Rackspace Includes Private Cloud Product in Partnership with Rightscale Cloud Management Software

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Cloud management software RightScale announced on Monday it has extended its partnership with cloud hosting provider Rackspace to include integration with the Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition, the company’s OpenStack-powered private cloud product that is backed by Rackspace managed services and “fanatical support”.

The announcement marks the latest move in RightScale’s strategy to combat vendor lock-in for its cloud management software by supporting multiple hybrid cloud enterprise solutions, following its partnerships with SoftLayer Technologies and HP Cloud earlier this year.

RightScale Cloud Management had previously been integrated with Rackspace Public Cloud. With this extended partnership, customers of the Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition can now use RightScale as a single cloud management solution across any Rackspace public, private and hybrid cloud deployments.

Launched in August, Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition enables enterprise IT departments to build production clouds using OpenStack’s open source software, along with published reference architectures and full support from Rackspace.

RightScale has actively participated in the OpenStack project since it first launched. With RightScale Cloud Management, new Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition customers will now be able to manage a hybrid cloud through a single platform in which they can move workloads across private and public clouds.

The partnership also gives OpenStack users a consistent reference configuration for private clouds, which Rackspace expects will accelerate the number of deployment of its cloud platforms among RightScale customers.

Users will be able to deploy a Rackspace cloud in their chosen data center, giving them more flexibility.

“We are thrilled that Rackspace is bringing its Fanatical Support and expertise to the private cloud space,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale. “RightScale has been a long-time Rackspace partner and we see this as yet another strong advance in our joint offering for customers.”

As a special promotion, Rackspace is offering new customers a 50 percent discount on the first 3 months of Rackspace’s hybrid service when they enter the coupon code “hybridftw” at checkout.

Talk back: Are you currently partnering with a cloud management software like RightScale to integrate within your cloud hosting solutions? Do you think Rackspace will see further deployments among RightScale customers with this extended partnership? Let us know in the comments.

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