Rackspace Launches Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat

Rackspace's latest managed cloud offering delivers OpenStack-as-a-service backed by a 99.99 percent API uptime guarantee.

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NEW YORK—Rackspace today announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, which delivers OpenStack private clouds-as-a-service using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

Announced at the Rackspace::Solve event here, the new offering expands the Rackspace OpenStack-as-a-service product portfolio, further extending the company's strategy to deliver reliable and easy-to-use OpenStack private and hybrid clouds.

"As the leading operator of OpenStack clouds with the most comprehensive OpenStack product portfolio in the industry, Rackspace is expanding our managed services and expertise to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform," said Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace, in a statement. "We help make OpenStack simple by eliminating the complexity and delivering it as-a-service to customers in their data center, a Rackspace data center or in a co-location facility."

The new offering is fully managed by OpenStack and Red Hat experts at Rackspace and backed by Rackspace's promise of Fanatical Support. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat provides public cloud benefits with the security, control and performance of an enterprise environment, Hanson said. The offering also is backed by Rackspace's 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee.

Moreover, Rackspace is contributing to Red Hat's continued efforts to improve Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform by testing and certifying for broad hardware and software compatibility, performance and availability. Rackspace manages and maintains the Red Hat environment including the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform so customers can focus on their business applications and not their infrastructure, the company said.

"This solution will further accelerate the adoption of OpenStack by bringing its power to customers keen to consume private cloud delivered as a managed service," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack at Red Hat, who joined Hanson onstage to announce the expansion of the companies' partnership. "Red Hat and Rackspace have a long history of working together to deliver leading technology solutions to customers, and we look forward to continuing to drive great outcomes for our customers through this extension of our relationship."

As the 2015 Red Hat North American Cloud Partner of the Year with more than 170 Red Hat certifications and OpenStack operational expertise, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to deliver this service to customers.

"The primary barrier to OpenStack adoption is complexity; the No. 2 reason is there is a lack of available talent in the industry," Hanson said at the Rackspace::Solve event. "We eliminate that fear that there's not enough talent in the market, and we eliminate the complexities by delivering OpenStack as a service and backing it up with our industry-leading SLA."