This article originally appeared at The WHIR
Rackspace Private Cloud is aimed at providing greater control and security than multi-tenant clouds, but also with the scalability, flexibility and resource optimization typical of shared cloud offerings.
Rackspace CTO John Engates said Rackspace is aiming to provide a “true hybrid experience” with its options ranging from dedicated hosting, to multi-tenant cloud, to specialized application hosting (such as email hosting), to the new private cloud offering.
“We view the Rackspace Private Cloud as having a large impact for our enterprise customers who need the flexibility, scalability, and reliability provided byVMware’s virtualization, paired with the control and security of a dedicated environment,” Engates stated. “It is the best of both worlds for those enterprises looking to explore the benefits of external cloud solutions, without as much risk.”
Rackspace Private Cloud is an evolution of Rackspace’s dedicated virtual server offering, which has generated significant revenue is the past year due to its flexibility, asset utilization and lower capital and operating costs achieved through VMware virtualization, according to the company.
Customers are provided monitoring and maintenance of the VMware software stack, including installation and configuration of the vCenter Server, vCenter Server backups, and hypervisor monitoring. Rackspace also backs up user VMs, and patches and monitors the guest OS and the antivirus software on Rackspace-provided OS images.
Rackspace Private Cloud can be deployed in any Rackspace data center where there are available servers.