Developers: Rackspace gives you $10,000 in prizes for building in their cloud

Get ready for a battle. Rackspace is kicking off the SXSW Interactive King of the Apps contest, an ongoing contest targeted towards developers and startups to build applications using the Rackspace Cloud Files API.  For more information and for contestants to submit their app, please see:  http://www.rackspace.com/kingoftheapps

After submitting your application, it will be evaluated by a panel of 5 judges made up of both tech-experts and tech-lebrities, including Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm, Dave McClure of 500 Startups, and Eric Ries creator of the Lean Startup methodology, and Rackers Robert Scoble and Bill Boebel, who will select two finalists to compete in a live-audience Showdown @SXSW. Continue reading “Developers: Rackspace gives you $10,000 in prizes for building in their cloud”

Rackspace to use Akamai as their CDN provider

Rackspace announced today their new relationship with Akamai Technologies, Inc. as Rackspace’s new Content Distribution Network (CDN) provider. Akamai Technologies, Inc. is publicly traded (NASDAQ: AKAM) company founded in 1998. Akamai has a pervasive, highly distributed cloud optimization platform with over 73,000 servers in 70 counties within nearly 1,000 networks. For up to date Akamai facts and figures, click here.

If you are currently a Rackspace customer and are using Cloud Files CDN, your account will start using Akamai CDN in the coming months, you don’t need to do anything, the transition will be automatic and painless – Rackspace wrote in an email to existing customers. Continue reading “Rackspace to use Akamai as their CDN provider”