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Cloud Operations in the 22nd Century

Operations is more relevant now than ever before. IT Ops and DevOps team are beginning to design with operations in mind in their cloud adoption journeys.

Tune into this live webinar at AWS Summit London to discuss:

- The state of IT operations maturity in the cloud
- What resources your team needs
- How to effectively solve operational problems

Moderated by: Alex Hilton, CEO, Cloud Industry Forum
Panelists to include:
Prashanth Chandrasekar, Senior Vice President & GM, Rackspace
Tim Dowdall, Director, EMEA Solutions Engineering, SignalFx
Dougie Anscombe-Stephen, PA Consulting
Ben Saunders, VP, EMEA, Contino
Recorded May 8 2019 52 mins
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  • Application Modernisation: A View on Database Services Dec 12 2019 2:30 pm UTC 45 mins
    Jonathan Adams (Technical Sales Specialist at Rackspace)
    It’s not unusual for companies to devote too many resources to keeping the lights on. This bogs down IT and deprives teams of the time required to test, innovate and extract intelligence from their organisation’s data.

    It also impacts time-to market, as well as the ability to pipe transactional data into modern BI platforms that deliver insights in real-time. Outsourcing some of these tasks to a trusted managed service provider (MSP) will ensure that an enterprise and its leaders remain nimble and have the ability to make data-driven decisions that grow the business.

    This webinar takes you through:
    - The common challenges businesses are facing today when it comes to their databases
    - How Rackspace can support your application modernisation journey
    - Why MSPs can be the key to remain innovative and agile
  • Serverless auf Microsoft Azure Dec 12 2019 9:00 am UTC 60 mins
    Markus Schmid, Solution Architect
    Starten Sie erfolgreich mit der Serverless Technologie

    Serverless ist eines der Trendthemen von dem viele bereits gehört haben. Wie es bei solchen Themen üblich ist, besteht die Schwierigkeit darin zu verstehen, ob es im eigenen Unternehmen relevant sein könnte und was alles dahinter steckt. Dieses Webinar richtet sich an alle, die gerade erst die Serverless Technologie implementiert haben oder auch noch nie davon gehört haben. Halten wird diesmal unser Solution Architekt Markus Schmid das Webinar – er ist für die Multi-Cloud-Entwicklungen bei Rackspace verantwortlich.

    Markus wird grundlegende Fragen zu Serverless beantworten:
    •Was bedeutet Serverless und wozu dient es?

    •Wie wird Serverless in Azure definiert und welche Services sind verfügbar?

    •Wie sehen typische Use Cases aus? (Workflows mit Logic Apps)

    •Wie bereite ich mein Unternehmen auf die Technologie vor und wie kann Rackspace dabei unterstützen?

    Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Teilnahme – im Nachgang des Webinars steht Markus Schmid zu einem Q&A zur Verfügung.
  • How Azure is helping Oxfam reach its goal of ending poverty, faster Recorded: Dec 3 2019 39 mins
    Nick Mitrovic (CTO at Oxfam )
    For every company that does business online, speed and efficiency are key. This is especially true for Oxfam. The charity works directly with millions of people all over the world, and raises funds through countless donations. To improve the reliability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of Oxfam’s IT estate, the organisation worked with Rackspace on an ambitious 14-month cloud migration.

    In this webinar, Oxfam CTO Nick Mitrovic shares their project, its various challenges, and the many benefits the Azure solution provides. In just 30 minutes, you’ll learn:

    • How project leads overcame the challenges of managing change, people and cultures

    • Why this solution reduced expenditure, improved response times, and increased donations and shop sales

    • That Oxfam now has greater access to a wealth of information, due to faster logistics and improved data analytics

    • Why a collaborative partnership enabled Oxfam and Rackspace to each concentrate on what they do best

    Oxfam is now well placed for the future, and working more efficiently towards its goal of eradicating poverty. Whatever your organisation’s goals are, flexibility, value, reliability and data will be vital components; and so you’re sure to gain interesting, valid insight from this webinar.
  • Finding Peace of Mind in Your Security Strategy Recorded: Nov 26 2019 42 mins
    Jack Danahy, SVP / Strategy & Security at Alert Logic
    Threats change. The benefits of robust security do not.

    On a daily basis, we read about new victims of cyber-attacks and new threats that affect us all. Sometimes it feels like the problem can never be solved, but the changing nature of risk does not change the meaningful best practices that can protect your data, your organisation, and your job.

    Whether you are a large, established, corporation or a small business just starting out, Rackspace Managed Security (RMS) provides 24x7 SOC services performed by security experts to ensure that you can identify and protect the assets that you care about from the attacks that threaten them.

