September 20, 2011 10:05 ET

Rackspace Offers Hosted Virtual Desktop Platform in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Cloud hosted infrastructure solution helps reduce IT resource needs and delivers desktop virtualisation benefits

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the service leader in the cloud, today announced the EMEA launch of its new Hosted Virtual Desktop platform. Available immediately, the service enables customers to host their virtual desktops on a choice of dedicated and/or cloud-based infrastructures. It leverages industry leading desktop virtualisation technologies from Citrix, NetApp and other Rackspace solution partners.

The Rackspace Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) platform combines powerful compute platforms with highly scalable and efficient NetApp® storage to enable the provisioning of thousands of virtual desktops quickly with virtually instant desktop cloning. By using the new service to host desktop virtualisation solutions, such as Citrix XenDesktop® and Citrix XenApp™, companies benefit from on-demand virtual desktops and applications on almost any device, including PCs, smartphones and even tablets.

David Kelly, UK MD and SVP of International, Rackspace, said: "Hosting virtual desktops with Rackspace allows companies to reduce deployment times of upgrades and new desktop infrastructure while reducing capital expenditure. Simultaneously, this will allow companies to free up IT resources for more critical internal business operations."

The platform combines the company's hybrid cloud offering, RackConnect™, with its Fanatical Support® to deliver a powerful and flexible new service. With RackConnect, customers have the best of both worlds. It allows them to deploy a virtual desktop solution that utilises a private cloud - which helps address security and compliance concerns and gives them the ability to manage and control servers – and The Rackspace Cloud – giving them the benefits of the scalability and cost effectiveness of the cloud servers for XenApp environments.

Working with vendor partners Citrix and NetApp, Rackspace has selected a number of industry leading desktop virtualisation solutions specialists with whom it can offer a comprehensive HVD solution to the market. These include Infosys, Point to Point, Centralis and Intrinsic Technology.

"We're tapping our community of partners and their networks to provide our European customers with a hosted virtual desktop platform that offers them choices," said Kelly. "Providing Fanatical Support on top of our solutions portfolio produces exceptional business outcomes for our customers and that is what we do best. By working with partners such as Citrix and its network of nearly 9,000 global partners, enterprises now have instant access to the infrastructure they need, whether it's a dedicated environment for virtual desktop infrastructure or for shared hosted desktops."

"NetApp is proud to be collaborating with Rackspace's solution partners to underpin this virtual desktop platform in EMEA," said Nick Thurlow, VP, EMEA Partner and Pathways at NetApp. "Rackspace has taken full advantage of NetApp's Service Provider Partner Program in order to develop this offering, which can ultimately lead to greater flexibility and efficiency for its customers."

For more information about the Rackspace hosted virtual desktop platform please visit: http://www.rackspace.co.uk/hostedvirtualdesktop/ or http://www.rackspace.com/partners/solution_partners/index.php?partner_id=204

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting is the world's leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, and the founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud platform. Rackspace provides Fanatical Support® to its customers, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing. In 2010, Rackspace was recognised by the Sunday Times Best Places to Work and Financial Times Top 50 Great Place to Work in the United Kingdom for the seventh year in a row. The company was also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the "2010 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting. For more information, visit www.rackspace.co.uk.

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