Mayor Ivy Taylor speaks to the audience at Rackspace on Thursday. Photo by Joan Vinson.

Intel and Rackspace Announce New Innovation Center

For the naysayers of 2014 who predicted the demise or departure of Rackspace, saying it couldn’t remain competitive in the expanding cloud universe from its San Antonio base, Thursday’s announcement that Intel and Rackspace are teaming up to create an “OpenStack Innovation Center” in San Antonio should allay any lingering doubts.

(From left) Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, Rackspace and 80/20 Foundation founder Graham Weston, UTSA Provost John Frederick, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff listen as UTSA Presdient Ricardo Romo launches the Open Cloud Institute. Courtesy image.

Open Cloud Institute Launches at UTSA With $9 Million Investment

 The University of Texas at San Antonio announced the creation of the Open Cloud Institute on Thursday, taking the university one step closer to its aspiration to become a tech-driven Tier One research university. The “institute,” at this stage more of an initiative, will develop degree programs in cloud computing and big data.