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Rackspace and Intel Open the OpenStack Innovation Center

Rackspace, Intel and UTSA officials and UTSA interns at the opening of the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace's headquarters.

Rackspace, Intel and UTSA officials and UTSA interns at the opening of the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace’s headquarters.

By LAURA LOREK
Reporter with Silicon Hills News

Officials with Rackspace and Intel Thursday officially cut the ribbon on the OpenStack Innovation Center at Rackspace’s headquarters.

“We are going to make this the launching pad to make OpenStack and the entire cloud available to everyone in the industry,” said Imad Sousou, vice president of the software and services group and general manager of Intel Open Source Technology Center.

“And, yes, we’re hiring,” Sousou said.

Rackspace and Intel officially announced their partnership for the OpenStack Innovation Center in late July. On Thursday, a few hundred people gathered in front of the new center at Rackspace’s headquarters in San Antonio to cut the ribbon on the facility where they will be working.

Rackspace has more than 200 employees working on OpenStack every day and they will occupy the OpenStack Innovation Center, which is in the fourth phase of development at the old Windsor Park Mall, which Rackspace refurbished into its headquarters, which Rackspace employees call “The Castle.”

In addition to the Rackspace employees, Intel will have developers at the center. Already, eight Intel developers have moved to San Antonio from Santa Clara, California, Arizona, Dallas and other Intel locations around the country to work here.

IMG_6515The OpenStack Innovation Center will add even more technology talent to San Antonio, said Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud. And Rackspace’s partner in providing the tech pipeline of new talent locally is the University of Texas at San Antonio, he said.

Already, UTSA selected ten students to work as interns initially at the center and 30 more will be joining the program in the next year, said Mauli Agrawal, vice president of research at UTSA.

“By opening this innovation center, we’re creating the largest OpenStack development team in the world,” Agrawal said.

UTSA has developed a reputation nationwide as experts training computer and software engineers in open cloud computing and cybersecurity, Agrawal said. And this center further solidifies that reputation, he said.

“We are Cyber City and Cloud City USA,” Agrawal said.

The center will do research and development on OpenStack, which is an operating system that runs on the cloud and enables all kinds of software applications to run quickly and seamlessly from online banking to e-commerce. The cloud is a term used to described computer servers linked together in data centers that contain information accessible to anyone, anywhere through the Internet.

Intel has invested in the OpenStack project, which it calls “Intel’s Open Cloud for All” initiative although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is also putting engineering resources behind the initiative. The New York Times recently did a story on Intel’s strategy to invest heavily in software that enhances cloud-computing capabilities. The idea is to create many competitors who offer cloud computing services, which ultimately creates many customers who demand servers that run Intel’s chips, and that way Intel will not get squeezed in price margins for its products by just a few giant companies, according to the article.

In July of 2010, Rackspace developed and launched OpenStack in cooperation with NASA. In the five years since then, OpenStack has grown considerably in popularity and other companies have exerted their influence on the software. HP, IBM and other big firms came in and contributed to the project. And the software got bogged down in bureaucracy and fragmentation as many companies contributed to it, Hanson with Rackspace said. This new initiative is about accelerating OpenStack development and adoption, Hanson said.

“We’re trying to create an environment where people are fully committed to improving OpenStack and doing it in a fully opened source way,” Hanson said.

“OpenStack is becoming the de facto cloud operating system for enterprises,” Hanson said. Enterprise is the name for large companies.

Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud are closed and proprietary platforms that compete with OpenStack, an open source alternatives to those services.

Intel and Rackspace’s collaboration seeks to make OpenStack the best operating system for the public and private cloud, Hanson said.

“For companies, the promise of OpenStack is that it gives them a platform that allows them to be much more efficient, much more nimble and it really improves speed to market for their customer facing and revenue generating applications,” Hanson said. “It gives them a really flexible and efficient platform where the IT department can go from being a call center to a center of strategy and to an enabler of revenue.”

Rackspace’s Thanksgiving Day Food Drive Helps Needy Families

By LAURA LOREK
Reporter with Silicon Hills News

Rackspace's Lawrence "SugarBear" Reyes and his infant daughter greet the crowd at Rackspace's Thanksgiving Day Food Distribution event.

