We often say that the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything. Between social networks, mobile apps and entertainment, we all use some type of cloud-based service. However, SaaS operators who are anxious to move off of legacy hardware and on to the cloud may find that due to regulatory or industry constraints, parts of their architecture must remain in a dedicated environment. For example, a finance-related service could run its website front end, file storage and test/dev in the cloud, but due to federal regulations, it could be unable to move sensitive customer databases or shopping cart functions to the public cloud. This is a hurdle that prevents many businesses from adopting any type of cloud asset.
This post is part one of a two-part series that examines hybrid hosting, use cases and questions you should ask when considering a hybrid hosting environment. Stay tuned for part two, which will run November 14. For more detailed information on hybrid hosting check out the white paper “Nervous About Cloud? Go Hybrid Instead.”
So far in this blog series, we’ve talked about Hybrid Clouds, some of the benefits that Hybrid architectures can bring to a cloud solution and how these benefits can be realized at Rackspace by using RackConnect™. Last week, we zoomed in on the flexibility hybrid can bring to a small business that may be budget constrained, but still needs to grow at the same time.
At Rackspace, in an effort to ensure that our customers get the most out of what we offer, we constantly work to update and improve the solutions we provide. We’ve recently made a few updates to our RackConnect solution that will help our customers better leverage a hybrid cloud environment.
I’ve seen at least a half-a-dozen different definitions for hybrid cloud. If you forced all of the cloud experts into a room and demanded a clear definition, they would only agree on one thing: hybrid cloud is some combination of dedicated compute resources and shared compute resources. The shared resource refers to a public cloud, while the dedicated resource could be on-premise private cloud, hosted servers, off-premise private cloud, etc, etc, etc… as long as it’s reserved for your use. No matter the combination hybrid cloud delivers the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud without having to sacrifice the performance and security of dedicated equipment.
Rackspace is honored to be named a winner of the 2012 F5 Agility Award. The annual awards, given to customers and partners of F5 Networks, recognize creativity, value and innovation with F5 application delivery solutions. Rackspace is one of three companies to take home an Agility Award this year.
It’s been nearly a year and a half since we released RackConnect™ at Rackspace. As an enabler of hybrid cloud within the Rackspace Data Center, RackConnect has been adopted by an increasing number of our customers. In that time, we’ve learned that hybrid hosting offers some unique and powerful features. It creates a “canvas” upon which our customers can build out innovative architectures and solutions. It has also helped many of them achieve significant and meaningful results for their businesses.
Authored by Toby Owen, Senior Manager, Hybrid Cloud Solutions
A year ago, to the day actually, we announced general availability of RackConnect®, the Rackspace® Hosting solution to integrate dedicated and cloud hosting into a single solution. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since the launch, and we’ve been hard at work since then. We’ve seen adoption grow from a few customers to a significant portion of our customer base. We’ve seen RackConnect open up architectures and solutions that we hadn’t even dreamed of a year ago. And most importantly, we’ve listened to you about what works and what needs improvement.