- Industry: IT consulting & services
- Region: North America
- Location: Windcrest, Texas, United States
- Company size: 5,700
Many organizations recognize the benefits of cloud adoption but lack the knowledge, skills, and financial resources to migrate their IT environments to the cloud and manage them effectively. Managed cloud provider Rackspace saw an opportunity to offer its customers a flexible and scalable—yet stable and reliable—private cloud environment built on Red Hat® OpenStack® Platform. Rackspace collaborated with Red Hat to build a hosted, on-premise OpenStack private cloud solution that can be easily deployed, updated, and supported without costly downtime.2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards Winner
Rackspace and Red Hat partner to bring customers the cloud
To help customers adopt cloud technology quickly and easily, Rackspace and Red Hat collaborated to build a hosted, on-premise OpenStack private cloud solution.
Rackspace found that many of its customers, particularly small and mid-sized organizations, needed help adopting cloud technology. These customers wanted to establish secure, stable OpenStack private clouds with the agility and flexibility of public cloud offerings. However, OpenStack technology is complex, and it changes rapidly. “Most of our customers . . . [say], ‘We want a private cloud. We want to be on OpenStack open technology. But we don’t know how to do it,’” said Laron Tangeman, senior manager of operations at Rackspace.
To expand its OpenStack-as-a-Service portfolio, and offer a choice of technology with expert support, Rackspace turned to long-time partner Red Hat. Together, they created Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat (RPC-R). This supported offering is based on Red Hat technologies and includes Rackspace’s Fanatical Support, a 24x7 support model with real-time monitoring. “It’s really about taking the complexity out of the technology,” said Dan Sheppard, senior product manager at Rackspace. “We’re able to accelerate [customers’] digital transformation and remove a lot of the challenges of deploying and adopting the technology.”
With RPC-R, Rackspace customers no longer need to worry about setting up their infrastructure and components. The solution offers a standardized, virtualized cloud environment managed through a single interface, offering ease of use and massive scalability. The solution helps customers automate to become more efficient, reducing costs and deployment time. “I’ve been working with Red Hat OpenStack Platform for the last 18 months and haven’t gotten a single late-night, panicked phone call,” said Tangeman. “I can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have this stable product in customers’ environments.”