Rackspace Announces Support for Fully Managed Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Solution

 Enables Rapid Migration and Deployment; In-Memory OLTP to Increase Performance up to 30x

SAN ANTONIO – Jan. 27, 2014 - Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, today announced support for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 In-Memory Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and AlwaysOn Availability. With Rackspace DBA Services, customers can now use Rackspace database administrators (DBA) to rapidly migrate or upgrade existing workloads to SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP on the Rackspace Managed Cloud. Customers can rapidly scale up performance, drive greater database consolidation density and help reduce total cost of ownership.

Rackspace currently powers more than 10,000 compute instances running Microsoft SQL Server on its private and public clouds. By combining In-Memory OLTP with Managed High Availability, Rackspace can help customers speed up OLTP workloads to up to 30x while providing maximum uptime. Rackspace DBA Services offers database administrators and database architects on demand with simple pricing and multiple tiers of Fanatical Support®.  For a fraction of the cost of a full time database administrator (DBA), Rackspace offers dedicated expertise available 24x7x365 to enable rapid migration, upgrades and ongoing maintenance of In-Memory OLTP.

With a Managed Private Cloud powered by Microsoft Cloud Platform, and the built in Database-as-a-Service capability, customers can take advantage of a fully managed, physically isolated private cloud environment that allows customers to programmatically spin up SQL Server 2014 databases on demand.  Customers can also strengthen their high availability and disaster recovery capabilities by choosing from an increased number of availability groups including Microsoft Azure as a designated disaster recovery location.


“Adding support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 to Rackspace DBA Services enables customers to increase performance and make more efficient use of IT resources,” John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace. “Customers will be able to leverage our DBA experts to assist with routine database management and monitoring 24x7, which will allow their internal IT teams to work regular schedules and focus on innovating their core business.”

Rackspace certified DBAs can provide the deep expertise customers need for their MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases running on dedicated hardware or Rackspace Cloud Servers. With Rackspace DBA Services, customers also have the option to take advantage of an additional layer of assistance including database architecture and design, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting.

“As a long standing and key partner for Microsoft, we are pleased to see Rackspace embrace SQL Server 2014 to provide breakthrough performance and availability to a broader number of customers through their services,” said Tiffany Wissner, senior director of data platform marketing at Microsoft. “When customers choose Rackspace DBA Services they have the assurance of the company’s deep experience running thousands of SQL Servers.”

As an industry leader in cloud-enabled technologies, Rackspace is a member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a four-time Microsoft Hosting partner of the year. For more information on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 at Rackspace visit: https://go.rackspace.com/sqlserver2014.

About Rackspace
            Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each customer the best fit for its unique needs — whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Based in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 300,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. www.rackspace.com
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