This week, Rackspace opened our latest data center in Australia. You might think this marks our entry into the country, but we have actually been there for some time. Throughout our history we have had a large number of Australian companies serving their customers and markets from our other data centers, and in particular in our Hong Kong facility. In 2009, we setup a permanent team of Rackers in Australia to serve those customers led by the awesome Mark Randall (@racker_randall). With this investment, and the rollout of our cloud portfolio, the demand from the market for us to have a local data center rapidly grew; hence opening the new data center this week.
So what about Rackspace’s OpenStack offerings?
We support customers’ OpenStack private clouds in any data center they want, not just in Rackspace facilities. That means any facility, in any country, anywhere in the world. When we launched our offer in late 2011, we immediately saw strong interest from companies and institutions in the Australian market. Earlier this year we started helping Australian companies and institutions with OpenStack private clouds, and delivered our OpenStack training program to Aussies eager to get up to speed on the project. The market response isn’t surprising given the strong presence of OpenStack in the market already. Companies like Aptira and projects like NeCTAR have led the way. We are now excited to up our presence in the country as well.
Australians interested in having Rackspace support their OpenStack private cloud efforts now have several options:
I am thrilled to be making this commitment to the Australian market, and look forward to getting know the community there even better in the coming years.