, 2014 8:00 pm


For mature enterprises, the cloud represents a way to get out from under the constraints of traditional IT. Unlike businesses born in the cloud, the existing systems and business processes in these organizations present unique challenges to cloud adoption. The company examples below offer three different stories of traditional IT teams growing into the cloud with measurable success.

Revlon: Unexpected Benefits in the Cloud

Simplicity was the theme behind Revlon’s cloud transformation. The iconic cosmetics company needed to consolidate operations to reduce latency between global offices, located on every continent except Antarctica.

It built and deployed its own private cloud. The implementation allowed Revlon to reduce hardware consumption from one physical to one virtual server to one physical server to 35 virtual servers. Today, Revlon handles 14,000 transactions per second, 15 automated application moves each month and a weekly backups up to 40TB.

And the cloud deployment came with unintended benefits according David Giambruno, Revlon CIO in a podcast interview, “As we put everything on our cloud, we realized that all of our data sits in one place now. So when you think of big data management, we’ve been able to solve the problem by classifying all the unstructured data in Revlon. We have the ability to look at all of our data, a couple of petabytes, in the same place….So when we’re trying to query the data, we already know where it is and what it does in its relationships, instead of trying to mine through unstructured data and make reasoning out of it.”

The cloud move for Revlon took years to accomplish and required a complete restructuring of IT that resulted in “taking the infrastructure out of the way so we can focus on what people want to do faster, cheaper, better,” says Giambruno. As a result Revlon has seen a 420 percent increase in project throughput without adding additional cost.

Alex & Ani: Massive Scale with a Small Team

In 2004, Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and CEO of Alex & Ani took her experience working with her 40-plus year-old family jewelry business to launch her line of unique jewelry creations. The business features patented, expandable wire bangles adorned with meaningful charms.

Over the last decade, it’s expanded from a single store into a multichannel retailer, growing profits from $4.5 million to $230 million between 2010 and 2013. To support its hyper-growth, it needed flexible infrastructure to support rapidly scaling. But Alex & Ani wanted to focus on its retail operation, not turn into technology company. By selecting a provider-managed cloud, the company has managed spikes, supported a Magento platform and run complex data analytics – all without making massive investments in staff and hardware.

It chose a combination of dedicated servers and Rackspace Cloud Servers to mitigate hardware investments and have a single service provider for the technical guidance and under-the-hood maintenance needed to make it all work. Unlike Revlon, Alex & Ani didn’t have to worry about the infrastructure tweaks and staffing requirements needed to get up and running.

“Rackspace integrates and has dedicated teams for the best-of-breed partners that we work with, from Magento and eBay to Adobe and Akamai. Not only that, but they have subject matter experts for those particular tools. Often times we found that individual Rackspace employees had even worked at those companies in the past, which is exciting, because it means they know how the tools work—they know what it’s like under the hood and can advise us appropriately,” says Ryan Bonifacino Vice President of Digital Strategy, Alex and Ani.

Jordan Lawrence

Jordan Lawrence, a 25-year-old records management firm, used a similar approach to transition to the cloud one project at a time. Initially, Jordan Lawrence used the Rackspace Managed Cloud for testing on a secure FTP site, synchronizing customer data and email lists with a proprietary policy distribution application. That success led to the implementation of additional cloud services.

“After getting comfortable with Rackspace, we moved our internal email services to Rackspace Email and Hosted Exchange. Having these services completely hosted and managed by Rackspace allows our technical resources to concentrate on our core businesses,” says Marty Hansen, Executive VP of Technology with Jordan Lawrence.

After that successful move, Jordan Lawrence added Managed Virtualization. As a result, “We are able to host our SaaS services in an environment that is secure enough to pass information security audits from even our most stringent Fortune 100 and Financial Service customers, and meets SSAE16 standards,” shares Hansen.

With all of the cloud triumphs under its belt, Jordan Lawrence is ready to expand into more areas. Hansen says, “We see a complete solution in which Jordan Lawrence develops retention rules for SharePoint, while Rackspace implements and hosts the SharePoint environment for our customers.”


What does your cloud journey look like? From enterprises to small businesses, no two paths are the same and no business has to go it alone. With Managed Cloud services, businesses can get the guidance and tech resources needed to move away from cumbersome legacy systems and start innovating on the cloud.