Can the cloud offer business continuity?
August 18th, 2010 - Proponents of cloud computing often boast of the new technology's ability to cut a business' overhead for IT and energy use, but one additional benefit from the technology could be built-in business continuity capabilities, according to a number of industry experts.
This could help many businesses with business continuity and disaster recovery, as many companies do not have plans in place for data recovery in case of disasters affecting their servers, and many of those who do don't often test them for effectiveness.
Rackspace Hosting Announces General Availability of Cloud Servers™ for Windows
London,UK – August 10, 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in hosting and cloud computing, today announced the general availability of its Cloud Servers™ for Windows offering. The new service delivers a highly scalable environment ideal for Windows-based hosting, testing and developing applications and supporting the high levels of traffic required for launching online gaming platforms or the next social networking phenomenon.
Rackspace Hosting Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results?
San Antonio, TX, 09 August 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the world's leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.
Net revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was $187.3 million, up 4.8% from the previous quarter and up 23.2% from the second quarter of 2009. Net revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was negatively impacted by currency exchange rates when compared to the first quarter of 2010, but was favorably impacted when compared to the second quarter of 2009.
Cloud computing offers business agility
July 20th, 2010 - One benefit often touted by cloud computing vendors and advocates is its efficiency. However, the agility lent by cloud computing - where third-party vendors host a business' data and programmes off-site to be accessed remotely - is another important point to consider when implementing the technology.
"The term agility is used to describe two different kinds of benefit; both are real, but one of them will, ultimately, be seen as offering the greatest impact," wrote Bernard Golden for ARN Net.
Rackspace Open Sources Cloud Platform; Announces Plans to Collaborate with NASA and Other Industry Leaders on OpenStack Project
July 19th, 2010 - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX) today announced the launch of OpenStack™, an open-source cloud platform designed to foster the emergence of technology standards and cloud interoperability. Rackspace, the leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, is donating the code that powers its Cloud Files and Cloud Servers public-cloud offerings to the OpenStack project. The project will also incorporate technology that powers the NASA Nebula Cloud Platform.
The trends of data centre construction
July 9th, 2010 - The face of data centre construction has been changing and evolving in recent years, with more and more companies realising that they need not simply buy the largest, most costly facilities in the hopes that their business will eventually grow to use all the dedicated space.
Certain trends in IT - developed mainly in the past five years or so - are seeing companies enacting strategies unique to their businesses, and saving money in the process.
Choosing between dedicated and virtual private servers
July 2nd, 2010 - There are many choices that present themselves when businesses look to revamp their existing IT configurations, and many include the employment of new and updated servers. However, several unique characteristics exist between ranges and types of servers, and businesses should be aware of these - specifically between popular dedicated and virtual private servers.
"A dedicated server has benefits over a virtual private server and vice-versa," the news outlet The Hosting News asserts.
SaaS adoption rates to grow among small companies
June 29th, 2010 - Smaller companies in the business arena have been slower in adopting next generation computing services such as Software as a Service (SaaS), but that looks set to change in coming years, according to industry experts.
IDC research, whilst indicating that growth of SaaS and related technologies has been slowest among small businesses, also suggested these business' adoption rates will rise as more, larger businesses uptake the technology successfully and as privacy concerns with the cloud are increasingly addressed.
Smart business continuity practices through the cloud
June 18th, 2010 - Deploying cloud computing, whereby a company's data storage can be housed on virtualised servers and off-site, is a popular option for businesses seeking a business continuity package - but experts believe the key to a successful strategy is accessibility of data.
This technique makes sense when formulating a business continuity strategy, as a company's data can be hosted off-site. This means that in the event of the destruction of the original data, the back-up will remain in a safe alternate location.
Rackspace Hosting Updates Rackspace Hybrid Email for 1.7 Million Users
London,UK – June 16, 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, has enhanced its popular Rackspace Hybrid Email offering—a custom mix of Hosted Microsoft Exchange and the business-focused Rackspace Email platform on a single domain. Rackspace Hybrid Email now features easy calendar viewing between Hosted Microsoft Exchange and Rackspace Email, as well as a faster webmail design for Rackspace Email to make businesses using Rackspace Hybrid Email even more productive.