    Combining broad and deep threat intelligence with years of expertise and Rackspace’s proven reliable infrastructure and services, RMS can help you to understand, manage, and explain the protection you need across your entire IT estate.

    If you want to understand more about the dynamic attack vectors currently emerging, or you are looking for a meaningful way to improve your security posture and capabilities, you should register for this timely webinar, now.

    Jack Danahy, SVP for Strategy and Security at Alert Logic, a Rackspace partner with over 25 years of security experience and multiple patents in the space, will lead you through a tour of:

    · Current and growing threats that you (and your management team) are worrying about
    · Drivers and motivations for the variability and impact in modern attacks
    · New approaches to securing your increasingly diverse and heterogeneous environment

    Rackspace Managed Security provides meaningful insight and protection without requiring you to become a security expert on your own.

    Leveraging hundreds of experts, decades of experience, and cutting-edge technology and analytics, Rackspace can provide your business, at any size, with the type of protection and monitoring once limited to the largest corporations.

    Register to learn about the latest risks and the strategies you can use to resist them.
  • VMware Cloud on AWS: A technical overview with popular use cases Recorded: Nov 21 2019 53 mins
    Ather Beg (Solutions Architect at Rackspace) and Carmen Hostetler (Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware)
    We hope you enjoyed our last webinar on VMware Cloud™ on AWS by Rackspace CTO Lee James and VMware Leader Tim Hearn: Introduction to VMware Cloud on AWS. If you haven’t watched it already, you can find it here (52 min): https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/11031/372224

    In this follow-up session, Join Ather Beg, Rackspace Enterprise Solutions Architect and Carmen Hostetler, VMware Cloud Solutions Architect in a discussion to learn about the technical steps to consider when implementing your first VMware Cloud on AWS deployment, to full application-level integration with AWS.

    Ather and Carmen will also talk through popular use cases that Rackspace see’s customers commonly asking for, along with a customer case study.

    This session will cover:

    oConsiderations before starting
    oTechnical steps and solution options
    oTips and gotchas!
    oExample use cases
  • AWS: The cloud that is as agile as it's secure and compliant Recorded: Nov 14 2019 34 mins
    Steven Bianciardi (Lead Solutions Architect at Rackspace) & Danny Wilkinson (Senior AWS Specialist Architect at Rackspace)
    Listen to learn how governance can help your business achieve more by using IT strategically in your public cloud environment, so that you can really take off on a smooth cloud journey. The webinar will cover areas including:

    Adherence to regulation should not be a blocker to agile deployment methodology, correct use of tools and process will allow you to deploy quickly while maintaining best practice or adhering to industry compliance requirements.

    Operational Excellence
    Through governance your business will be able to grow at scale and ensure business continuity.

    AWS is an enabler for agile development models. But without leveraging the right tools to also provide governance, you can quickly prevent your business reaching its full potential through excess costs and security issues. Let Rackspace guide you through the operational excellence pillar of the AWS Well-Architected framework to see how you can overcome this.

    Wherever you are on your cloud journey we can help you utilise the latest developments with our expert led guidance keeping you can continuously innovative. Following this webinar you’ll be able understand which customisable flexible solutions from Rackspace can help you.
  • AWS WEBINAR: Design & Migration von Daten und Datenbanken zu AWS Recorded: Nov 8 2019 60 mins
    Maik Ellerbrock (Solutions Architect at Rackspace)
    Erwägen Sie, Ihre Daten und Datenbanken in die AWS Cloud zu verschieben, um Ihre Abläufe zu verbessern? Benötigen Sie Beratung bei der Konzeption und Planung einer reibungslosen und nahtlosen Migration?

    Registrieren Sie sich für den 8. November 2019 und erfahren Sie, wie der Wechsel von einem herstellergebundenen Datenbankanbieter zu Open Source auf AWS mit Rackspace zur Erhöhung der Zuverlässigkeit & Leistung bei gleichzeitiger Nutzung von Backup- und DR-Vorteilen beitragen kann. Wir zeigen Ihnen, wie Sie die Lizenzierung für Oracle und MS SQL optimieren können und damit Kosten reduzieren. Unser Webinar wird vom Rackspace Solution Architect Maik Ellerbrock veranstaltet – er ist auf AWS spezialisiert:

    •Auswahl der richtigen Datenbankdienste auf AWS
    •Optimierung der Lizenzierung für Oracle- und MS SQL-Datenbanken
    •Vorteile und Ansätze für die Migration auf Open Source und Managed Services
    •Architektur für Backup und DR in hochverfügbaren Lösungen

    Buchen Sie Ihren kostenlosen Webinar-Platz und lernen Sie, wie Sie das Beste aus Ihrer Cloud-Migration herausholen.

