Rackspace is offering to streamline the Amazon Web Services (AWS) adoption experience for customers with an enhanced strategic channel partnership announced Monday. With the partnership, Rackspace seeks to address the common lack of internal resources and expertise needed to quickly and effectively move workloads.
The new strategic relationship has three key components, according to the announcement. Rackspace will offer Solution and Migration Advisory Services, including AWS-specific technical resources to help plan migration, along with assessment of workloads, from server types and configurations to systems architecture design, to ensure the best fit.
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Migration Service Delivery allows customers to tap Rackspace support and engineers with access to AWS professional services to efficiently migrate or provision new applications on AWS.
Rackspace Advanced Migration Tooling uses automation to allow customers to move various workloads to AWS via a point-and-click self-service interface within the Rackspace Control Panel.
“We have worked closely with Rackspace over the last several years and have been very impressed by their dedication to invest in the capabilities required to become one of the next-generation leaders in the AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program,” said Terry Wise, global vice president of channels and alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Rackspace is a solid example of an AWS


(Bloomberg) — China’s Communist Party is curbing the online activities of its 89 million members ahead of a leadership shake-up in a few months.
The new rules made public on Tuesday said that all party cadres face punishment if they visit “illegal websites” or disclose party and state secrets online. Cadres need permission from the party before registering social media accounts or setting up a WeChat group that contains their job information, the party’s personnel, propaganda and cyber watchdog said.
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Party’s members could also face punishment for passing information online that damages the image of the party and the leadership, the rules said. Violators could be punished with party regulations and the nation’s laws, they said.
The new rules come amid a surge in restrictions on free expression ahead of the 19th Party Congress, a meeting of top leaders that will mark the halfway point for President Xi Jinping’s presumed term in office. The president has recently warned military and government officials to stay loyal as he asserts his power ahead of the meeting a few months from now.
China already blocks access to Twitter, Facebook and news websites such as the New York Times. Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service was partially blocked in China in July, and the government has begun cracking down on virtual private networks — a technology that allows users to route their data

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