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Rackspace Launches OnMetal Cloud Servers to Reduce Cloud Complexity and Help Cloud Apps Scale

API-Driven Bare-Metal Servers Can Be Spun Up as Quickly as VMs, Providing the Agility of Multi-Tenant With the Performance of Single-Tenant

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwired - June 19, 2014) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) today announced OnMetal Cloud Servers -- an API-driven, single-tenant Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering designed for customers with rapidly growing infrastructure footprints who seek the agility and elasticity of cloud along with the simplicity and performance of colocation.

"The rising complexity of the multi-tenant cloud affects applications in a variety of ways," said Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace. "Virtualization and sharing a physical machine are fantastic tools for specific workloads at certain scale; however, we've learned that the one-size-fits-all approach to multi-tenancy just doesn't work once you become successful, so we created OnMetal to simplify scaling for customers to stay fast and lean with a laser-sharp focus on building out their product."

Noisy neighbors in multi-tenant environments can degrade network latency, disk I/O and compute processing power, which can create unpredictable application performance. Rackspace is tapping into its expertise in scaling applications to offer a solution that helps to eliminate the pain points typically associated with the current, predominant model.

"What's exciting about bare metal with an API is that you get all the benefits of cloud infrastructures, such as full automation and writing software to manage your servers, but without any of the compromises on performance or reliability," said Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS. "Running CoreOS on OnMetal Cloud Servers, you get a host operating system that is optimized for efficiency and ready to run your container-based applications from first boot."

OnMetal Cloud Servers are built with Open Compute Project spec'd hardware and powered by OpenStack®. The servers come in three different sets of specifications, each custom designed and built for workloads commonly associated with large web scale applications:

  • Compute-optimized configuration - 20 threads and 32GB RAM; can be used to power large-scale web servers, application servers, queue processors and load balancers.
  • Memory-optimized configuration - 24 threads and 512GB RAM; can be used to power caches, search indexes and in-memory analytics.
  • I/O-optimized configuration - 40 threads, 128GB RAM, 3.2TB PCIe flash drive that can be used to power large NoSQL data stores, traditional SQL databases and OLTP applications.

Customers also rely on Fanatical Support® to manage the complexity of running their infrastructure on their behalf. By default, every OnMetal Cloud Servers customer gets access to specialists at Rackspace to optimize their application architecture, assist with code debugging and monitor their infrastructure.

"We've all been trained to think of the cloud as generic virtual machines on demand. VMs have had their decade. The future 'Cloud' will be built with containers deployed across bare-metal servers provisioned via API," said Zack Rosen, CEO of Pantheon, a Rackspace customer in the early access program of OnMetal Cloud Servers. "We believe Rackspace's OnMetal service is the future of Infrastructure-as-a-Service. It's simply more efficient -- you get the performance and cost-efficiency of single-tenant servers and agility with containers that blows away what you can do with VMs."

OnMetal Cloud Servers are available for testing under limited availability and expected to enter general availability in the Rackspace Northern Virginia data center this July. This will give customers outside of North America the chance to test and plan how to best take advantage of this exciting new technology before it is available in Rackspace's international data centers in 2015. To learn more, please visit www.rackspace.com/onmetal.

About Rackspace
Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the managed cloud specialist. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each company the best fit for its unique needs -- whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Headquartered in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. rackspace.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with OnMetal Cloud Servers; anticipated operational and financial benefits from OnMetal Cloud Servers; any statements concerning expected development, performance or operational results related to any particular customer or customers of our customers associated with our cloud solutions; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits from OnMetal Cloud Servers may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely affect the product's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, (vi) issues relating to the performance of a customer's configuration caused by forces outside of the control of Rackspace; and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the year ended March 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on May 12, 2014. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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