If Rackspace Keeps This Up They Will Dominate

In March we announced our move of CTOvision.com to a new Rackspace Cloud Site capability. After testing we also moved CTOlabs.com and, CrucialPointLLC.com there, and things were so easy/fast/enjoyable we later established DoDIIStech.com there. Using Rackspace gave us must faster performance and many other features. Lately things started to go wrong, however. I started getting error […]

Hadoop Quickstart: Build a Cluster In The Cloud In 20 Minutes Or Less

Editor’s note: The tips Bryan Halfpap provides below really work. I stood up a working Hadoop Cluster in under 20 minutes, from cold iron to production ready, using just his guidance and a Rackspace account. bg   I’ve been working with Apache Hadoop in my lab, spending much of that with CDH3 (the Cloudera Distribution including […]

Quickstart Guide: Stand up your cloud-based servers with Rackspace

Rackspace is a growing cloud computing capability provider that differentiates themselves by what they call “Fanatical Support.”  We try not to dwell too long on the marketing slogans of firms but have first-hand experience with Rackspace and can tell you their support is really really different. It must be the culture, but every support experience has left […]

Hadoop Quickstart: Use Whirr to automate standup of your distributed cluster on Rackspace

We have previously provided a Quickstart guide to standing up Rackspace cloud servers (and have one for Amazon servers as well). These are very low cost ways of building reliable, production ready capabilities for enterprise use (commercial and government).  And Bryan Halfpap has provided a Quickstart guide which shows you how to build a Hadoop Cluster […]

Hadoop Quickstart: Use Whirr to automate standup of your distributed cluster on Rackspace

We have previously provided a Quickstart guide to standing up Rackspace cloud servers (and have one for Amazon servers as well). These are very low cost ways of building reliable, production ready capabilities for enterprise use (commercial and government). And Bryan Halfpap has provided a Quickstart guide which shows you how to build a Hadoop […]

Google Apps Assassinated My Domain – BEWARE!

I’ve been a long-time user of Google Apps and have recommended it to dozens of colleagues and associates. I currently use both the Standard (free) and Enterprise (paid) version of apps for several very high profile and long-standing domains. I’ve always considered it to be a reliable and cost-effective option for providing core email, calendar, […]