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New Rackspace datacenter in Crawley, UK

Rackspace, HPE pitch pay-as-you-go private cloud

Rackspace says it will be teaming up with HPE to build a private cloud service that bills customers based on usage. Starting on November 28, the two will offer the OpenStack Private Cloud as either a pay-per-VM hour (or per Gb transferred) service with a billing structure similar to public clouds like Amazon AWS. Unlike …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Rackspace ends discount hosting for open source projects

Rackspace has ended a program under which it offered “generous discounts on hosting for more than 150 OSS projects and communities”, but flubbed the announcement. The closure of the program came to our attention after Reg operatives noticed the Tweet below from Eric Holscher, who posted an image in which it appears the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2017
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Rackspace sucks up Datapipe, swallows 29 data centres

Private equity-backed Rackspace is planning to use some of its owner’s cash to hoover up managed services, hosting and colo outfit Datapipe. The buy, which is expected to close in fourth quarter 2017 and is subject to pending regulatory approvals, will swell Rackspace’s data centre footprint by 29 server farms and give it …
Andrew Silver, 11 Sep 2017

Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Rackspace was hit by a major worldwide outage this morning, which appeared to last for nearly three hours. According to the firm's service status page, engineers became aware of an issue affecting multiple cloud services and ticketing in all regions at 11am GMT. The firm later identified the root cause of the networking …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2017
Three CEO chairs

Rackspace demotes a CEO to hire a CEO to replace CEO who quit

Rackspace has named Joe Eazor as its new CEO, replacing the departing Taylor Rhodes and interim CEO Jeff Cotten. Eazor's LinkedIn CV includes senior sales roles at EMC, time as CEO of EarthLink and seats on the boards of Commvault and Discover Financial Services. But it's probably his stint senior veep and general manager for …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017
Cutting ties

Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes quits to spend more time with his kids

Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes has decided to leave the company he's led since late 2014. He's blogged the reasons why, of course. And of course there's some phrases that could only come from a tech company, like “I’m proud to have led Rackspace through a hinge in its history”. A hinge? That's what Rhodes calls moving out of …
OpenStack

OpenStack: Pleeeeease stop panicking, Intel and Rackspace still love us

Intel has walked out of a major OpenStack collaboration with Rackspace – but both companies and the OpenStack Foundation insist everything's fine. There's nothing to worry about. We're all good. Allegedly. It emerged just before the Easter weekend that Intel has turned off the money tap to the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2017

Rackspace launches cloud consultancy service while firing staff

Hot on the heels of a global haircut of its workforce, Rackspace is moving into the professional services space as it chases those "digital transformation" pennies. It's calling the new thing "Global Solutions and Services", or GSS, and will ostensibly be offering access to its architects and engineers to customers to "plan, …
Fast Cloud

Clouds can compete with HPC, say boffins

The best clouds are genuinely competitive with do-it-yourself high performance computing – and Microsoft's top-tier Azure is the best of the lot. That's the conclusion from research conducted by Mohammad Mohammadi and Timur Bazhirov of Exabyte and offered as a pre-print at Arxiv. The two boffins took a simple approach to …
Redundancy

Rackspace unplugs 250 staff to chase hot new products

Rackspace has revealed plans to trim six per cent of its workforce in the United States, and plenty of people elsewhere. CEO Taylor Rhodes blogged the decision in a post titled “Hard Things: Cutting Current Costs to Invest in Our Future”. The CEO positions the firings as a re-balancing act “focused mainly in areas where our …
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Bane of Silicon Valley patents sets its sights on Rackspace and NetApp

Cloud host Rackspace and storage vendor NetApp are fighting a patent holder who's targeted some of tech's biggest names in the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The duo are standing up to Realtime Data over the firm's claim they violated seven patents it owns, spanning compression and deduplication. Realtime has filed six …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Rackspace enters tipping-point year with newly minted sales chief

Rackspace support manager Jeff Cotten was Tuesday named company president, halving the workload of the now single-jobbed chief executive Taylor Rhodes. Newly private Rackspace has promised more professional services in support of public clouds and VMware as it enters a tipping point year. Cotten, with Rackspace for eight …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2017
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There's gold in them thar hills! Rackspace latest firm to join Frankfurt data centre rush

Rackspace has chosen Germany as home for its first data centre in mainland Europe. The managed cloud provider, which is to become an AWS and Microsoft Azure support partner, will jointly build and open a centre in Frankfurt next year. Rackspace is the latest to set up shop in Frankfurt, Germany's centre for finance and fifth …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2016
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Rackspace finds its $4.3bn sugar daddy

Cloud management provider Rackspace says that it will be going private in a deal that will pay shareholders $4.3bn. Investment house Apollo Global Management says it will be paying $32 per share to buy out stakeholders and run Rackspace as a private company. Rackspace stock closed yesterday (prior to the announcement) at $30. …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz

Rackspace execs confirmed the sale of its Cloud Sites hosting sub to Liquid Web but ignored the white elephant in the room that Apollo Global is reportedly in talks to slurp the entire organisation. The private equity house might well end up taking Rackspace private again in a deal valued at up to $4bn, buying the company time …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2016

Rackspace invites itself into your data centre

Rackspace will bring its cloud to you: the company has revealed a new offering whereby it will pour OpenStack into a box and run it from its own data centres, a third party's bit barn or your own premises. On-premises clouds are all the rage at present: Microsoft's AzureStack is in preview and is winning support from the likes …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …

Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

OpenPower Summit Google and Rackspace are working together on blueprints for servers that use IBM’s Power9 processors. The designs will be shared publicly via the Open Compute Project, it is hoped. The pair are due to announce their collaboration this week. The hardware will fit the 48V Open Compute racks Google is designing with Facebook. We’ …

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