Racker Justin Shepherd speaks to the tech talk crowd during his Wednesday presentation "How Rackspace Makes OpenStack Production Ready." 

SAN ANTONIO – April 28, 2015 – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, today announced the launch of Rackspace Content Delivery Network (CDN).  This new service is powered by Akamai Technologies, the global leader in CDN services. With the launch of the Rackspace CDN offering, Rackspace and Akamai are expanding their long‑standing relationship to offer customers integrated, “one-click” access to Akamai’s industry-leading CDN services via the Rackspace portal. Rackspace CDN will help customers more easily and efficiently deliver entire websites or web applications with global scale and reliability through on-demand access to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

Research suggests that nearly half of web users tend to leave a website and abandon their search or purchase if the desired page doesn’t load in the first 3 seconds.[1]  Rackspace CDN allows businesses to deliver website content and applications to their customers faster, helping to improve site traffic and customer engagement.

The integration of Akamai’s CDN into our cloud platform allows us to create an on demand, utility-based, content delivery solution, which expands the Rackspace managed cloud portfolio,” said Steve Crusenberry, senior vice president, infrastructure at Rackspace. “As more of our customers focus on the performance of their digital platform, our new CDN solution will give them a faster, more reliable way to deliver website content to their customers across the world. Our relationship with Akamai is an example of our commitment to provide Fanatical Support® with industry leading technologies for all of our customers.  We’re proud to be fulfilling our commitment with today’s launch of Rackspace CDN.”

With Rackspace CDN, customers now have a competitive advantage, as they will be able to scale out their worldwide presence efficiently without massive infrastructure investments. Rackspace’s ability to provision enterprise services at scale is a

hallmark of Fanatical Support. During the early access program, Rackspace CDN specialists were able to provision 300 customers in less than 24 hours.

“Through this strategic relationship, Rackspace customers can benefit from even easier, faster access to the global scale, reach and performance of the Akamai CDN,” said John Sconyers, senior director, Cloud Services Partners, Akamai. “This integration can help users quickly turn on CDN capabilities, using APIs, through Rackspace and immediately take advantage of the ability to offload full web sites and web applications.”

For more information on the new Rackspace CDN offering, visit www.rackspace.com/cdn.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company. 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 customer 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. Based in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 300,000 business customers from data centers on four continents.

Forward Looking Statement

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 facts are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with Rackspace Content Delivery Network offering; anticipated operational and financial benefits from Rackspace Content Delivery Network offering; 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 Rackspace Content Delivery Network 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; and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting’s Form 10-K for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on March 2, 2015. 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.

[1] Speed Is A Killer – Why Decreasing Page Load Time Can Drastically Increase Conversions, Kiss Metrics.

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Christina Weaver was a public relations specialist at Rackspace. The PR team helps tell the world about Rackspace and how it is driving the charge as the service leader in cloud computing. Christina came to Rackspace following three years at an Austin PR agency focusing on high tech and start-ups. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, friends and chocolate lab, Boca.


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