What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

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Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

1.      Support

The most common cloud services complaint is the lack of support and management that comes when businesses are embarking on any level of cloud...

After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you

By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace

Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.

To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is...

3 Reasons Hosting Impacts the UX of Your eCommerce Site

User experience (UX) can make or break an ecommerce site’s success. User interface drives customer experience, so if a customer gets confused by a poor design, you have effectively sent a message to your customer that coming back to you will be a bad experience. 

For that reason, webmasters should always hold UX to a high standard when designing and deploying code. High-end, sleek UX designs need a good backbone, and that’s where hosting comes into play. With good...

For the enterprise cloud, the future is hybrid

Attention CIOs – the hybrid cloud is enterprise ready. In fact, according to a GigaOM article, the hybrid cloud has been enterprise ready for the past couple of years, and that in 2011, the majority of participants in a cloud-use survey anticipated moving to the hybrid cloud in the future.

The future is here.

To prove that enterprise is using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, consider this. According to a Rackspace blog post, more than 50 percent of cloud buyers are...

For the Enterprise Cloud, the Future is Hybrid

Attention CIOs – the hybrid cloud is enterprise ready. In fact, according to a GigaOM article, the hybrid cloud has been enterprise ready for the past couple of years, and that in 2011, the majority of participants in a cloud-use survey anticipated moving to the hybrid cloud in the future.

The future is here.

To prove that enterprise is using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, consider this. According to a Rackspace blog post, more than 50 percent of cloud buyers are...

The case for block-level cloud storage

Before block storage in the cloud, when businesses needed to provision large amounts of storage – for server data, for example – they’d need to requisition and pay for huge server instances, even if the capacity and compute power far exceeded their needs. 

Organizations now buy storage in "blocks" to exactly fit their needs, regardless of the size of their cloud server. The old way, when after you bought a server you would need to upgrade the entire...

Searching, Seek and Deploy: Deployment as a Cloud Consideration

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for cloud service provider Rackspace Hosting.

As an enterprise company, it’s important to make sure your needs don’t outgrow your cloud provider’s capabilities. And there are a lot of other advantages of having flexibility with a cloud provider. A custom hybrid solution gives you the ability to own your own hardware...

The growth of cloud block storage: Building blocks in the cloud

The Growth of Cloud Block Storage: Building Blocks in the Cloud

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Cloud block storage is a new way of thinking about how you store files and organise content. It allows you to abstract your infrastructure away from the implementation details specifying what hardware and operating system you need to manage to host the files...

Open cloud: Creating new opportunities for enterprise storage

An open cloud must have freely accessible, open application programming interfaces (APIs), the freedom to move data between providers at will and no on-site hardware requirement, according to Alex Williams writing at TechCrunch. 

And an open cloud is federated, meaning that your organization can move data, images and files across multiple cloud environments at will.

These factors make the cloud a perfect platform for storage solutions, especially open-source storage...

Need terabytes of cloud storage? No problem…

By Sue Poremba

Sue Poremba is a freelance writer focusing primarily on security and technology issues and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

The term “big data” may be a bit of a misnomer. For some companies, big data is actually huge data. Even small companies now find themselves immersed in massive amounts of data of all sorts, which leads to the problem of storing all of it.

Enter the big data cloud storage solutions, which allow companies...