Rackspace delivers managed private cloud to ease enterprise adoption



Rackspace unveiled this week a fully-managed private cloud that would run in any data center globally without bearing the high cost, risk and operational burden of doing it themselves. This new solution enables customers to run OpenStack private clouds, while enterprises can free up money and resources by moving their IT infrastructure from a capital expense to an operating expense model.

By delivering OpenStack everywhere, the new integrated software, hardware and services solution can answer CIO demand for managed services for private cloud on their own terms – meeting customers at every step of their cloud journey whether it is in a customer or third party data center, a Rackspace-supported third party colocation facility or a Rackspace data center.

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack is a managed private cloud deployment of upstream OpenStack delivered as-a-service with a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee.The Rackspace offering powered by OpenStack has been designed using open standards, built on an open source software stack and managed by OpenStack.

Customers deploy a Rackspace designed purpose-built OpenStack private cloud in any data center, anywhere in the world, with a fully tested integrated modular rack of hardware, software and services.Rackspace technicians then manage the end-to-end deployment, monitoring and operations of the integrated solutions and help on-board the customers to their new OpenStack private cloud environment.

From the floor tiles all the way up the service stack, Rackspace extends Fanatical Support to the customer’s OpenStack private cloud, managing the underlying OpenStack software, hardware and networking. Users receive service level agreements combined with OpenStack operational expertise from Rackspace backed by a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee.

“Rackspace continues to break down the barriers of enterprise cloud adoption by giving companies even more choice and flexibility in their data center transformation. With this new solution, Rackspace is making OpenStack possible for its customers no matter what the environment,” said Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “There is an increase in hybrid cloud adoption and Rackspace is operationalizing and simplifying it with this approach.”

By leveraging integrated infrastructure, Rackspace’s prescriptive deployment model, application-level automation and its OpenStack operational expertise enhance customer productivity.

“When OpenStack is consumed as a managed service, businesses can remove non-core operations, reduce software licensing, and minimize infrastructure acquisition and IT operations costs,” said Darrin Hanson, Rackspace’s general manager and vice president of OpenStack Private Cloud.

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