Rackspace’s Lawrence “SugarBear” Reyes and his infant daughter greet the crowd at Rackspace’s Thanksgiving Day Food Distribution event.

A voucher for a free turkey and a box of food items from Rackspace came as a surprise to Robin Dysart.

Crestview Elementary School sent the voucher home with her daughter.

“It means the world to us, we’ve been having some difficulties for the last few years,” Dysart said Saturday. Her car overheated while she waited in the line to pick up the donated food. So she parked the car and walked up to the Rackspace headquarters with her daughters to get their Thanksgiving Day dinner. Two Rackspace employees, Rackers as they are known, carried the boxes to her car. They posed for pictures with the girls and gave Dysart hugs.

Dysart, who has a college education, hasn’t been able to find work for the past few years. She’s battling to hold on to her house and take care of her daughters, ages, 5 and 8, and a 12-year-old son.

“It really does mean a lot, we’re so grateful and everybody here is so friendly, it’s a really heartwarming thing that they are doing,” Dysart said.

Rackspace partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank in its eighth annual Fill a Box, Feed a Family Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year, Rackspace gave away 2,500 turkeys and 2,500 boxes of food, double its goal from last year. It’s the largest food distribution event in San Antonio, said Erika Borrego, chief operating officer with the San Antonio Food Bank.

“This is a low income area so there are a lot of families in need here,” Borrego said.

The cars began lining up at 5 a.m. Saturday morning at Rackspace’s headquarters, known as the Castle, on Walzem road in Windcrest. And Rackspace began distributing the food boxes at 8 a.m. By noon, the organizers had received almost 1,200 vouchers.

Allie Howard with Rackspace, wearing a turkey hat, and getting into the spirit of the Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

Allie Howard with Rackspace, wearing a turkey hat, and getting into the spirit of the Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

More than 100 Rackers worked volunteer shifts on Saturday to hand out the boxes. Despite the rain, the event seemed a festive one with a D.J. spinning tunes, some of the volunteers dancing and entire families helping to hand out the boxes. Some Rackers even had babies strapped to their backs.

“It’s great to see Rackers show up to serve their community,” said Melissa Gray, Rackspace’s senior director of corporate responsibility. “It’s about team work today.”

The San Antonio Food Bank’s goal for November is to raise 1 million pounds of food and Rackspace estimated it gave away about 90,000 pounds of food on Saturday, Gray said.

“This is the biggest volunteer event we do every year at Rackspace,” she said.

The entire family volunteers to help out at the Rackspace Thanksgiving Day event

The entire family volunteers to help out at the Rackspace Thanksgiving Day event

Lots of friends and families volunteered to help out.

Lawrence “SugarBear” Reyes, Rackspace’s ambassador of culture, wore a head to toe turkey suit. And his infant daughter also donned a turkey costume. They greeted and entertained the crowd as the line of cars waited.

Many children in the community surrounding Rackspace don’t get enough to eat on a daily basis. Some local schools have 90 percent or more of their students qualifying for free or reduced lunch program. Rackspace identified the families who received the vouchers through the school system.

Karen Kohler, family specialist with the Camelot Elementary School in the North East Independent School District volunteered at the event Saturday.

“This is amazing because so many of our families really struggle with having enough money to make ends meet,” Kohler said. “And so especially with having the holidays and having a bigger meal these families want to provide it for their families, but it’s expensive. These families are so excited and grateful and appreciative.”

During the long holidays, the kids are used to coming to school for a free breakfast and lunch, so it is difficult for families to provide them with those meals during school breaks, Kohler said.

“They’ll make this last a long time,” Kohler said. “They’ll use ever bit of that turkey.”

This year, Rackspace gave Camelot Elementary 260 vouchers for its 500 students in the school so just about every family that needed one got one, Kohler said.

“We’re so grateful to Rackspace and San Antonio for doing this for our community,” Kohler said.

The Thanksgiving Food drive is part of Rackspace’s Rack Gives Back effort to support the local community and ensure that every family in the neighborhood is able to celebrate the holiday, said Allie Howard, spokeswoman with Rackspace. She wore a turkey hat for the occasion.

