Rackspace vs Virtustream

Last updated: May 18, 2018

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.
Dell's Virtustream Enterprise Class Cloud provides a secure, highly available, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enterprises and government customers.
Rackspace vs Virtustream in our news:

2018. Rackspace acquired Salesforce specialist RelationEdge

Rackspace has acquired RelationEdge, a Salesforce implementation partner . Rackspace is still best known for its hosting and managed cloud and infrastructure services. So the company clearly wants to expand its portfolio, though, and add managed services for SaaS applications to its lineup. It made the first step in this direction with the acquisition of TriCore last year, another company in the enterprise application management space. Today’s acquisition builds upon this theme.

2017. Rackspace acquires multi-platform hybrid IT management solution Datapipe

Rackspace to acquire Datapipe, one of its largest competitors in the managed public and private cloud services business. While Datapipe has been extremely successful in the enterprise and with government customers, Rackspace has traditionally focused more on the mid-market segment. The two companies didn’t typically compete on every deal and he stressed that even their product portfolios are quite different, too. While Rackspace could have gained similar technical capabilities by making a number of smaller acquisitions, that process would have taken much longer and wouldn’t necessarily have given Rackspace access to the kind of customers that Datapipe currently works with. Those customers include a large number of large public-sector companies, but also the U.S. departments of defense, energy and justice, in addition to the U.K.’s cabinet office, ministry of justice and department of transportation.

2016. Rackspace added cloud optimization platform to its private cloud

Rackspace partnered with AppFormix to bring its cloud monitoring and performance optimization tools to its private OpenStack cloud. This will give Rackspace customers access to AppFormix’s real-time monitoring, analytics and optimization tools (and Rackspace’s engineers will also use these to manage cloud for their customers). For RackSpace, this is a somewhat unusual move. The company typically builds its own tools for managing the technical side of its cloud businesses (and it was the founding member of the OpenStack project, together with NASA).

2015. EMC acquired IaaS platform Virtustream

EMC purchased Virtustream, a cloud management firm, for $1.2 billion. The company has indicated it will incorporate Virtustream as the company’s newly formed cloud managed services business. The Virtustream purchase is a huge step in the right direction as it gives it a managed services business in the cloud, an area that addresses a huge pain point for large enterprise customers around moving and managing software like SAP to the cloud. These companies struggle with how to move these large applications to the cloud, and a company like Virtustream can help ease the way.  If it can take Virtustream and fold it smoothly into the corporate fabric, this will be a good purchase. The problem is that with any purchase, combining companies and cultures is always a challenge, and the devil remains in the detail.

2014. Rackspace will sell and manage Google Apps

Cloud provider Rackspace will now sell and support Google Apps for Work to business customers, just like it already resells and supports hosted Exchange and Sharepoint for business customers. Google Apps for Work  sold directly starts at $5 per user per month with 30 GB of online storage. A version with unlimited storage is $10 per user per month. Rackspace will charge $10 per user per month for basic and $15 per month for unlimited. That extra $5 gets you Rackspace’s claimed “fanatical support” which includes help with provisioning, security configuration, device management and help with migration issues and account management.

2014. Rackspace guarantees 99.99% uptime of private cloud

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 launched a dating service for apps and their users

After Amazon had entered the niche of low-cost cloud platforms (where previously Rackspace ruled), Rackspace has to look for the new ways to attract customers and provide value-added services for them. One of these services is AppMatcher - a marketplace, where SaaS-applications and their users can find each other. It's designed in a very original way - it imitates dating site. The potential customer enters basic information about his organization (industry, number of employees, the IT budget, department) and the service finds apps, that may be interesting for him. After  registration in the online account he can specify more parameters about his business and app criteria, to narrow the search results. He can also invite co-workers and discuss potentially useful applications with them in the online account. On the other hand, developers add their SaaS apps (for free), filling in the questionnaire list. And it's not necessary that the app was hosted on Rackspace.

2010. Rackspace added Windows to its 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.

2010. Rackspace wants to be Linux for Cloud Computing

As we recently mentioned, the private clouds have become the necessary intermediate step in moving companies to public cloud platforms. In result we see more and more private cloud solutions on the market. Basically it's a game for IT giants: IBM, Oracle, HP. These vendors use to supply the ready-made cloud solutions: servers + virtualization + operating systems + DBMS ... So companies are forced to buy all this staff combined and can't use the equipment in the existing data centers. It's like buying a computer from Apple with all included. But recently the pure software solutions for creating enterprise clouds appear. Moreover, one of the major cloud providers Rackspace has initiated the project of creating the free open-source platform for building clouds - OpenStack - something similar to Linux in the world of computers.

2009. Rackspace enters the enterprise collaboration market

Rackspace is known first of all as the top Amazon competitor on the Cloud Computing platforms market (Amazon Web Services vs Rackspace Cloud). But while Amazon continues developing its IaaS niche (Infrastructure for third-party web services), Rackspace decided to create its own Web services for the enterprise market. In May they launched Rackspace Email - hosted email server, and today they released Rackspace Cloud Drive - the enterprise file collaboration solution. Interesting that Rackspace also provides hosted Exchange and Sharepoint (that compete with its own services), but positions the own apps between the cheap but possible less robust Google Apps and the top-shelf Microsoft options.