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Rackspace Hosting

June 24, 2014 02:00 ET

Rackspace Launches Performance Cloud Servers in Hong Kong

New Offering Provides Enhanced Level of Application Performance to Managed and Hybrid Cloud Customers in Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - June 24, 2014) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) today announced that its redesigned public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers will be available in Hong Kong. This new offering creates a powerful hosting platform for a variety of workloads, ranging from web hosting, e-commerce applications to larger scale NoSQL data stores like MongoDB and Cassandra. The offering will be available to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region including Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Greater China.

Companies in Asia-Pacific are rapidly adopting hybrid cloud to increase application response and scalability, as well as expand the range of workloads running in the cloud. According to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017(1).

With Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack®, customers can connect the new cloud servers to dedicated bare metal servers as part of the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud, which can provide an unparalleled level of application performance.

"As a premium international carrier, and the home airline of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific selected Rackspace for its extensive cloud expertise and ability to provide scalable flexibility across our marketing websites and Facebook presence," said Cathy Hornby, manager digital retail for Cathay Pacific. "Scalability is important for Cathay Pacific as our marketing needs change throughout the course of the year, which is just one of the reasons why the Rackspace cloud-based solution fits our needs perfectly."

With the unique combination of hybrid cloud architecture, open source technologies and Fanatical Support®, Rackspace provides expert help through all aspects of the customer's experience, from planning and architecting to day-to-day proactive management of customer's hosted infrastructure to help ensure workloads are continuously up and running.

"With companies in Hong Kong and throughout the Asia-Pacific region in need of faster network capabilities to improve connectivity and application performance, we have launched Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers to help meet our customers' needs," said Ajit Melarkode, managing director for Rackspace Asia Pacific. "Now, with Performance Cloud Servers as part of our Hong Kong managed and hybrid cloud portfolio, companies can deliver services faster than ever before while at the same time, have a team of specialists to manage and operate all of the hosted infrastructure activities required to be successful on the cloud. In turn, this allows companies to focus on managing their business, without worrying about the performance of their IT systems." 

The Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host. These servers deliver more total performance over existing Cloud Servers as follows*:

  • 4x more total RAM
  • 2x more total CPU performance
  • 132x more total disk I/O (input/output)
  • 8.3x more total network bandwidth
  • 2.6x more total overall performance

For more information on Performance Cloud Servers visit,  

* Benchmarks compare a 30GB Standard Cloud Server to a 120GB Performance Cloud Server, the largest available in each class. Multiple tests were run for each benchmark and the average score taken. Linux kernel compile time was used to measure CPU performance, fio to measure disk I/O, iperf to measure network bandwidth and unixbench to measure overall performance.

** Benchmarks use fio to compare Cloud Block Storage Standard and SSD volume performance on a 15GB Standard Cloud Server and 15GB Performance Cloud Server. Multiple tests were run and the average score taken.

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the managed cloud specialist. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each company the best fit for its unique needs -- whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Headquartered in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers; anticipated operational and financial benefits from Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers; including any statements concerning expected development, performance or operational results related to any particular customer or customers of our customers associated with our cloud solutions; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits from Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely affect the product's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, (vi) issues relating to the performance of a customer's configuration caused by forces outside of the control of Rackspace; and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the year ended March 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on May 12, 2014. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

(1) Private Cloud Matures, Hybrid Cloud Is Next, Gartner, Inc 2013

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