Rackspace is #5 in Top 31 Cloud Platforms

Last updated: May 18, 2018
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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.

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#5 in Top 31 Cloud Platforms

Alternatives


The best alternatives to Rackspace are: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Heroku, IBM SoftLayer, Microsoft Office 365, G Suite



Latest news about Rackspace


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).


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. Developer also has an online account where he can analyze interest in his product by different companies. Meanwhile Rackspace does not offer any paid options such as paid placement on top positions. Note that Amazon also plans to launch its marketplace-service, though it won't be devoted for SaaS apps but for mobile Android-apps. So this app store won't be connected to Amazon Cloud Services platform.


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. This project is supported by NASA, Citrix, Dell, Limelight, Rightscale, NTT. They are going not just to develop a private cloud solution, but to create an open standard for private and public cloud platforms. Thus, companies will be able to deploy cloud technologies in their existing data centers (at more affordable price), and then easily move their IT infrastructure to third-party provider that uses the same cloud platform. Of course, the first of such providers is Rackspace. This Rackspace's move seems to be a very strong argument in competition with Amazon, Microsoft, Google and VMWare. Even if OpenStack will not become a common cloud standard - anyway Rackspace will attract the developer community to contribute to their own cloud platform. The key OpenStack elements will appear in September and October.


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. Rackspace Email for 1$ per month provides 10Gb mailboxes. It provides the rich web-interface and can sync with the main mobile clients (BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile). On the desktop you can use MS Outlook or any other mail client. Rackspace Email ensures high security (SSL, backups, virus and spam protection) and reliability (after all, it's one of the most reliable hosting on the Web). In addition to email management, service includes a contact manager, group calendar, tasks and notes.But, compared to Exchange, it lacks task management features and shared folders. Everything is ok with folders sharing in Rackspace Cloud Drive. It provides version control and access control systems. Besides, it includes a desktop client and can sync files and folders between multiple computers and mobile devices. Rackspace Cloud Drive also can be used for online backup creation. And its payment scheme is very similar to Amazon S3 - you pay only for the resources (memory, traffic), which actually used. All this makes Rackspace Cloud Drive a very serious competitor to the leading file collaboration tools, such as Box.net. Cloud Drive is powered by Jungle Disk, which Rackspace acquired last year.