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Rackspace Named A Strong Performer In Hosted Private Cloud By Independent Research Firm

Rackspace® Hosting, (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced it has been named, along with one other vendor, a Top Performer by Forrester Research Inc. in its new report, “The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Q1 2013.” The report evaluated Rackspace’s full Private Cloud portfolio including Managed Virtualization and Rackspace Managed Private Cloud powered by OpenStack.

As part of the research firm’s analysis, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of eight selected cloud computing companies against 25 criteria. Rackspace received among the highest scores of the eight cloud companies when evaluated in the subcategories for planned enhancements and the highest score among all vendors for third-party ecosystem. The Forrester report also noted that “Rackspace brings its experience from the hosting and public cloud space to this market, giving it significant geographic presence, a reputation for fantastic customer support, and a large existing customer base from which to draw.”

“The Rackspace open cloud continues to offer choice and innovation to our customers. We’re very pleased to receive recognition from Forrester for our Private Cloud efforts with Managed Virtualization and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack,” said John Engates, CTO at Rackspace. “The software is free and available to anyone to use in any data center of their choosing. Customers choosing Rackspace Private Cloud get the benefit of using the same code that powers the world’s largest OpenStack cloud along with dozens of private clouds. They can choose to deploy and run it themselves, or they can choose to let Rackspace support or even run it remotely for them in their data center or in ours.”

Rackspace, co-founder of OpenStack, today is running the largest, enterprise-ready open cloud platform in the world. The Rackspace open cloud based on OpenStack allows true choice and control without the fear of being locked-in to one vendor’s technology. With open standards and open source based enterprise and mobile computing now impacting the total IT landscape to a deeper and more expansive level than ever before, Rackspace’s vocal support of an open approach and open cloud development strategy has clearly helped the company stand above its competitors across the market today.

According to Forrester Research, “[As many as] 46 percent of enterprises are prioritizing investments in private clouds in 2013. While slightly more than half plan to build a private cloud in their own data center, more than 25 percent said they prefer to rent one.”

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