Rackspace Delivers Bare Metal Speed and Memory Optimized Processing for Hadoop with Spark

First to Offer Three Click Deployment of Bare Metal Cloud Instances for Big Data

NEW YORK CITY (Strata New York Conference) – Oct. 15, 2014 – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), the  # 1 managed cloud company, today announced the release of OnMetal™  Cloud Big Data Platform so customers can now deploy bare metal instances of Apache™ Hadoop® with Spark™ in just three clicks. The new solution provides an efficient and elastic platform that delivers break-through speed for Hadoop and Spark™, allowing data scientists to gather insights in minutes rather than hours or days.

“This solution breaks new ground for the world of big data,” said John Engates, CTO, Rackspace. “For the first time, Hadoop and Spark can have the best of both worlds: bare metal performance with cloud agility, all backed by Fanatical Support®.”

To give the big data community hands-on experience with this new generation of bare metal data science, Rackspace is offering a $250 promotional credit towards the first two months of service. Learn more at www.BareMetalBigData.com.

OnMetal Cloud Big Data Platform is a turn-key service, which eliminates the need to configure and integrate complex hardware and software infrastructure. Senior business leaders now have a simple alternative for implementing their big data agendas. The beta launch of support for Apache Spark also offers companies the tools needed to accelerate the development and analysis of data science applications. For instance, developers can interact with data in real time via Scala or Python Shells. And with the inclusion of high level tools like Spark SQL, Spark Streaming, MLib and GraphX, developers and data scientists can now take advantage of the most powerful tools from Spark for streaming, machine learning, and graph-optimized applications.

Highlights include:

  • Big Data as a Service – The solution offers a Hadoop and Spark hardware and software stack with the elasticity and availability of the Rackspace Managed Cloud. This saves customers time and money in deploying, maintaining and scaling Big Data workloads.
  • Rapid Time to Market – Data Scientists and decision makers can now launch a big data platform in three clicks, saving significant time, money and resources. Once deployed, developers can leverage Spark to rapidly write applications using Java, Scala or Python and use Spark interactively from the Scala and Python shells.
  • Breakthrough Performance –OnMetal Cloud Big Data for Spark is engineered for break-through performance, enabling data scientists to iterate with large data sets. With Spark, beta customers can now leverage the speed of memory optimized processing to accelerate data discovery. In preliminary DFSIO and Terasort performance benchmark testing for OnMetal Cloud Big Data platform, results show an average of 50 to 100% improvement from the standard Cloud Big Data Platform instance at Rackspace.

With this announcement, Rackspace continues to expand the breadth and capability of its portfolio of managed databases, now supporting the most popular Big Data, SQL, and NoSQL databases. This includes Hadoop, Spark, MongoDB, Redis, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Percona, and MariaDB. Customers have the flexibility to deploy across private, public, bare metal and hybrid clouds with options to automate and reduce the time and money needed to deploy, scale, manage and help ensure the availability of production database applications.

“Enterprises are showing increasing interest in the value provided by the large-scale data processing that Hadoop and Spark can provide, but can be wary of the upfront cost and complexity of setting up a cluster to prove that value,” said Matt Aslett, research director, data platforms and analytics, 451 Research. “Managed services such as this enable enterprises to focus their energies on generating business insights rather than configuring and managing infrastructure."

OnMetal Cloud Big Data is now available in North America. The solution is anticipated to roll out in International data centers at the end of 2014.

For additional information on OnMetal Cloud Big Data, please visit https://www.rackspace.com/blog/big-data-on-bare-metal-dont-sacrifice-performance-for-flexibility/.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company. Its technical expertise andFanatical 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 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work Forrackspace.com.

Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical facts are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with OnMetal Cloud Servers; anticipated operational and financial benefits from OnMetal Cloud Big Data Platform; any statements concerning expected development, performance or operational results related to any particular customer or customers of our customers associated with our cloud solutions; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits from OnMetal Cloud Big Data Platform may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely affect the product’s benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, (vi) issues relating to the performance of a customer’s configuration caused by forces outside of the control of Rackspace; and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting’s Form 10-Q for the year ended June 30, 2014, filed with the SEC on August 11, 2014. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.


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