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Rackspace Private Cloud Leverages VMware to Extend Enterprise Computing on Demand
Rackspace® Hosting, the world’s leader in hosting, today announced its new Private Cloud offering, which allows customers to run the centrally managed VMware virtualization platform on private dedicated hardware environments. Rackspace recognizes the demand from enterprises for a more flexible and scalable hosting solution. Although multi-tenant cloud solutions are very flexible and cost-effective, they are not always right for every segment. The Rackspace Private Cloud’s single-tenant architecture offers increased control and security, while still maintaining the scalability, flexibility and resource optimization that make shared cloud offerings so compelling.

“Rackspace provides an excellent option for customers to take advantage of the cloud,” said Dan Chu, vice president, emerging products and markets, VMware. “Enterprises who purchase the Rackspace Private Cloud can count on the powerful combination of VMware’s industry-leading virtualization platform and Rackspace’s reliable hosting environment and infrastructure.”

Rackspace Private Cloud is an evolution of its popular dedicated virtual server (DVS) offering within the managed hosting business unit. In the last year, revenue from virtualization solutions has grown substantially, driven mainly by the increased flexibility, improved asset utilization and lower capital and operating costs that VMware’s virtualization provides.

“Rackspace is implementing a true hybrid hosting vision that allows customers to create a blend of the right hosting solutions — from dedicated, to multi-tenant cloud to specialized application hosting such as email — each backed by our industry leading support. The Rackspace Private Cloud is one piece of the entire hybrid vision,” said John Engates, Rackspace CTO. “Computing is changing at a rapid pace, and customers require that we stay ahead of the curve to continue providing best-in-class offers. We view the Rackspace Private Cloud as having a large impact for our enterprise customers who need the flexibility, scalability, and reliability provided by VMware’s virtualization, paired with the control and security of a dedicated environment. It is the best of both worlds for those enterprises looking to explore the benefits of external cloud solutions, without as much risk.”

Rackspace Private Cloud Configuration Chart

  Processing Power     16Ghz     35Ghz     35Ghz  
  Memory     16GB RAM     32GB RAM     32GB RAM  
  SAN Storage    

100GB FC SAN /



100GB FC SAN /



500GB FC SAN /


  Bandwidth     1TB     1TB     1TB  

The new Rackspace Private Cloud offering provides new pricing and configuration options that further extend the value for customers. The savings for customers can be substantial and further cost reductions can be achieved by the ability to quickly provision, deploy and take down virtualized server instances, using only what is needed. As with all Rackspace products, Private Cloud is backed-up by Rackspace’s award-winning Fanatical Support®.

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:19 PM by David Marshall
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