About 350 cars per hour visited Rackspace during the food distribution event, which ran until about 3 p.m., Howard said. Rackspace also provided free taxi rides to neighborhood families that walked to the event. So they could get their boxes home safely and easily. It’s a huge logistics undertaking with three semi-trailer trucks filled with food. Forklift operators delivering pallets to the distribution stations and dozens of Rackers, donning rain ponchos, directing the flow of traffic and checking for vouchers.

“Asking for help this time of year is not the most fun thing to do, it’s humbling, Howard said. “But the people that come to our events they feel like it’s more of a party and a celebration. It’s just a very positive experience.”

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Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock

Graham-Weston-2Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston has been bullish on his company since he made his initial investment to found the hosting company in 1999.

And now, he’s investing even more in the San Antonio-based managed cloud company.

This week, Weston announced he has purchased $2.5 million or 58,400 shares of the company’s stock on the open market on Nov. 18th, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

And Weston plans to buy $2.5 million more in the company’s stock during the next year.

“My willingness to invest in Rackspace expresses my belief in the company’s future. I believe we can be the trusted partner to the rising wave of businesses who need help managing their cloud,” Weston said in a news statement. “One reason for my belief is the strong traction that Rackspace has demonstrated. I’m also confident in the leadership of our new CEO, Taylor Rhodes, and in his commitment to delivering Fanatical Support to our customers.”

Rackspace’s shares, traded under the symbol RAX on the New York Stock Exchange, closed Friday at $44.92, up more than 1 percent. Its stock hit a new 52 week high, according to Tickerreport.com. Its 52 week low was $26.18.

Before the recent purchase, Weston held 13.2 percent of the company’s outstanding common stock.

TEDxSanAntonio Sparks a City of Ideas

By LAURA LOREK
Founder of Silicon Hills News

Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace and Susan Price, founder of TEDxSanAntonio

Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace and Susan Price, founder of TEDxSanAntonio

San Antonio has evolved into the City of Ideas, said Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace.

“The whole genesis of TED is about sparking ideas and spreading ideas and that happens every year at TEDxSanAntonio,” Weston said

This is a culture Rackspace wants to be a part of, Weston said. Rackspace served as the main sponsor of the daylong TEDxSanAntonio event at its headquarters’ event center on Saturday.

“The speakers for TEDxSanAntonio share new ideas with us and also give us a glimpse of some of the cool stuff people are doing across the city that often is unknown,” Weston said. “Every year that I come to TEDxSanAntonio it makes me very proud of our city and our region about all of the interesting things that are happening here.”

This is the biggest TEDxSanAntonio ever, said Susan Price, the event’s organizer. The event, now in its fifth year, has a core organizing committee of seven people and 40 volunteers, Price said. While the first event held at Trinity University had just a few hundred people, this one attracted more than 650 people. TEDx is based on the TED conference, an annual event focused on spreading ideas about technology, entertainment and design, but TEDxSanAntonio is organized locally under a license from TED.

“We try to feature ideas that are springing up, and around and about San Antonio,” Price said. “We fly a few speakers in every year with ideas that are relevant to San Antonio.”

One of those speakers was Trevor Muir, a teacher at Kent Innovation High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a standing ovation following his talk on changing schools to an environment of engagement in which students tackle projects and solve problems in the real world.

His students learned about World War II by interviewing veterans in the community and creating film documentaries, which they later showed to the entire community. His students also created websites and projects for immigrants new to their area so they would know how to do simple things, most people take for granted, like take a public bus or turn on the lights.

Susan Price, founder of TEDxSanAntonio

Susan Price, founder of TEDxSanAntonio

This year’s TEDxSanAntonio theme, “Ideas in Action” means the community doesn’t just want to discuss ideas, but they want to put them into motion, Price said.
“We’re giving them a call to action,” she said.

Jorge Amodio, an engineer, attends TEDxSanAntonio every year.

“It’s always inspiring,” Amodio said. “It’s a great community to share what you know and to learn from others.”

The speakers evoke emotions from the audience ranging from laughter to tears. Molly Cox and Victor Landa served as the emcees for the event and provided light-hearted transitions between some difficult subjects.