Demand for unified telecommunications boosted by green strategies
June 15th, 2010 - The desire of businesses to incorporate a unified communications solution for their firms has risen with the concurrent push for green initiatives in technology, suggests recent evidence.
Report says private, hybrid cloud biggest growth areas
June 8th, 2010 - The latest area generating the greatest interest in the realm of the cloud has been private cloud computing, according to latest figures, and this predominance of popularity looks poised to continue until at least 2015.
However, in addition to private cloud computing's continued growth, many companies have been looking into implemented hybrid cloud technologies - hedging on public and private versions of the service - for certain functions.
Rackspace Named in the Financial Times UK’s 50 Best Workplaces for the Sixth Year in a Row
London, UK, 1 June, 2010 – Rackspace (www.rackspace.co.uk), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry announces it has won 18th place in the Financial Times UK’s 50 Best Workplaces ranking for 2010.
Die Auszeichnung ehrt Rackspace für die Erschaffung einer der besten Arbeitsplätze im Vereinigten Königreich für sechs aufeinanderfolgende Jahre. Rackspace wurde auch in der Kategorie „Beste Arbeitsplätze für die Generation Y“ genannt, für die Arbeitnehmer unter 25 Jahren gefragt wurden, ob sie Rackspace als „großartigen Arbeitsplatz“ empfehlen würden.
E-commerce: The business potential
May 28th, 2010 - The potential for e-commerce is huge. Recent research commissioned by IMRG found that over 51 per cent of British adults shopped online in the first three months of the year, suggesting that there is a real opportunity for businesses out there.
In February 2010, the 50 per cent benchmark was achieved for the first time ever and March saw further growth in the number of online shoppers to 51 per cent.
Data centres need tight physical security, surveillance
May 28th, 2010 - Implementing a new data centre - or refitting an existing one - happens often in businesses, whether they choose to host their servers in-house or to outsource the service. But while much attention is often paid to informational security for data, one aspect that should not be overlooked is physical security.
However, the data centre often forms the informational backbone of a company, and all aspects of its security should be heavily scrutinised, and kept to the highest standards to ensure data safety.
Rackspace Expanding Cloud Services to the UK; Building on Cloud Growth
San Antonio, TX – May 19, 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry, today announced that it plans to bring public cloud services to the UK by the end of the year.
Experts advise on colocation selection
May 7th, 2010 - Using a computing resource such as outsourced colocation can have a number of benefits for businesses, including a lessened reliance on a firm's own hardware, as well as the cost-saving benefits of utilising a provider's maintenance and repair services.
However, there are a number of things for businesses to consider before throwing in with a colocation provider, and several experts have recently sounded off to Processor.com about their recommendations for investigating colocation providers.
Cloud computing offers 'powerful' disaster recovery model
March 1st, 2010 - Small and medium-sized businesses are enjoying vastly improved disaster recovery services thanks to cloud computing.
Writing for Virtualization Journal, John Savageau explains that the potential loss of vital information and applications is one of the most important issues facing smaller companies with restricted budgets, making cloud computing a cost-effective and "powerful solution" for these firms.
Rackspace urges UK businesses to update legacy IT to stay ahead
London, UK, 28 April 2010 – UK businesses may be missing opportunities around new approaches to technology and continuing to over-invest in legacy IT, as indicated by research commissioned by Rackspace, the world’s leader in hosting and cloud computing. The research, surveying over 400 IT decision makers, including 218 from the UK, revealed that 93% of the UK companies surveyed do not believe that they have a cutting-edge approach to adopting new technology.
Rackspace Named IT Operator of the Year at the Green IT Awards
London,UK - 23rd April 2010 - Rackspace (www.rackspace.co.uk), the world’s leader in the hosting and cloud computing industry today announces that it has been voted as the IT Operator of the Year in the prestigious Green IT Awards.
