Rackspace launches colocation services to support enterprise transformation

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 Sydney.