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Rackspace Expands VMware Private Cloud as a Service to Customer Data Centers

Rackspace extended its leadership in the private cloud market with the launch of Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere, powered by VMware, a Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS) enabling cloud servers and storage to be in most data centers or colocation facilities around the world. With this announcement, Rackspace brings the benefits of PCaaS to more organizations and more applications, making their digital transformation faster, more successful, and more affordable. Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere brings the power of cloud to the customer’s data center, enabling companies to more easily comply with data sovereignty requirements and improve performance and customer satisfaction by locating cloud resources closer to users.

“Today marks a new era for the VMware cloud market. For the first time, enterprises can have a fully managed VMware private cloud as a service located wherever their users need it,” said Scott Crenshaw, executive vice president, private clouds at Rackspace. “Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere makes private cloud the optimal platform for even more enterprises and workloads. Customers receive public cloud-like services, with the ease of migration, security, performance and economic advantages of private clouds.”

PCaaS offers enterprises a strategic platform for the majority of workloads, offered wherever the customer needs it, and helps address a range of requirements and issues faced by enterprises undergoing digital transformation. With this solution, enterprises can take advantage of the benefits of PCaaS, including:  

  • Available Everywhere: Customers have the flexibility to deploy a private cloud wherever they want – in Rackspace data centers, in their existing data centers, or in a third-party colocation facility like Switch’s Tier 5 Platinum Data Centers – which can help them address data sovereignty requirements, provide connectivity for applications, support high performance analytics, address low latency requirements, and overcome data gravity issues.
  • Successful Path to Cloud: PCaaS provides an easier and safer migration path that doesn’t require costly and time-consuming application refactoring and allows organizations to continue to leverage their existing application ecosystem. Rackspace backs PCaaS with industry-leading SLAs, including a 99.99 percent API uptime guarantee, a 100 percent network uptime guarantee, a 15-minute live response time to emergency tickets, and 24x7x365 access to our cloud experts.
  • Better Economics: Rackspace PCaaS customers see 39 percent savings versus building and operating private clouds themselves1. Rackspace PCaaS also offers customers a choice of economic models enabling them to consume private cloud primarily as operating expenses or capital expenditures, and with innovative on-demand options.
  • Ability to Transfer Operations Over Time: Rackspace also offers its Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) program for customers that want help getting started in cloud but want the option to later operate it themselves. Rackspace BOT implements a structure knowledge transfer process, giving customers increasing exposure to and responsibility for cloud operations, under the supervision of Rackspace cloud experts.

“Enterprise IT expectations have evolved. The market increasingly demands flexibility in cloud deployment models, to address varying workload and organizational needs,” said Deepak Mohan, Research Director at IDC. “The Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere is a response to this need – bringing together a mix of hosted and owned deployment models, unified under the established VMware cloud environment and delivered through a trusted technology partner. This will increase the consistency, flexibility, and migration paths available to customers, as they execute on their cloud journey.”

“Rackspace has a proven track record helping customers successfully move their business to the cloud,” said Ajay Patel, senior vice president and general manager, cloud provider software business unit at VMware. “Rackspace Private Cloud Everywhere, powered by VMware, provides customers a common operating environment, located wherever a customer needs it, spanning customer data centers, Rackspace locations, or third party facilities. With Rackspace, we are delivering an optimal environment for all applications—custom-built, packaged, virtualized, and SaaS. We are pleased that Rackspace is providing customers with their choice of location to help bring this technology to more enterprises across the globe as companies look to transform their IT operations.” 

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