Cloud manage service provider Rackspace is broadening its reach by offering cheaper cloud options for enterprises with pay-as-you-go private clouds and by expanding its security features for the multi-cloud environment.
Rackspace Pay-As-You-Go Private Clouds
The company manages all the different cloud options — public, private, hybrid, and even, multi-cloud. Its latest strategy is to incorporate pay-as-you-go private clouds — recently with both VMware-based private cloud and with Kubernetes-based private cloud.
HPE and Rackspace created a pay-as-you-go Kubernetes-as-a-Service (RKaaS) private cloud and a Private Cloud-as-a-Service (PCaaS) with VMware that’s based on OpenStack to reduce the price of cloud computing. The RKaaS offering allows enterprises to have the “flexibility to easily move applications across multiple clouds, the ability to scale up to billions of containers and increased productivity managing containerized applications.”
Scott Crenshaw, Rackspace EVP of Private Cloud, informed SDxCentral that the PCaaS will cost about 40 percent less than Amazon Web Services (AWS). In addition to reducing the price of the cloud, the OpenStack Private Cloud provides an elastic infrastructure and simplified IT, according to this Rackspace blog post.
In addition to the HPE PCaaS powered by VMware, Rackspace announced in April 2018 a new VMware private cloud offering that’s also a pay-as-you-go service. The VMware private cloud addresses the need to be accessible regardless of physical location. Peter FitzGibbon, Rackspace vice president and general manager, told SDxCentral that Rackspace solves the geo-location problem “by rolling rocks into the customer’s data center or colocation facility.”
Rackspace Cloud Management: Looking Forward to the Multi-Cloud
Enterprises opt to use multiple clouds from various service providers in what is now known as multi-cloud. Recognizing this growing trend of using multi-clouds, Rackspace teamed up recently with Cisco to use Cisco’s firewalls in Rackspace cloud management services. Rackspace claims that it has “one of the largest deployments of Cisco firewalls in the world – with over 22,000 Cisco firewalls in place.”
Rackspace again shows its focus on multi-cloud security when in August 2018, SailPoint Technologies announced partnering with the company to deliver identity security for Rackspace managed cloud environments.