Dell Unveils OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Solution

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hosting ServicesROUND ROCK, Texas – To further advance the adoption of open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Dell today announced the first available cloud solution offering based on the OpenStack platform—the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution. Customers seeking alternatives to existing cloud options based on proprietary, licensed software models can now utilize the Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution, which integrates the OpenStack cloud operating system, cloud-optimized Dell PowerEdge C servers, the Dell-developed “Crowbar” OpenStack installer, and services from Dell and Rackspace Cloud Builders.

The Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution comes with a reference architecture designed to help customers quickly integrate, deploy and manage their IT resources in an OpenStack environment. Tested, validated, and supported by Dell, the reference architecture is based on Dell PowerEdge C Series servers, which capture the efficiencies and design lessons learned from some of the world’s largest hosting and cloud providers, while being engineered to maximize revenue per-square foot within the data center. Read more

Apica Announces Entry Into the Rackspace Cloud Tools Program

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Hosting ServicesPALO ALTO, CA – Apica, a leading European load testing and performance-monitoring provider for cloud and mobile applications, today announced it has entered into the Cloud Tools Program with Rackspace® Hosting, (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry. Apica is offering its highly effective, state-of-the-art cloud load testing tools through a free trial made available to Rackspace customers for a “smoke test” to show how applications will perform under stressed load conditions. With Apica LoadTest, users may reduce the risk of project failure due to capacity and load issues and ensure excellence in the cloud.

Leading research firms Forrester and Gartner predict the global market for cloud computing will grow six-fold in the next 10 years. As more businesses move to cloud computing, it’s absolutely critical these businesses test their cloud applications prior to deployment to ensure uptime and optimal performance levels. Failure to deliver performance in an application will have a significant impact on the business. Apica solutions test, monitor and optimize cloud applications, and give businesses a true understanding of how their cloud applications perform. Read more

Zeus Powers Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Webmaster ToolboxSAN MATEO, Calif. – Zeus Technology, the only pure, software-based application traffic management (Application Delivery Controller) company, today announced that its load balancing technology is powering the Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers. With Zeus software, Rackspace, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, is providing its customers with the ability to quickly load balance and scale multiple Cloud Servers™ for optimal resource utilization.

Zeus’ pure software application delivery controller, Zeus Traffic Manager, helps to enable Rackspace customers to deliver applications within the Rackspace cloud. Implementing this solution in Rackspace’s suite of cloud solutions, including Cloud Sites™, Cloud Files™ and Cloud Servers™, can help customers improve application performance, increase application availability and better manage application updates. Read more

Rackspace Brings Managed Cloud Services to the UK

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Webmaster ToolboxLONDON – Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announces the addition of managed support to its UK cloud service, providing customers with 24x7x365 managed services and competitive Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The new UK offering marries Rackspace’s scalable on-demand Cloud Servers with monitoring and troubleshooting support.

Rackspace has over 4,000 customers using its UK cloud infrastructure as demand for pay-as-you-go computing has been steadily growing. Cloud Servers with managed service level provides IT scalability with the assurance of support from Rackspace’s dedicated support teams offering around-the-clock management and guidance. The service is already available in the US and the UK service will unite these tried and tested support techniques with UK-specific expertise. Read more

Rackspace Hosting to Offer Hosted Virtual Desktop Platform

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Webmaster ToolboxSAN ANTONIO – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, announced at Citrix Summit 2011 today the availability of the Rackspace hosted virtual desktop platform. The hosted virtual desktop platform utilizes Rackspace’s comprehensive hosting services and may be paired with industry leading desktop virtualization solutions from Citrix and other joint channel partners. The offering enables customers to host their virtual desktops on their choice of dedicated and/or cloud solutions.

The market for hosted virtual desktop platforms is growing considerably as virtual desktops are increasingly adopted in the enterprise.  In fact, Gartner expects mainstream adoption of virtual desktops to take place in 2012 through 2014, with 70 million users by 2014[i]. Desktop virtualization solutions, such as Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenApp™, deliver on-demand virtual desktops and applications anywhere users are and on almost any device, including PCs, smartphones, and even tablets. Because of this, virtual desktops can provide:
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SendGrid & Rackspace Team Up to Provide Leading Transactional Email Service to Rackspace Customers

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Webmaster ToolboxSAN FRANCISCO, CA – SendGrid, the most trusted email infrastructure service, has announced a strategic relationship with Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry. The relationship will bring SendGrid’s leading email delivery, real-time analytics capabilities and scalability to Rackspace customers.

Rackspace provides enterprise-level managed hosting, cloud hosting, email and apps products to over 140,000 customers around the world. Rackspace also offers its customers a renowned commitment to its hallmark customer service, Fanatical Support®. The collaboration between Rackspace and SendGrid stems from the companies’ shared emphasis on providing the highest level of customer support and quality of service. Read more

Rackspace UK Spins up a Cloud Storm with SMBs and Enterprise

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Webmaster ToolboxLONDON – Rackspace, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announces that its UK operation has signed over 3,000 cloud customers including system tracking experts Phantom and content management specialists Juicy Media, in just three months since its UK cloud launch in January.

To help Rackspace understand more about their cloud customers, they initiated a survey of the new UK cloud customers. The survey indicated that key sectors were utilizing cloud computing, including web development / design (which 33% of the new customers identified as their primary industry), IT services (20%), SaaS (11%), e-commerce (7%) and news / media (5%). Read more

Next Generation Rackspace Cloud Files with Akamai Integration

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Webmaster ToolboxSAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Utilizing its relationship with Akamai, Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced the addition of CNAMES which further extends the capabilities of its overall Cloud Files product offering.

Rackspace Cloud Files provides businesses of all sizes fundamental tools for building new applications in the cloud. Cloud Files, built on OpenStack’s Object Storage technology, is enterprise ready, highly scalable and serves content through its Akamai-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering. Read more

Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers Brings Ease of Use and Fanatical Support to Load Balancing

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Hosting ServicesSAN ANTONIO – Rackspace® Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced the availability of Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers. Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers provides operational efficiency to customers, is easy to set up and provides seamless integration with Rackspace Cloud Servers™ or Rackspace dedicated servers.

With this offering, businesses of all sizes can now have access to a new cloud-based load balancing solution that gives them the ability to scale mission critical applications or quickly build high availability configurations. The automated component distributes workloads across multiple Rackspace Cloud Servers to minimize response time and avoid server overload. Rackspace customers benefit from being able to intuitively set up a load balancer in minutes while providing application fault-tolerance cost-effectively. Read more

Dell, Equinix and Rackspace Collaborate to Launch OpenStack Cloud Demonstration Environment

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Web Hosting BlogREDWOOD CITY, CA – Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL), Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX) and Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX) today announced that they have collaborated to develop an OpenStack™ cloud demonstration and test environment. The demo environment will be available in three data centers: the Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Ashburn, Va., and the Rackspace data center in Chicago, Ill. The companies also plan to collaborate on additional demo environments in Equinix data centers in Europe and Asia in the second quarter of 2011. The demonstration environment allows organizations to easily and rapidly assess applications on the open-source cloud platform, simplifying the evaluation process and speeding the deployment of OpenStack proof of concepts (POCs). It is the first demonstration of an open standard platform where geographically dispersed OpenStack clouds can offer customers the ability to move applications and workloads between them.

OpenStack is a collection of open-source technologies delivering a massively scalable cloud platform for public and private clouds. Originally founded by Rackspace and NASA, OpenStack has grown to be a global software community of developers, technologists, researchers and more than 50 organizations collaborating to help enable any organization to create and offer cloud computing services running on standard hardware. Read more

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