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Rackspace, KPMG, Royal Mail announce big data summer school

Rackspace is giving 85 postdoc students training in and exposure to big data technology platforms as used in businesses today

Hosting and cloud services provider Rackspace announced the launch of Science to Data Science (S2DS), a summer school for PhD students aimed at training them for jobs using big data technologies.

Rackspace continues bid to differentiate on service

Rackspace hopes its emphasis on services and a focus on the developer will help it rise above its rivals

Rackspace has announced improved SLAs for its cloud services and a new developer programme to couple its existing service organisation, another sign the company is keen to beat large incumbents and midsize cloud providers by competing on the service piece, and refocusing on developers.

Rackspace announces bare metal cloud based on OpenStack Project Ironic

Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology, international at Rackspace

Rackspace announced the launch of OnMetal Thursday, a single-tenant infrastructure as a service that can tap into the full range of APIs available in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company’s vice president of technology and product, international Nigel Beighton told Business Cloud News that the service represents a “step change” for the cloud industry because it breaks dependence on virtualisation and alters how the industry thinks of “the cloud.”

Rackspace adds high performance Intel servers to cloud platform

Rackspace says the new servers will deliver nearly three times the performance of its current kit

Hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace announced Tuesday that it has begun rolling out high performance cloud servers to support heavier workloads. The company says the new installations will cater to growing demand for high input / output (I/O) services running in the cloud, bringing near bare-metal levels of speed to virtualised applications.

Cloud requires a datacentre revolution open source can deliver, says Rackspace VP

Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology, Rackspace

Interoperability in the cloud is something most vendors talk about and all enterprises desire, but achieving the goal of large, scalable, interoperable clouds will require a revolution in the datacentre. This is not happening fast enough for Nigel Beighton, vice president of technology at Rackspace. But as the open source philosophy begins to take hold in the development not just of software but of physical datacentre assets, that revolution might not be too far off.