Expert advises on business continuity and disaster recovery
April 15th, 2010 - After conducting a survey on virtualised servers and their relation to firms' business continuity and disaster recovery plans, the last thing Elias Khnaser, a manager of Artemis Technology and writer for Information Week, expected was needing to 'sell' businesses on BC/DR plans.
However, the findings of the report were staggering, with nearly 40 per cent of all respondents polled indicating that they had incomplete disaster recovery plans in place, or none whatsoever.
The Rackspace Cloud Introduces First Cloud Server Application for the iPad
San Antonio, TX – April 6, 2010 – The Rackspace® Cloud, the cloud computing division of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), today announced the release of Rackspace Cloud Pro™ the first application for the new iPad™ to enable developers to monitor and manage their Rackspace Cloud Servers™. With Cloud Pro, users can turn on backups for a server, create new servers from backups, manage back-up scheduling, re-boot, rename, resize and delete servers – all using the iPad’s intuitive touchscreen interface. The free application is now available at iTunes.
High-speed connectivity makes cloud computing possible
March 19th, 2010 - The unrolling of high-speed internet connections worldwide is providing ideal platforms for cloud computing services, according to an industry insider.
At this week's ITWeb Hosted Applications for SMEs event, Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx said that more small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are now able to embrace cloud computing due to the proliferation of high-speed connectivity.
80 per cent of firms plan to expand data centres in 2010
March 12th, 2010 - New research has revealed that data centre expansion is still a priority among businesses in the UK and Europe, with four out of five companies surveyed planning to expand their data centre operations within the next year.
Virtualisation makes data recovery faster and cost-effective
March 9th, 2010 - An increasing number of businesses of all sizes are turning to virtualisation as a more efficient and affordable means of handling data backup and recovery.
Writing for Computer Weekly, Ratmir Timashev explained: "The adoption of virtualisation is currently helping IT departments make data backup and recovery much faster and more cost-effective.
"With many virtual machines fitting on a single server, it is much easier and more efficient to maintain a backup environment, and to restore it when needed."
SaaS offers cost-effective solution to business analytics
February 23rd, 2010 - Firms looking for an economic solution for their business intelligence needs are increasingly turning to Software as a Service (SaaS), a technology that can offer a faster and more cost-effective business plan.
Computerworld.com reports that business intelligence SaaS can help firms make significant savings, while also providing an easily scalable and rapid tool set - particularly if business analytics is not the firm's core competency, or there are no existing in-house resources to do the job.
Demand for co-location data centres continues to grow
February 18th, 2010 - New research has revealed that double digit growth in data centre co-location and managed hosting services will continue throughout the year, fuelled by increasing demand.
Rackspace Hosting Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2009 Results
London, UK - 16 February 2010
--Net revenue of $169.5 million grew 18.4% year-over-year and 4.4% from Q3 2009
--Adjusted EBITDA (1) of $56.0 million grew 31.4% year-over-year and 8.8% from Q3 2009
--Achieved adjusted EBITDA margin of 33.0%, up from 29.7% in Q4 2008
--Net income of $9.0 million grew 32.0% year-over-year and 18.8% from Q3 2009
Rackspace(R) Hosting, Inc. (RAX 18.81, +0.57, +3.13%) announced financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.
Cloud computing requires balanced service-level agreements
February 15th, 2010 - Businesses looking to introduce cloud computing into their IT infrastructure are being advised to establish realistic and balanced service-level agreements (SLAs) with service providers to reduce risks and enjoy the full benefits of the technology.
Writing for InformationWeek, Jonathan Feldman has advised CIOs not to be "dismissive" of the cloud, a technology that can help boost efficiency and reduce costs, and offers a three-tiered plan for businesses to consider when looking to introduce the technology.
Rackspace Puts Microsoft SharePoint in the Cloud
London,UK – February 11, 2010 – Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leader in Microsoft SharePoint, the popular collaboration and file sharing platform, uniquely backed by Rackspace’s 24x7x365 Fanatical Support®. With the addition of hosted Microsoft SharePoint, Rackspace's suite of cloud applications now includes business-class collaboration, email and storage solutions.