Rackspace to Help Sony PlayStation Deploy OpenStack Private Cloud

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Web hosting and cloud hosting provider Rackspace announced Friday in an earnings call it recently signed an agreement with Sony PlayStation in which its “developers and architects will be consulting and supporting the PlayStation team with their OpenStack private cloud deployment.”

The move comes a few weeks after Rackspace launched a free Rackspace Cloud Assessment tool to help businesses decide what their cloud and technology needs to help them effectively migrate to Windows Server 2012.

The partnership comes just months before Sony’s upcoming launch of its heavily-anticipated new gaming system, PS4.

A sufficient and secure cloud network is crucial for PlayStation, especially when considering the April 2011 security breach of the PlayStation servers.

The breach caused a month-long outage of its PlayStation Network, resulting in a loss of revenue of at least $171 million for the company.

Rackspace will be helping Sony with the design and deployment of its PlayStation cloud plans.

In the earnings call, Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said that Sony is now an “enterprise customer”, but remained otherwise tight-lipped about the partnership’s details.

OpenStack, a project Rackspace jointly created with NASA, is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing an open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.

The OpenStack project celebrated its three year anniversary last month.

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