Sarah-Jane Murray, a professor at Baylor University, opened TEDxSanAntonio with a talk on how people are hardwired for stories through neural coupling. She recalled a story from her childhood in Ireland about her Poodle, who yearned to be a sheepdog.

“If you tell a story well, and you’re not just talking about language, you’re causing your brain to fire on all of its cylinders,” Murray said.

The brain of someone listening to a great story mirrors the brain of the person telling the story, Murray said. Stories affect people because they alter their chemistry, she said. When a story is well told, two major chemicals are released into the brain like cortisol for stress and duress and oxytocin for empathy, Murray said.

“Stories are the great levelers of this world not because they eradicate our differences but because they transcend them,” Murray said.

People are 22 times more likely to remember a story than fact alone, she said.

That’s why people have to be careful about the stories they tell, Murray said.

“We need stories that inspire us to greatness,” she said.

Throughout the day, the TEDxSanAntonio speakers did just that.

John Lambert discussed lessons from improv and how the theater taught him how to deal with life’s unscripted twists, turns and tragedies like the death of his wife, Maria Ivania from cancer.

Leezia Dhalla told a story of her life as an undocumented American. She learned just before her 21st birthday that she didn’t have legal papers to stay in the U.S., where she had lived since the age of six. Her family moved from Canada.

Dhalla received a degree from Northwestern University and got a work permit in 2012 that allows her to stay in the U.S. for two more years.

“We try to stay positive but it’s hard to keep your head down and your chin up at the same time,” Dhalla said.

Today, 11 million people are living in the shadows with papers, Dhalla said. Half came here without authorization; the other half came here legally including Dhalla’s family. They waited for their applications for citizenship to process but a series of mistakes happened and the documents never got approved.

She’s hoping immigration reform will give her and her family an opportunity to legally stay in the U.S. permanently. She asked the audience to help make that a reality.

Kori Ashton, founder of WebTegrity, created a painting with the big, bold letters “Inspire,” on stage while she told stories about her family and her mother’s struggle and triumph over Polio. She encouraged the audience to live a great story and inspire someone.

Steve Vrooman, a professor of Communications Students at Texas Lutheran University, encouraged the audience to share more information about themselves with others. That creates a connection that is more than just transactional, he said.

Studies show on social media, followers of a person, brand or company, share just 3 percent to 15 percent of all the content posted. Vrooman contends if the content was about people and not information, they would share more.

“Share more,” he said.

Joshua Singer and Abhinav Suri, cofounders of Apps for Aptitude and School's Out Hackathon.

Joshua Singer and Abhinav Suri, cofounders of Apps for Aptitude and School’s Out Hackathon.


And Joshua Singer and Abhinav Suri, two high school seniors, encouraged the audience to hack or create something new. They want to create a hacker culture in San Antonio. They’ve launched a company, Apps for Aptitude to encourage others and they host an annual School’s Out Hackathon for high school students.

Luz Cristal Glangchai, an engineer, wants to encourage more girls to become engineers. She founded VentureLab in San Antonio. The nonprofit organization runs a series of programs geared at kids as young as five to high school age to get them interested in entrepreneurship and experiment in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Three student-run companies from VentureLab have raised more than $240,000, according to Glangchai.

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Bloomberg Reports CenturyLink is Considering Acquiring Rackspace

rackspace-1Rackspace Hosting’s stock closed up nearly 7 percent on Monday after Bloomberg News reported the company was talking to CenturyLink, a Louisiana-based Internet and telecommunications company, about a possible buyout.

Rackspace’s stock, traded under the symbol RAX on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $39.79 on Monday.

Citing sources familiar with the talks, Bloomberg reported that CenturyLink wants to acquire Rackspace to expand its cloud computing business.

“CenturyLink has discussed the idea with San Antonio-based Rackspace, which last month said it is still conducting an internal review of its strategic options, according to the people, who asked not to be identified talking about private information,” according to the Bloomberg story. “One person said a deal may not be reached for the company, which had a stock-market valuation of $5.33 billion at the end of last week.”

Rackspace Goes Back to Customer Service Roots With Managed Cloud Offering

imgres-21-300x84Rackspace Hosting has always prided itself on its customer service.

