SOURCE: Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting

August 29, 2016 13:00 ET

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by VMware to Support VMware Software-Defined Data Center Technologies

Accelerate Enterprises' Journey to the Hybrid Cloud With New NSX, Virtual SAN and vRealize Automation Capabilities

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - August 29, 2016) - Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), a VMware vCloud Air Network partner, today announced from VMworld® that it will support VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies including VMware NSX®, Virtual SAN™ and vRealize® Suite as a part of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware. The offering, available in early access in October 2016, will accelerate enterprises' journey from their data centers to the hybrid cloud by transitioning on-premises workloads into a Rackspace-hosted SDDC environment.

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware helps enable enterprises to run, migrate or extend their on-premises workloads into a dedicated single-tenant private cloud. With this new offering, Rackspace is extending support beyond VMware compute virtualization to include network virtualization, software-defined storage and cloud management platform support. This will give customers native access to VMware SDDC technologies with the enhanced security of a single-tenant private cloud, backed by Fanatical Support®.

"With more than a decade's worth of VMware operational expertise gained from operating thousands of virtual machines and hypervisors on a global scale, Rackspace is well positioned to extend support capabilities to VMware SDDC technologies," said Kaushik Balasubramanian, senior director of VMware Practice at Rackspace. "This is a logical step toward helping facilitate enterprise adoption of the hybrid cloud model, while accelerating businesses' journey toward the software-defined model of infrastructure. This also furthers our company mission to provide the best expertise and support for the world's leading clouds."

Rackspace support for VMware SDDC technologies allows customers to offload daily management while gaining the following benefits:

  • Consistent Tooling and Code: Customers can migrate or extend to the VMware cloud without retooling environments or refactoring code by leveraging the same VMware technology that enterprises run in their data centers through Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware.
  • On-Demand Access and Automation with Control: Customers receive self service access to VMware virtualization infrastructure, applications and custom services in the cloud. Enterprise central IT can further enable the DevOps model by automating the rapid delivery of resources internally, while maintaining control through policy-based governance and resource quotas, service levels, and security and compliance standards.
  • Leverage Existing VMware Investments: Customers maintain value of existing investments made in training, VMware technology and familiar tools by accelerating adoption of software-defined infrastructure.
  • Managed by Rackspace, Powered by VMware: Customers have access to 24x7x365 Fanatical Support more than 100 VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) to help migrate, architect, secure and operate VMware clouds. Rackspace was named Service Provider Partner of the Year in the 2015 Americas VMware Partner Innovation Awards for achievements in the partner ecosystem.

"VMware software-defined data center technologies aim to meet enterprise demand for a solution that will ease adoption and automation of the cloud," said Geoff Waters, vice president, Global Service Providers at VMware. "We are excited to strengthen our alignment with Rackspace, a strategic vCloud Air Network partner, as the company extends its Fanatical Support to the SDDC stack to help bring this technology to more enterprises across the globe. We look forward to our continued collaboration."

According to Gartner, "For data center and infrastructure software providers, investing in the development of appropriate and disruptive SDDC technologies is essential. Customers and prospects are looking for benefits such as improved agility and reduced capital expenditure (capex), which SDDC technologies can deliver. SDDC also includes features and capabilities such as abstraction, instrumentation and policy management, which should be programmable, automated and orchestrated. The combination of these capabilities fosters innovations that optimize infrastructure and application use of underlying infrastructure."1

Rackspace support for VMware SDDC will be available in early access in the U.S. in October 2016. To learn more about Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware, visit: http://go.rackspace.com/dedicated-servers-govmware-getsddc.

1 Gartner, SDx: Build and Market Software-Defined Data Center Offerings Primer for 2016, Fabrizio Biscotti, Roger W. Cox, Michael Warrilow, Joe Skorupa, Naresh Singh, 28 January 2016

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Rackspace
Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Forward Looking Statement
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 Private Cloud powered by VmWare product; anticipated operational and financial benefits from the Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VmWare product; 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 the Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VmWare product may not materialize because this Program is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the services cost effectively, differentiate the services from competitive products or services or to communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the services, (iii) changes in technology which adversely affect the service's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the services, and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's 10-Q for the quarter year ended June 30, 2016, filed with the SEC on August 9, 2016. 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.

Rackspace and Fanatical Support are either service marks or registered service marks of Rackspace US, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, products and brands remain the sole property of their respective holders and do not imply endorsement or sponsorship. The use of the word 'partner' or 'channel partner' does not imply a partnership relationship between Rackspace and any other company.

VMware, VMworld, NSX, Virtual SAN, vRealize, and vRealize Suite are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/8/29/11G112106/Images/RPCVMW_Logo-5c8609df68a596f5b2ca8d416bb015d3.jpeg
Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/8/29/11G112106/Images/RackerWorkingOnServer-1fb801da05dfba5fae69876cae402d05.jpg

Contact Information