Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dinner with Rackspace founder Patrick Condon

Last night I had a very interesting conversation over dinner with Patrick Condon founder of Rackspace. Our conversation ranged from why VC's suck to how to build your own Cloud. What's interesting about rackspace has been there apparent lack of interest in "Cloud Computing". Not so says Condon. It became extremely clear he is very familiar with the latest trends and appears to have his finger on the pulse of the industry. My guess is Rackspace is waiting for the perfect moment to jump in.

A few Interesting points from our conversation.
  • You don't need to be first, you need to better then the rest
  • Customer support is more important then any other metric
  • The future lies in the Cloud, (I could of told you this)
  • We are in the midst of a major shift in the hosting business.
I found it interesting he had little to say about their "platform as a service" offering Mosso. I can only wonder what kind of uptake that service is getting. I've always been more partial to infrastructure as a service over platform.

What's also interesting is with the new support offering from Amazon, AWS appears to have rackspace directly in their sights. Condon doesn't seemed phased, he seems to think that this movement toward cloud computing will ultimately help his company more then hurt it. Only time will tell if Rackspace adapts to the this latest evolution in hosting.

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