Rackspace Hosting Announces New CloudU Program and Webinar Series

Free classes on cloud computing technology and business benefits

Rackspace Hosting, a leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry today announced its new CloudU Program and webinar series.

CloudU is a cloud computing curriculum designed for technologists and non-technical users alike. The program’s goal is to build widespread knowledge about the cloud revolution and encourage discussion about the cloud’s benefits for businesses of all sizes.

Panelists for the first webinar, Revolution Not Evolution: How Cloud Computing Differs from Traditional IT and Why it Matters, will include John Engates, CTO, Rackspace, Ben Kepes, cloud computing analyst, Diversity Limited and Charles Babcock, editor-at-large, InformationWeek.

Three-hundred people who register to receive more information about CloudU will receive a free copy of Charlie’s book, “Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution: How Cloud Computing Is Transforming Business and Why You Can’t Afford to Be Left Behind.”*

Other monthly whitepapers and webinar topics will include:

  • Cloudonomics: The Economics of Cloud Computing
  • Understanding the Cloud Stack: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
  • Say Goodbye to DIY Data Centers: An Infrastructure-as-a-Service Intensive
  • Elephant in the Room: Cloud Security and What Vendors and Customers Need To Do To Stay Secure
  • Planning a Move to the Cloud: Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls
  • Running a Business on the Cloud: Management Strategies for the New IT
  • Creative Configurations: Mixing and Matching Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds for Maximum benefits
  • Does Data Want to be Free? Exploring Issues in the Open Cloud from Vendor Lock-in to Open Standards
  • You Want to Put My Database Where?: Determining the Right Fit Between Your Technology and Cloud, and When It Makes Sense to Stay In-House
  • iTunes meets Big Business: The Rise of Software-as-a-Service Marketplaces and How to Leverage Them for Your Business
  • A Future in the Clouds?: Predicting the Landscape in 3 Years’ Time


The first webinar, Revolution Not Evolution: How Cloud Computing Differs from Traditional IT and Why it Matters, will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.


To register please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=3vyxz5rtl24m

For more information on CloudU and a full schedule of upcoming whitepapers and webinars, please visit: www.rackspacecloud.com/cloudU.

* For more information how you can receive a free copy of the book visit http://www.rackspacecloud.com/blog/2011/01/24/cloudu-first-webinar-and-whitepaper/

For more information about Rackspace and the company’s suite of products, visit: www.rackspace.com.

Webinar Series: Build Your Own Cloud with VMware vCloud Director

UK VMware hosting experts StratoGen have announced a series of free Webinar sessions where attendees will be amongst the first to preview VMware vCloud Director in a Public Cloud environment.

vCloud Director enables organisations to build their own virtual datacentre using the infrastructure of the StratoGen VMware hosting platform. Customers can easily deploy the processor, RAM and SAN storage for their applications using a simple web portal. For more complex requirements vCloud director allows clients to build internal networks, VPNs and other network resources with ease.

David Elliott, Technical Director said “vCloud director takes cloud hosting to a new level by empowering organisations to create exactly the virtual data centre they need. By then offering a full suite of tools to create virtual machines, networks and firewalls with a single click, this new platform looks set to revolutionise the market”

The twice weekly webinar sessions will be hosted by StratoGen managing director Karl Robinson (one of CloudHosting.co.uk’s contributing authors), and run throughout December. Organisations can learn how to:

  • Create & secure public cloud networks
  • Deploy & manage cloud servers
  • Turn capex into opex by leveraging StratoGen’s platform

The Webinar Agenda will cover:

  • StratoGen VMware Platform Overview
  • vCloud Director Introduction
  • vCloud Director live demonstration
  • Commercial Model
  • Reseller opportunity
  • Questions

Dates and times for the webinar are:

  • Wednesday, 8 December at 4.00pm (GMT)
  • Thursday, 9 December at 10.00am (GMT)
  • Wednesday, 15 December at 4.00pm (GMT)
  • Thursday, 16 December at 10.00am (GMT)

Space is limited and anyone wishing to attend is advised to reserve their webinar seat now at: http://www.stratogen.net/products/vcdwebinar.html

StratoGen is a leading VMware hosting company offering a range of VMware hosting products with a 100% uptime service level agreement.

StratoGen have invested significant capital into building out a true enterprise class infrastructure that offers clients real business benefits whilst reducing their costs. High uptime, high throughput websites and online applications require resilient & scalable hosting solutions and this is where StratoGen is a market leader.

Further information on StratoGen VMware hosting can be found at http://www.stratogen.net/products/vmware-hosting.html

Nasuni to Host Webinar on Public Vs Private Clouds

Nasuni, creator of the storage industry’s leading cloud gateway, will host a live webinar on the advantages of public and private clouds to help IT decide which one best fits their needs.

During this 1-hour webinar Nasuni CEO, Andres Rodriguez, will define the five key attributes of the cloud and describe the differences between public and private clouds.


A one-hour live webinar, Public or Private – Which Cloud is Right for You? by Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez provides an overview of the cloud and lays out the main attributes of public versus private cloud.

Join Nasuni and learn how the benefits and risks of each option can impact your organization’s cloud adoption strategy.

For questions about the webinar, please check the Frequently Asked Questions


Thursday, November 4, 2010
3:00 pm EDT (Check Local Time)



Nasuni was founded in 2009 by storage veterans to deliver a secure gateway to cloud storage that makes the cloud feasible for business users. The Nasuni Filer is a virtual NAS file server that runs on VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V and leverages the resources of the cloud to simplify file storage and protection. Targeting the mid-market, Nasuni’s solution eliminates the need for incremental storage hardware and the resulting capital expense to manage unstructured file growth. The company is backed by North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners. To download the Nasuni Filer, or for more information, visit www.nasuni.com.

Rackspace Content Delivery Network Webinar

If you missed the Rackspace Cloud Files’ Content Delivery Network (CDN) webinar from a few weeks ago, the link below takes you to a recording to view online.

In this webinar, Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director of Cloud Strategy, Limelight Networks, and Megan Wohlford, Product Manager for Rackspace Cloud Files, take a look at both the storage market as a whole and individual Rackspace customers to show how CDNs can be used to bring data to companies with modern needs.

The webinar compares Cloud Files and Limelight speeds to others in the market, as well as highlighting some of the main events that Limelight has supported.

To view the webinar, click here.

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