    Rackspace ist ein von AWS geprüfter Managed Service Partner mit mehr als 1.000 Zertifizierungen und außerdem ein AWS Premier Consulting Partner.
  • Introduction to VMware Cloud on AWS Recorded: Oct 16 2019 52 mins
    Lee James (CTO of Rackspace) & Tim Hearn (Director of VMC on AWS from VMware )
    VMware Cloud™ on AWS enables you to run your applications across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. Rackspace Managed VMware Cloud on AWS leverages our strong partnerships and deep expertise across VMware and AWS to help customers simplify, accelerate and optimize VMC on AWS.

    Join Rackspace CTO Lee James and VMware Leader Tim Hearn to find out how to make the most of what the next-generation cloud has to offer, while maximizing your existing VMware and AWS investments.

    This session will cover:

    •Introduction to VMware Cloud on AWS Services
    •Easy workload portability and hybrid capabilities from anywhere in the world
    •A migration path to the cloud that doesn’t require costly and time consuming changes
    •Expert guidance and services across both VMware and AWS platforms
    •What does this mean for our customers today?
  • Change your mindset to successfully adopt cloud in financial services Recorded: Oct 15 2019 33 mins
    Tim Bull and Rhys Sharp (Solutions Director at Rackspace) & John Pillar (CTO at NatWest Ventures)
    The financial services industry is being disrupted by many factors, such as the emergence of fintech organisations and changing customer demands.

    These disruptions are driving a need for organisational change, greater flexibility and agility. But many businesses increasingly juggle cloud adoption and legacy infrastructure, forcing them to rethink.

    Rackspace recently worked with FStech on a campaign about this subject, including the webinar you can watch on this page. FStech editor Peter Walker is joined by Rackspace Solutions Directors Tim Bull and Rhys Sharp, and NatWest Ventures CTO John Pillar. Their engaging and lively discussion covers:

    •How cloud requires a change of mindset in everything from leveraging legacy systems to architecting solutions

    •The need for flexibility and agility, to allow high-cadence decision making and ongoing optimisation

    •Ways to approach security, processes, regulations and compliance in a world where technology moves at a rapid pace

    •Prioritising rapid prototyping, iteration, and customer dialogue, to add value, drive pace, and build loyalty and customer retention
  • Set yourself up for success with your Azure cloud migration strategy Recorded: Sep 30 2019 42 mins
    James Thompson, Azure Lead Solutions Architect
    Migrating to the cloud requires careful planning and execution. It’s vital to take a step back, look at the big picture, and ask the right questions. Rushing ahead can result in added expense – and an inability to realise benefits you’d have got from planning in a more measured manner.

    In this webinar, Rackspace Azure Lead SA James Thompson will examine the four phases of a migration to Azure – plan/assess/design/migrate – and the level of thinking that needs to go into each one. In just 30 minutes, you’ll learn about:

    •Available options when looking to migrate from an on-premises environment to Azure

    •Strategic planning and assessment, to understand the requirements, complexity and responsibilities within a migration

    •What’s involved during design and migration, and how to realise these phases in the best possible way

    A well thought-out strategy leads to success – and this webinar will outline exactly what a successful cloud migration strategy looks like. In short, you’ll find out how to formulate a plan of action, and execute it from start to finish.
  • RACKSPACE & AWS DACH: AWS Well Architected Review Recorded: Sep 26 2019 56 mins
    Maik Ellerbrock
    Ihr Unternehmen lebt in der AWS Public Cloud und Sie möchten das Beste aus all den möglichen Funktionen machen. Wäre es nicht erstaunlich, Kosten, Architektur und Leistung zu optimieren und dabei volles Vertrauen in Ihre Infrastrukturentscheidungen zu haben? All dies und mehr ist mit einem AWS Well Architected Review möglich.
    Wie funktioniert ein Well Architected Review?

    A Well Architected Review ist ein Best-Practice-Framework, das von AWS entwickelt wurde, um Unternehmen wie Ihrem dabei zu helfen, gute Designprinzipien anzuwenden. In diesem Webinar lernen Sie die fünf Säulen der Best Practice kennen:

    1. Operative Exzellenz
    2. Sicherheit
    3. Zuverlässigkeit
    4. Leistungseffizienz
    5. Kostenoptimierung

    Welche tieferen Details bieten Well Architected Reviews?
    Unsere AWS-zertifizierten Fachleute decken unter anderem die folgenden Bereiche ab:

    • Entwicklung klarer, umsetzungsfähiger Verbesserungsstrategien
    • Identifizierung von Risiken und thematischen Problemen in Ihren Umgebungen
    • Nutzung neuer Cloud-nativer Funktionen
    Warum Rackspace für ein Well Architected Review?
    Wir sind einer der wenigen ausgewählten Premier Consulting Partner, die für die Durchführung von Well Architected Reviews qualifiziert sind. Wir verfügen über große Erfahrung in der Gestaltung und Verbesserung von Umgebungen in AWS für Unternehmen.