The San Antonio-based web hosting company grew by offering “fanatical” customer service in an industry not known for providing excellent customer service.

Today, Rackspace announced a new move to rebrand itself by focusing on its “fanatical customer service” for managed cloud services. The announcement comes as Rackspace sees increasing competition from Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

Rackspace announced more service levels and new prices for its cloud management expertise. It also announced a new program for developers to help them build applications.

“The cloud market is evolving. More customers are looking for a trusted partner with specialized expertise to help manage their cloud. Rackspace is ideally positioned to lead this managed cloud segment of the market,” Graham Weston, Rackspace co-founder and CEO said in a news statement. “Our new service levels will help businesses tap the power of the cloud without the pain of recruiting experts in dozens of complex technologies. We are the partner that will be with them every step of the way to help make their cloud strategy successful.”

The rebranding follows Rackspace’s announcement in May that it hired Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential partnerships and acquisitions.

“In recent months, Rackspace has been approached by multiple parties who have expressed interest in exploring a strategic relationship with Rackspace, ranging from partnership to acquisition,” according to a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rackspace, founded in 1998, is the largest technology company in San Antonio with more than 3,000 employees occupying the old Windsor Park Mall in Northeast San Antonio. It also has an office in Austin and has international offices in London and Hong Kong.

Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud. The company has more than 200,000 business customers.

Rackspace to Move 570 Employees into Austin Mall

A rendering of the proposed renovation by Gensler, photo courtesy of ACC

A rendering of the proposed renovation by Gensler, photo courtesy of ACC

Rackspace Hosting is known for innovating in old malls.

The San Antonio-based hosting company moved into the former Windsor Park Mall in Windcrest in 2007. Rackspace transformed the defunct and dilapidated mall into a vibrant and dynamic space with a slide, cafeteria, wide open spaces and a conference center for its tech community.

Now the Web hosting company plans to expand its operations in Austin into another mall, the former Highland Lakes Mall, owned by the Austin Community College. Rackspace plans to relocate 570 employees by late next year to Highland and expand in the future.

Last week, the Austin Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a move to negotiate an agreement with Rackspace to allow the company to renovate the former Dillard’s department store and lease it to Rackspace.

The collaboration between ACC and Rackspace includes providing paid internships for ACC students, enhancing tech training.

The Austin-based Live Oak-Gottesman will renovate the “four-story, 194,000-square-foot Dillard’s space, funded by a portion of Rackspace’s lease payment,” according to a news release from ACC.

“Highland represents the future of higher education, and partnerships like this are a very important component of that—creating new opportunities for students and ensuring a pipeline of skilled workers for the region,” Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO said in a news release. “Rackspace is one of the area’s top employers and has a strong commitment to education. Live Oak-Gottesman has a three-decade track record of successful development in Central Texas. We look forward to seeing this partnership come to fruition.”

San Antonio Ranks Third on Forbes List of the Nation’s Tech Hot Spots

Tower of America in San Antonio Texas City  AerialForbes names San Antonio-New Braunfels as one of America’s technology hot spots.

The greater San Antonio area earned the number three spot on the list behind number one, Washington, D.C. and number two, Riverside, Calif.

Forbes reported that San Antonio-New Braunfels gained 18.3 percent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math jobs between 2011 and 2012. The growth during the last two years has been 4.5 percent.

Forbes hired Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group to examine the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

“Notably absent from our list of the 10 metro areas that enjoyed the strongest growth over that period: the country’s largest cities,” according to Forbes. “Chicago, New York and Los Angeles all lost tech jobs over the past 11 years. Silicon Valley? For all the buzz over Facebook and other hot social media companies, the San Jose area has 12.6% fewer tech jobs today than in 2001.”

San Antonio has a large biomedical industry and cybersecurity industry. The city has also nurtured its technology startup community with the founding of Geekdom, nearly three years ago.

