Rackspace knows how to build and run clouds. And RightScale knows how to help customers manage workloads on those clouds. I’ve worked closely with engineering and product teams on both sides and can say that Rackspace and RightScale represent some of the brightest minds in the cloud biz.
That’s why we’re so excited that RightScale has endorsed Rackspace as the gold-standard for OpenStack-powered clouds.
This strategic partnership builds on our long-running relationship and will deeply integrate RightScale cloud management capabilities with the Rackspace portfolio of open cloud solutions. This will make it easier for our customers to build, deploy, manage and scale their public, private and hybrid cloud applications.
The pairing between Rackspace and RightScale is another step in the fight against vendor lock-in. With the launches of our new cloud products this year like Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Networks and Cloud Databases, RightScale users now have a broader selection of cloud alternatives and we believe they’ll be looking at Rackspace.
The deep product integration will also include the OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud, which lets users deploy a Rackspace cloud in their data center of choice — be it their own data center, a colo facility or in one of Rackspace’s global data centers. By leveraging RightScale, customers can move or spread applications and workloads between a Rackspace Private Cloud running on premise, a private cloud hosted at Rackspace and the Rackspace public cloud for true hybrid cloud capabilities. And because of RightScale, they can do it all from a single pane of glass.
For those of you familiar with RackConnect, the Rackspace product that bridges Rackspace public cloud and hosted dedicated resources for an intra-data center hybrid environment, you can think of RightScale as a service that extends that functionality to private and public cloud resources across data centers. Cool, right?
Taking RightScale’s expertise in deploying and managing cloud applications and adding in our trademark Fanatical Support will ensure a truly open and reliable cloud.
Integrated products are expected roll out over time, so stay tuned for the latest developments.