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Five reasons why I’m excited about POWER9

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There’s plenty to like about the POWER8 architecture: high speed interconnections, large (and flexible) core counts, and support for lots of memory.



Test Fedora 22 at Rackspace with Ansible

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Fedora 22 will be arriving soon and it’s easy to test on Rackspace’s cloud with my Ansible playbook:



A humble farewell to Seth Vidal

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I was shocked to see Robyn Bergeron’s email today about Seth Vidal’s passing.


supernova: Manage multiple OpenStack nova environments with ease

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While working on multiple nova (OpenStack Compute) environments at Rackspace, I found myself thrashing between multiple terminal windows where I had exported environment variables for python-novaclient to use.

The Kerberos-hater’s guide to installing Kerberos

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As promised in my earlier post entitled Kerberos for haters, I’ve assembled the simplest possible guide to get Kerberos up an running on two CentOS 5 servers.


How to survive as a technical manager

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Anyone who says management is easy obviously hasn’t done it for very long or they’re not doing their job very well.


How to sell: a guide for technical people

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I’ll admit it right now: I love engaging customers and learning more about how what we do at Rackspace can help their business or ideas take flight.

Why I’m a Racker

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I normally try to keep my work-related items separate from this blog, but I felt that I needed to break tradition for a moment.