    Unsere AWS-Experten haben mehr als 1.000 technische AWS-Zertifizierungen bestanden. Außerdem sind wir sind ein von AWS geprüfter Managed Service Partner und verfügen über mehrere AWS-Kompetenzen wie DevOps und Migration.

    Melden Sie sich jetzt an, und erfahren Sie, warum ein Well Architected Framework Review sinnvoll ist.
  • Is your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement modernised for AWS Recorded: Sep 26 2019 37 mins
    Sumit Sharma (AWS Solution Architect at Rackspace)
    Any migration of Microsoft workloads to the cloud will have a profound impact on your current licensing agreements and product compositions as well as affect the ways in which you procure your Microsoft technology.

    When planning a cloud migration to AWS you should ensure you consider the following key questions:

    Will this change the number of licenses required? Can I bring my own licenses (BYOL) to the cloud?
    Do I need Software Assurance? Can I rent licenses from AWS? What impact do dedicated hosts have?
    Do I have the correct agreement for AWS migration?

    The webinar will cover these key questions and also provide advice and recommendations in the following key areas:

    -How to approach a licence management strategy review.
    -How to approach architecting your Microsoft workloads in AWS cloud.
    -Learn about the promotions and incentives that are available to cover the costs of a cloud migration.

    You’ll learn all that you need to know from our extensive experience of AWS cloud migration with our Solution Architect (Sumit Sharma) We’ll help you to keep your business in tune and rocking out.

    We’re an AWS-audited Managed Service Partner with 1,000+ certifications and an AWS Premier Consulting Partner.
  • Webinar: From Mainframes to Containers, Building a Bank in Kubernetes on GCP Recorded: Sep 20 2019 51 mins
    Frank Long, Consulting Engineering Manager and Iain McInnes, GCP Engineering Lead
    Kubernetes and Containers have driven a revolution in IT, helping modernise applications throughout financial services and beyond. They enable you to deploy code in small batches, increasing development pace while improving security and compliance – all vital considerations within financial services.

    But running large, stable clusters of Containers presents its own challenges. So join Rackspace Frank Long and Iain McInnes at 10:00 GMT, September 20 as they explain:

    • How to build safe, compliant, secure systems that will change how IT is done in financial services

    • Best practices to transform and modernise existing legacy IT and processes

    • Ways in which Kubernetes can reduce risk and costs while unlocking innovation in automation, security, compliance, and more

    • The benefits and architectural recommendations for using Kubernetes on GCP

    A well-thought out strategy leads to success – and we’ll explain exactly what a Kubernetes Containers strategy looks like.
  • From outsourced to in-house: take back control with smart sourcing Recorded: Sep 18 2019 60 mins
    Helen Olsen Bedford (publisher at UKAuthority)
    Public authorities are reducing outsourcing – but success requires an agile approach that balances in-house capabilities, public and private cloud, and external expertise.

    The solution is smart sourcing, which Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) and Norfolk County Council have used to adopt best of breed technology, improve services and save money. But doing so requires careful planning – and the right partners.

    Watch our panel explore how smart sourcing can deliver agile technology platforms fit for a digital future while delivering robust, efficient technology to support users today.


    Owen Powell, ICT director, Central & North West London NHS Trust
    Geoff Connell, head of IMT, Norfolk County Council / Past President Socitm
    Simon Clifford, director of digital and data, The Police ICT Company
    Rhys Sharp, solution director, Rackspace
    Jack Oakley, Service Blocks Consultant

    No two cloud journeys are the same. Along the way, your needs change as you reach different stages of cloud adoption. So, you need solutions that meet you where you are.

    Whether you’re an early adopter or a novice to cloud computing, Service Blocks™ can help you choose specific services at each stage of your cloud journey. If you want to understand how you can select, combine, add or change Service Blocks™ to create your own customised cloud solution, then register now.

