Rackspace vs Windows Azure

Rackspace Cloud offers four alternative hosting products: Cloud Servers for on-demand computing power; Cloud Sites for robust web hosting; Cloud Load Balancers for easy, on-demand load balancing and high availability; and Cloud Files for elastic online file storage and CDN.Rackspace Cloud hosting customers never need to worry about buying new hardware to meet increasing traffic demands or huge traffic spikes.
Windows Azure
Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any alternative language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Comparing Rackspace vs Windows Azure is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Windows Azure has better video than Rackspace

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Rackspace has more user-friendly interface than Windows Azure because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Windows Azure is more popular than Rackspace

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Rackspace acquires multi-platform hybrid IT management solution Datapipe (in 2017)
- Microsoft launched new archival storage option for Azure (in 2017)
- Microsoft launches new tools to help enterprises move to its Azure cloud (in 2017)
- Rackspace adds cloud optimization platform to its private cloud (in 2016)
- Following SAP and Oracle, IBM jumps to Microsoft Azure (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure appliance makes comeback (in 2014)
- Microsoft and Docker team up to make containers play nice on Windows Server and Azure (in 2014)
- Rackspace will sell and manage Google Apps (in 2014)
- Rackspace guarantees 99.99% uptime of private cloud (in 2014)
- Microsoft Azure now also supports Google's Kubernetes (in 2014)

Looks like Windows Azure was recently more active than Rackspace (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Rackspace and Windows Azure meet head to head:

2014 - Rackspace guarantees 99.99% uptime of private cloud to keep up competition with Windows Azure

Rackspace is so confident with the new release of its private cloud software on its cloud computing open source OpenStack creation, that it's guaranteeing success for enterprise workload production. Rackspace debuted its private cloud in the summer of 2013, and now beefed up its offering with a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee, increased scalability to hundreds of nodes and DevOps automation services for application lifecycle management. Recently Rackspace can't compete with Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure that can afford to provide much lower pricing, so Rackspace tries to use momentum through its private cloud.

2010 - Rackspace added Windows to its Cloud

Rackspace Cloud
Rackspace Cloud platfrom, which, due to affordable pricing and ease of administration, attracted a lot of customers from Amazon, has added Windows Cloud Server to it's pool of services. Previously, it was possible to create only Linux-instances. However, unlike Linux-servers, Rackspace's pricing for Windows-instances is not so attractive and is higher than at Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure. Minimal instance configuration (1 GB of memory, 40 GB storage and 30 Mb/s bandwidth) costs $0.08/hour (about $58/month). Amazon's small Windows-server 1.7Gb/140Gb (i.e. about 2 times higher) costs $ 0.12/hour. In addition, Windows-server at Rackspace can only be scaled up and there is no way to scale down. Much more interesting is Rackspace recent initiative to create open-source cloud platform Openstack.