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Deploying a Cloud Scale App with Rackspace DevOps Automation

Modern performance tools and techniques can dramatically improve the user experience, reduce developer and ops frustration, lead to better utilization of infrastructure and allow you to smartly ship products to market faster.

Working with many companies across all industries, we recognize the pitfalls and barriers to adopting DevOps. The Rackspace DevOps Automation team works with various tools every day to counteract these pitfalls. Join Product Manager @EricBrinkman as he shows you the technologies our DevOps Automation team uses, provide insight as to why they were chosen, and walk through a customer experience demo.

This webinar will include:
•Deploying Magento through UI and pushing code
•A look into the control panel
•Demo of New Relic and Chef
•Simulation of Rackspace customer experience
Recorded Mar 25 2015 50 mins
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    •Workload characteristics
    •Common Workloads (OLTP, OLAP, VMware, etc.)
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