Oct 26

Today, I became a Racker


Today, I joined the Rackspace team. It’s been a few months because we were trying to find the right fit, but I think we finally did it. I will say that I really like everyone I’ve met so far and am very optimistic about this opportunity.

Basically, Jim Curry (@jimcurry) and Mark Collier (@sparkycollier) work their tails off getting partners to integrate with the Rackspace Cloud. And then they put the tools on this site called Rackspace Tools and hopefully people use them. They really don’t have anyone marketing the site.

qSo my job is to to be like Q from James Bond or Alfred from Batman and show you all the cool tools you can utilize with the Rackspace Cloud. There is the CloudPlug which will automagically back up your hard drives to the cloud. There is Vanilla Forums, an open source forum software with some really cool plugins. Then there are tools for easily managing or load balancing servers like CloudKick or Zeus Load Balancer.

There are so many good applications and tools that help you both manage and better utilize the cloud, and I get to show them to you. Will they include exploding cuff links or machine gun pens? Maybe not…yet.

  • http://conversionscientist.com Brian Massey

    Rack ’em up, Michelle. It sounds like fun.
    .-= Brian Massey´s last blog ..How Are You Going to Fix Your Conversion Problem? =-.

  • http://www.joedoyle.com Joe Doyle

    Congrats, Michelle. You’ll make a great place that much better. Good luck.

  • David J. Neff

    Word Michelle! Congrats on the full time gig! We will miss you in the freelancing world!

  • http://philwheat.net Phil Wheat

    Way, cool! I was hoping that was the news you were talking about. Big Grats for the new job.

  • Jeff DeVerter

    Met you yesterday at the end of RIP… welcome aboard! Very excited to have you here.

  • http://www.rackspace.com/apps Cameron Nouri

    Welcome aboard Michelle! Maybe this time we can get you sync’d up with Rackspace Email 😉

    Look forward to working together in the future!

  • http://www.shawnmcbride.com Shawn McBride

    Congrats on the new gig, and thanks for pointing out CloudPlug! Just this weekend I was researching NAS boxes and trying to figure out how I might set one up to also sync my data to the cloud. Very interesting device…

  • http://siliconANGLE.com John Furrier

    I’ve met with Jim and Lew a bunch of times (only met Mark on the phone). I think that they are bunch of pros there. Nice gig.

    Rackspace has a swagger about them hard charging and competitive but they understand the notion of adding value whether lower prices and higher support.

    I’m excited to see Cloud group kick butt.


  • Mike Chapman

    Congratulations to Rackspace. They are so lucky to have you on their team. You’re the best!

  • http://www.motorphilia.com Aaron Manley Smith

    Congrats Michelle! You’re going to do great. I know it.

  • http://www.collierclan.net/mark/ Mark Collier

    We are very lucky to have you on board! Our partners are really going to love working with you to solve problems.
    .-= Mark Collier´s last blog ..Leaving Yahoo! to become a Racker in the cloud at the other end of the web =-.

  • http://ototap.co.cc/ lembah

    Congrats Michele, I hope you enjoy with your new position
    .-= lembah´s last blog ..How to: A Car Stereo Installation Guide =-.

  • http://www.techipedia.com Tamar Weinberg

    This is excellent news. Congratulations, Michelle!
    .-= Tamar Weinberg´s last blog ..Apple Gets More Serious About Using Twitter, but Why it Doesn’t Matter =-.

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