Rackspace’s future has been in question since CEO Lanham Napier stepped down in February of 2014. While Rackspace is a profitable company, it must be feeling the squeeze from larger players like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. Amazon and Google in particular have slashed prices for their Platform as a Service (PaaS) products, leaving Rackspace struggling to compete. About a month ago, Rackspace’s shares plunged 25% in one day due to a disappointing earnings report with a tepid next-quarter outlook; its stock has lost more than half its value since January.
Docker is one of those technologies that, without any great fuss and without anyone noticing, is now everywhere. My experience with Docker is fairly recent and fairly limited, but like many people, I had enough knowledge of it that when something complex came up in a project, I thought about Docker, went and investigated it, and came to the conclusion that it would solve that problem. I wouldn’t call Docker a “Swiss Army Knife”—it has so many more uses than that.
I recently spent a fruitless afternoon on the public PaaS version of Cloud Foundry. In this post, I document an equally fruitless afternoon spent on Red Hat’s OpenShift. It think it is fair to say that OpenShift has some advantages over Cloud Foundry for public PaaS. OpenShift feels more comfortable, its integration of a build server introduces a lot of flexibility into its deployment, it makes it easier to know what is going on, and it seems to have more documentation and more discussion on the forums. However, once you veer away from the standard use case, it doesn’t work terribly well. Ultimately, I failed to get it to do what I wanted, but maybe it was just too hard.
Red Hat has released a 2.0 version of OpenShift, its on-premises (private) PaaS. OpenShift seems to build on real customer experience to address a range of issues that come up in real deployments, providing an out-of-the-box solution that is likely to appeal to enterprises seeking to offer a consistent development/deployment option to reduce complexity and cost.
It has been around a decade since Dell and Red Hat’s collaboration, when they helped launch Red Hat Linux into the mainstream. Now, they have gotten back together to collaborate on an enterprise-grade version of OpenStack, based on the Havana version. This announcement recently followed another announcement from Red Hat that they would be bundling OpenStack with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5. Continue reading Dell and Red Hat Collaboration, Part 2
A couple of years ago we did two “secret shopper” posts about our fairly good experience using Red Hat OpenShift and our fairly dismal experience using CloudFoundry – then a VMware technology. CloudFoundry is now in the portfolio of a new company known as Pivotal, which has just launched a Version 2 of CloudFoundry.com. Red Hat has just launched a new version of OpenShift with private PaaS support, and we are re-visiting both offerings with a view to understanding how to adopt them, using an application we are developing for various other purposes. Continue reading PaaS Secret Shopper 2 – The Application Lifecycle