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Rackspace Planning a ‘Networked Cloud of Clouds’

It will deploy its public cloud into a service provider’s data center and remotely operate that cloud

Rackspace said Monday that it's going to build and run a global cloud network for service providers like telcos.

It blogged that "This cloud network will run the Rackspace public cloud - the largest OpenStack-based public cloud in the world - at global scale, creating a networked cloud of clouds through which service providers are linked together behind the scenes."

It figures that as the founder of OpenStack, it's "perfectly positioned to help speed a partner's successful entry as a cloud provider in the OpenStack ecosystem with proven Rackspace technology, operations and go to market expertise."

Rackspace explained that it will deploy its public cloud into a service provider's data center and remotely operate that cloud. The service provider will provide the physical data center operations as well as market, sell and support the co-branded cloud directly to its end-customers.

This extension of Rackspace's public cloud portfolio is supposed to give both SPs and their customers access to a network of interconnected global data centers. Customers will be able to run their workloads in any data center that's part of the network, while maintaining their business relationship with their local provider.

The move will also expand Rackspace's global data center footprint to include these service provider partners, ultimately letting it and its partners increase resource utilization and cloud growth.

It plans to provide all the components needed to build a successful cloud business, including:

  • Cloud technology: Rackspace Cloud hardware and software infrastructure, powered by OpenStack, with continuous automated testing and delivery of updates from Rackspace engineering teams.
  • Infrastructure Operations: Patching, tuning and monitoring with carrier-grade SLAs.
  • Go-to-market support: Sales and support training, collateral, and customer references to accelerate the time-to-market needed for a successful launch.
  • Extended reach for users: Cloud users would benefit from the program's interconnected, individually owned and operated data centers around the world by being able to run their workloads in multiple geographies. Customers of any one program partner in the network would have access to additional resources through the other program partners in the network.
  • Increased resource utilization for providers: Rackspace and all other program partners would expand their datacenter reach to include those of the other program partners. This would enable the program partners to increase resource utilization and cloud growth by selling through other providers in the network.

It got IDC to say that "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. IDC believes that a global federated service provider cloud network that allows creation of hybrid clouds with resources from multiple public providers could be a compelling solution for customers."

Anyway, Rackspace is developing its OpenStack-based cloud into a commercially supported, packaged offering.

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said in a statement that "We have had interest from service providers on nearly every continent to extend Rackspace's proven OpenStack powered public cloud solutions and expertise to their customers. It is important to broaden the adoption of open-source technologies through partners around the world.

"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.' Rackspace is passionate about leading this charge and helping service providers capitalize on the expanded network to better serve their customers."

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