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Top Tech Talent Flock to The Rackspace Cloud

These executive new hires will support The Rackspace Cloud division which offers the company’s popular cloud services

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The Rackspace Cloud, the cloud computing division of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), today announced that six new key personnel have joined the company to spearhead strategic technology efforts aimed to position the company for continued growth and technology leadership. The new “Rackers” (as employees are called at Rackspace) bring significant product development experience from Microsoft, Yahoo, and Canonical where they held leadership roles in high growth phases in their companies, driving the development of Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Media, and the fastest growing Linux operating system, Ubuntu.

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”We’re very proud that Rackspace’s reputation for innovation, opportunity and growth are attracting top technical and business talent from industry players that have been there, and done that,” said Emil Sayegh, general manager, The Rackspace Cloud. “We’re continuing investment to deepen our leadership product development bench to support our growth while expanding, and scaling our services.”

These executive new hires will support The Rackspace Cloud division which offers the company’s popular cloud services – Cloud Servers, Cloud Sites and Cloud Files – and the ecosystem of tools, applications and services created on The Rackspace Cloud and cataloged at tools.rackspacecloud.com. Rackspace, known for its great culture, is ranked 43 on FORTUNE’S® 12th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This is the second consecutive year that Rackspace has appeared on the list.

The new team members include:

  • Harper Reed, Nepholologist, The Rackspace Cloud, a legendary “geek” in the technology space and a longtime Rackspace customer as former CTO of skinnyCorp/Threadless, brings deep expertise in scaling massive infrastructure and supporting customers. Harper, known for his passion for technology and customers, joined The Rackspace Cloud to “work with some of the best technologists in the business and lots of servers.”
  • John Purrier, Director of Software Development, The Rackspace Cloud, will lead Cloud Files and Cloud Sites development, and help the company’s Microsoft technology footprint in general. He will manage development efforts for new cloud solutions at Rackspace. A Microsoft veteran, John formerly led the Microsoft Exchange development team. Prior to Microsoft, he served as CEO of Junqbox and Product Information Network and CTO of Global Market Insite. John joined The Rackspace Cloud because “he wants to define and build the next generation systems that will fundamentally change how computing is done in the future.”
  • Mark Collier, Vice President of Business Development, Rackspace Hosting, was formerly a senior executive with the Yahoo! Media division and managed the strategic partnerships for Yahoo! Music. Mark will lead Rackspace’s efforts to develop new partnerships for cloud, email and applications and managed hosting. Mark joined Rackspace to “let my inner geek sing -- playing with cloud computing all day.”
  • Michael Foster, Head of Cloud Engineering, The Rackspace Cloud, led major data center automation projects at Microsoft and held technical positions with many start-ups. He will oversee the company’s Technical Operations, DC Engineering, and Automation projects allowing The Rackspace Cloud to scale seamlessly. Michael joined The Rackspace Cloud because “I love to geek out on data centers in general, and I love large scale automation (and because I can enjoy Texas BBQ again!).”
  • Nick Longo, Chief Rainmaker, The Rackspace Cloud, is a successful serial entrepreneur who founded CoffeeCup Software, an award-winning website design software company who had amazing customer loyalty. He brings years of start-up experience and innovation to his new role directing web marketing, and community centered activities. Nick joined The Rackspace Cloud because “I wanted to work with the smartest people in the world to do something great, and the transition made perfect sense given the SaaS Cloud will overtake all downloadable software very soon!”
  • Rick Clark, Cloud Servers and Slicehost Development Leader, The Rackspace Cloud, was formerly Engineering Manager at Canonical, the company that produces the popular open-source Linux distribution, Ubuntu. While at Canonical, Rick managed Ubuntu Server, cloud/virtualization, and security. He will guide ongoing development for Rackspace's IaaS offerings, specifically Cloud Servers and SliceHost, and advance the company’s open cloud philosophy. Rick joined The Rackspace Cloud “for the culture, and to work with the best technical minds to develop technologies that solve deep customer problems in new and creative ways.”

The Rackspace Cloud is always looking for top talent, even in a tough economy. Visit www.rackspacecloud.com/aboutus/jobs to inquire about current job openings.

The 4th International Cloud Computing Expo is co-located at the Santa Clara Convention Center with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo.

Sponsors and Exhibitors:
Early sponsors and exhibitors of the upcoming 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo include:

Oracle
(www.oracle.com / platinum sponsor)
Unisys
(www.unisys.com / platinum sponsor)
Yahoo!
(www.yahoo.com / platinum sponsor)
Adaptivity
(www.adaptivity.com / gold sponsor)
Bycast
(www.bycast.com / gold sponsor)
EMC
(www.emc.com / gold sponsor)
Sybase
(www.sybase.com / gold sponsor)
3Tera
(www.3tera.com / silver sponsor)
Akamai
(www.akamai.com / silver sponsor)
Rackspace Cloud
(www.rackspacecloud.com / silver sponsor)
CloudTest SOASTA
(www.soasta.com / silver sponsor)
StoneWare
(www.stone-ware.com / silver sponsor)
ExactTarget
(www.exacttarget.com / bronze sponsor)
New Relic
(www.newrelic.com / bronze sponsor)
ParaScale
(www.parascale.com / bronze sponsor)
The Planet
(www.theplanet.com /bronze sponsor)
RightScale
(www.rightscale.com / bronze sponsor)
Vizioncore
(www.vizioncore.com / bronze sponsor)
CloudSwitch
(www.cloudswitch.com / bronze sponsor)
Tranzition
(www.tranxition.com / bronze sponsor)
Altor Networks
(www.altornetworks.com / exhibitor)
LSI
(www.lsi.com / exhibitor)
M/Gateway
(www.mgateway.com/ewd.htm / exhibitor)
Zetta
(www.zetta.net / exhibitor)

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be obtained from Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, by phone 201 802 3021.

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Keynote & Breakout Session Speakers at the combined event at the Santa Clara Convention Center include:

DAY ONE KEYNOTE - November 2, 2009
The Time is Right for Enterprise Cloud Computing
by Richard Marcello, President of Systems & Technology, Unisys

Up to now you may have been reluctant to move your Enterprise application workloads to the cloud, fearing a lack of security in the cloud, compliance issues such as data location regulations and having to rewrite your applications. During his keynote, Rich Marcello will discuss the latest technologies and approaches that help knock down these barriers, creating the opportunity for attendees to now consider cloud managed services as part of their data center journey to secure "IT as a Service".

DAY TWO KEYNOTE: November 3, 2009
Cloud Computing Services at the Scale of the Internet
by Shelton Shugar, SVP Cloud Computing at Yahoo!

Yahoo! Cloud Services store and deliver web content, personalize content for consumers, optimize Ad selection and placement, improve search results, provide scalable virtual computing environments, and process and store enormous amounts of data to improve consumer experiences and drive innovation. This keynote will elaborate on how Yahoo! and consumers benefit from the Yahoo! Cloud Services that are in production today supporting web-serving properties and data processing environments.

DAY THREE KEYNOTE: November 4, 2009
Cloud Computing: Separating Hype from Reality
by Richard Sarwal, SVP of Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager

Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of cloud computing - pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability tegration, compliance, lock-in, and long term costs of public clouds. Private clouds for the exclusive use of one enterprise can mitigate these concerns by giving the enterprise greater control. This keynote will explore how enterprises are likely to adopt public and private cloud computing, building on a foundation of virtualization infrastructure and management systems

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