Rackspace Entertains Buyout Offers

imgres-21-300x84Rackspace Hosting may be sold.
The San Antonio-based company hired Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential partnerships and acquisitions.
“In recent months, Rackspace has been approached by multiple parties who have expressed interest in exploring a strategic relationship with Rackspace, ranging from partnership to acquisition,” according to a statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
“Our board decided to hire Morgan Stanley to evaluate the inbound strategic proposals and to explore other alternatives which could advance Rackspace’s long-term strategy,” Rackspace wrote. “No decision has been made and there can be no assurance that the Board’s review process will result in any partnership or transaction being entered into or consummated.”
Rackspace, which provides web hosting and open cloud services, reported it did not intend to comment on the situation until its board approves a specific partnership or transaction. The company has faced increasing competition from giants Google and Amazon, which provide cloud hosting services.
In February, Lanham Napier, 43, retired as Rackspace’s chief executive officer. He had led the company since 2000 from a small startup to a large publicly traded company with more than 5,000 employees worldwide and more than $1.5 billion in revenue.
A year earlier, Lew Moorman, Rackspace’s president, left the company because of health issues with a family member.
Since February, Graham Weston, Rackspace’s chairman and co-founder, has served as its CEO.
Rackspace, founded in 1998, is the largest technology company in San Antonio with more than 3,000 employees occupying the old Windsor Park Mall in Northeast San Antonio. It also has an office in Austin and has international offices in London and Hong Kong.
Rackspace’s stock, traded under the symbol RAX on the New York Stock Exchange, soared on the news of the possible sale last week. Rackspace’s stock closed at $36.12 on Friday, up nearly 18 percent. The company’s stock traded as low as $26 and as high as $54 in the last 52 weeks. The stock traded as high as $81 per share in January of 2013, according to Forbes.

UTSA Hosts the Open BigCloud Symposium

By LAURA LOREK
Founder of Silicon Hills News

BnC9n-kCYAA9gdwSome of the biggest trends in technology today are the cloud, a fancy name for data centers, and big data, the massive bits and bytes of information flowing through those data centers.

At the University of Texas at San Antonio, more than 100 people met Wednesday to discuss hardware, software and networks around those topics at the first Open BigCloud Symposium.

“This is about the future of cloud computing and big data,” said UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

He compared the ideas and innovation around the Open Cloud environment to Detroit during its heyday of the automotive industry.

“A collision of ideas that’s what’s going to happen here,” he said.

Romo also cut the ribbon to officially open the UTSA Open Compute Project Certification and Solutions Laboratory. The only other lab of its kind is in Taiwan.

Frank Frankovsky, president and chairman of the Open Compute Project Foundation, praised the project.

“There are incredibly innovative people in the state of Texas driving the industry forward,” he said.

The two-day Open BigCloud Symposium features more than 20 speakers in the HEB University Center Ballroom at the UTSA main campus. Most of it is highly technical with sessions like “Using ZeroVM and Swift to Build a Compute Enabled Storage Platforms” and “Composable Rack Scale Archecture Storage.” But some of the sessions address universal issues facing the technology industry like the shortage of women in technology and fostering entrepreneurship.

In 2012, Rackspace hosted the Open Compute Summit and hosted more than 500 people involved in the Open Compute Project, which Frankovsky and his team launched at Facebook in 2011. The project’s goal focuses on creating the most efficient computer hardware and software for data center. Major players like Facebook, Rackspace, Hewlett Packard, Dell and Microsoft back the project.

The Open Compute Project is driven by collaboration, contributions and consumption or the adoption of the technology by industry, Frankovsky said.

UTSA is becoming a nationally recognized hub of innovation in the Cloud and big data technology, said Lorenzo Gomez, director of the 80/20 Foundation and Geekdom.

The 80/20 Foundation has donated more than $4 million in endowed partnerships in cloud computing technology to UTSA, Gomez said.

The research, the academia and industry coming together at UTSA is extremely important said John Engates, Rackspace’s Chief Technology Officer.

“We at Rackspace believe open is supercritical,” Engates said.

Open and collaborative environments help companies innovate faster, Engates said. It also means freedom. It also allows people to do their work remotely easily, he said. An open environment also allows companies to share the risks and rewards of research and development and innovation, he said.

“Getting people on a bobsled together and going in together I think that’s supercritical,” he said.

In 2010, Rackspace and NASA jointly created the OpenStack , an open source cloud software. Today, Rackspace runs the largest OpenStack cloud in the world today, Engates said.

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