Hybrid Cloud

Rackspace Brings Performance Cloud Servers to Hong Kong

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Rackspace has launched its redesigned public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers in Hong Kong to meet hybrid cloud demand in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced this week. The offering will serve markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and China.

Large enterprises in the region are expected to require greater application performance, scalability, and cloud workloads over the next few years, which Rackspace hopes to accommodate. The company cites a Gartner prediction that nearly half of all large enterprises will deploy hybrid clouds by the end of 2017.

The Performance Cloud Servers run on OpenStack, and can be connected to bare metal servers to improve application performance.

“Now, with Performance Cloud Servers as part of our Hong Kong managed and hybrid cloud portfolio, companies can deliver services faster than ever before while at the same time, have a team of specialists to manage and operate all of the hosted infrastructure activities required to be successful on the cloud,” said Ajit Melarkode, managing director for Rackspace Asia Pacific. “In turn, this allows companies to focus on managing their business, without worrying about the performance of their IT systems.”

Performance Cloud Servers are designed with RAID 10-protected SSDs, Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 120 GB RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host, which Rackspace says gives them “2.6x more total overall performance.”

Rackspace’s OpenStack hybrid cloud became available from Hong Kong in late 2013, and a pair of key appointments by the company in April suggested Rackspace would grow its portfolio with international offerings like this.

Both IBM’s SoftLayer and Alibaba’s Aliyun recently opened data centers in Hong Kong to serve China and other markets in Asia.

Responding to the “bare metal” trend in high performance cloud computing, Rackspace began offering dedicated servers that act like cloud VMs last week.

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