    Jack Oakley, Service Consultant, will cover how your business can use Service Blocks™ to:

    • implement a flexible IT strategy and keep pace as your cloud needs grow and shift over time
    • address unique requirements and build customised solutions
    • maximise value and reduce management costs by focusing on the outcomes critical to your business

    Service Blocks offer unified cloud management across AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform – making it easy to manage multiple public clouds. This includes consolidated billing, unified ticketing, monitoring, alerting and consolidated user and account management. Whatever your service and support needs, our certified cloud experts provide unbiased, data-based expertise to help you to identify the best-fit public cloud infrastructure for your business.

    Look out for our upcoming follow up series:

    Platform Essentials
    Manage & Operate
    Complex Cloud Operations
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  • Manufacturing Webinar: Six factors for a successful cloud adoption Recorded: Aug 14 2019 47 mins
    Paul Norton (Solution Director at Rackspace) and Nick Peters (Editorial Director at The Manufacturer)
    Manufacturers realise that they need to make changes. The previous methods or approaches that enabled your business to survive or grow are becoming obsolete in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, let alone tomorrow’s, and a decision to stick with them will likely inhibit future growth.

    But recognising the need for change is not the same as successfully implementing it. Many businesses have started to move towards cloud adoption, for example, but the returns are failing way short of their expectations.

    A principle reason for this is immature cloud adoption strategies, a result of businesses getting excited about the opportunities and not spending enough time on the planning / pre-implementation stage.
    This on-demand webcast addresses that challenge head-on and provides the guidance you need to ensure your business doesn’t fall at the first hurdle.

    Watch the webcast to hear Rackspace’s Paul Norton and The Manufacturer’s Editorial Director Nick Peters, clearly and simply define the six factors that contribute to a successful cloud adoption, as well as some valuable tips on sustaining momentum over the long-term.
  • Driving Trust and Customer Identity in Financial Services Recorded: Jul 17 2019 44 mins
    Mayur Upadhyaya, Senior Director - Identity Cloud (EMEA), Richard Meeus, Security Director (EMEA), Akamai Technologies
    Today’s financial services consumers are digital first, and expect seamless and secure brand interactions that provide valuable online experiences while protecting their personal data privacy and preferences.

    Organisations need to ensure customer identity and access management in order to provide trusted digital experiences for their end users.

    Join this live webinar to learn more about:
    - Customer expectations over control of their identity and identity in the digital economy
    - The identity challenge of developing efficient and effective Know Your Customer (KYC) processes
    - The impact of Open Banking, PSD2, and GDPR on Identity requirements in financial services
    - The digital challenges of an emerging identity perimeter

    Mayur Upadhyaya, Senior Director - Identity Cloud (EMEA), Akamai Technologies
    Richard Meeus, Security Technology and Strategy Director (EMEA), Akamai Technologies
  • What’s stopping your IT teams from becoming enablers of business improvements Recorded: Jun 7 2019 45 mins
    Nick Peter, Editorial Director, The Manufacturer, and, Dave Hills, Client Director
    Intensifying global competition, ever-more demanding customers and the digitalisation of manufacturing demand that businesses develop an increasingly agile and responsive organisational culture. However, this is almost impossible to achieve while shackled to ageing facilities, hardware and software – a situation many manufacturers find themselves in today. 

    If an IT team’s core focus is on resolving technical debt through constant upgrades and patches, then they aren’t driving positive change through innovation and forward-thinking strategies.
    In the past, that may not have been a business-critical issue, but in today’s ultra-competitive landscape - it could mean the difference between surviving and thriving.

    In this webinar, The Manufacturer’s Editorial Director Nick Peters, and Rackspace’s Client Director Dave Hills discuss:

    1. The key barriers stopping IT teams from innovating

    2. How to adopt an adaptive, digitally-driven culture that is more agile and open to embracing change

    3. How to foster a positive mindset and environment where it’s okay to fail and try new things

    4. The additional value and new revenue streams IT can bring to an organisation
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  • Cloud Operations in the 22nd Century Recorded: May 8 2019 52 mins
    Prashanth Chandrasekar, Rackspace | Dougie Anscombe-Stephen, PA Consulting | Tim Dowdall, SignalFx | Ben Saunders, Contino
    Operations is more relevant now than ever before. IT Ops and DevOps team are beginning to design with operations in mind in their cloud adoption journeys.

    Tune into this live webinar at AWS Summit London to discuss:

    - The state of IT operations maturity in the cloud
    - What resources your team needs
    - How to effectively solve operational problems

    Moderated by: Alex Hilton, CEO, Cloud Industry Forum
    Panelists to include:
    Prashanth Chandrasekar, Senior Vice President & GM, Rackspace
    Tim Dowdall, Director, EMEA Solutions Engineering, SignalFx
    Dougie Anscombe-Stephen, PA Consulting
    Ben Saunders, VP, EMEA, Contino
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