13 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Rackspace, the data centre and web hosting provider, has launched a colocation service allowing customers to deploy their own hardware in Rackspace data centres.
The new Rackspace Colocation service enables enterprises to
reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO), while enhancing
scalability, strengthening disaster recovery capabilities,
reducing application latency and helping IT meet stringent
security and compliance requirements.
"Enterprises need a colocation provider that can also be a
trusted cloud adviser as they embark on their cloud journey,"
said Henry Tran, general manager of managed hosting at
Rackspace. "Rackspace is the only colocation provider that can
offer customers a world-class colocation solution today, while
also serving as the sole partner they will need in the
long-term to migrate to and manage their public cloud, private
cloud, managed hosting or bare metal platforms."
According to figures from 451 Research, the colocation
market will grow at a 12% compound annual growth rate through
2020. In addition, enterprises are using colocation services to
kick start their cloud journey by leaving their self-managed
data centre to lower TCO.
The Rackspace colocation offering gives enterprises several
key benefits, which include:
• Improved capacity planning, through simplified
pricing customers can reserve the power their devices require
by the KW.
• Seamless cross connects allowing customers to scale
into the public cloud, private cloud, managed hosting,
third-party data centre or Rackspace hosted environment.
• "Smart Hands" service guarantee that offers a
hands-on hardware service, which guarantees a response to a
customer’s request within an hour and to complete
the work within 24 hours.
• Enhanced Security and Reliability leveraging
Rackspace’s portfolio of data centres, which are
all concurrently maintainable with at least N+1 redundancy
across critical electrical and mechanical systems. These
facilities also feature multiple security protocol.
• A robust public cloud ecosystem via direct
connections between colocation customers and AWS, Azure, Google
and Alibaba clouds via RackConnect. Rackspace can also migrate
workloads to those platforms and help manage them.
In addition, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to provide
solutions and services beyond traditional colocation, as
customers are able to combine their colocation hardware with
Rackspace managed services such as managed backup, shared
storage arrays and other services.
The colocation service is a carrier neutral offering with an
average of eight carriers per colocation data centre, across
the company’s global data centre footprint has
locations in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Northern New Jersey,
Northern Virginia, San Jose, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and