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Rackspace expands global cloud network with telcos partnership

Caroline Ng | April 16, 2013
World’s largest OpenStack public cloud operator, Rackspace, extends interoperable open clouds as packaged offerings to service providers worldwide.

Cloud hosting firm, Rackspace today announced a programme to expand a network of interoperable public clouds for service providers across the globe.

The initiative will see the infrastructure-as-a-service company build out cloud infrastructures for partners on the OpenStack architecture they originally founded, thereby ensuring their successful launch into the cloud system.

Gary Chen, research manager for IDC's Cloud and Virtualization System Software, said Rackspace aims to extend its cloud expertise to businesses as a packaged cloud offering. "Not every provider wants to or should build a cloud from scratch, and Rackspace's experience with cloud computing and this turnkey packaged cloud solution should be of interest to other providers," he said.

Rackspace claims to provide all components requisite to build a successful cloud business, including OpenStack-powered hardware and software, infrastructure testings and updates, and sales and support training.

The programme's interconnected data centre will enable partners to offer their own customers access to additional resources available in the cloud network in other geographies. In addition, global partners can expect an increase in resource utilisation and cloud growth by selling though other providers in the network.

"The creation of this network allows for different providers, in different regions, with different service characteristics to link together to better serve the cloud users around the world with a fully interoperable global 'cloud of clouds'," said Lanham Napier, CEO for Rackspace.


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