Value Added Resellers, or VARs, have for a long time found marked success in fulfillment of hardware, software and professional services gaps that traditional tier one hardware manufacturers could not or chose not to realize; largely due to inability to scale down to lower volume thresholds.
As an eight-year veteran of hosted VMware, Rackspace manages 45,000 vSphere virtual machines and is a Hybrid Cloud Powered, long-standing top tier partner in the newly branded VMware vCloud Air Network. We have also aligned with the EMC Federation to deliver complete and comprehensive solutions backed by high value Fanatical Support to manage customer clouds anywhere in the world entirely underpinned by trusted EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA technologies and supporting ecosystems for best-in-class solutions.
Federated and interoperable OpenStack clouds are on the horizon, as code development work, led by a CERN research fellow sponsored by Rackspace as part of a CERN openlab project, has been included in the latest OpenStack release, Icehouse.
Kabbee is growing. Last year, we grew nearly 400 percent and we’re looking to continue that trend and grow by the same amount this year and next, culminating in a growth rate of 64 times in just three years.
I spend a considerable amount of time in front of customers and prospects. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about hybrid cloud. What’s the right approach? How long does migration take? What needs to be done in preparation? What benefits can our organization expect to receive? After fielding these questions across the country for lots of different size companies in a variety of industries, I thought it might be valuable to share some answers.
Hybrid cloud can be a game-changing move for your business. As an IT leader, you need the right information to make tough decisions about where to run workloads and how to manage your virtual environment. Should you go big or start small with hosting? How do you maintain your vision?
Historically, IT managers and leaders have relied on tools like TCO, or “Total Cost of Ownership,” to analyze and stack rank various projects and IT priorities. This approach works well when the types of application services being delivered aren’t changing much; it’s simply a cost comparison. Rackspace, like many service providers, has a TCO tool and associated Advisory Services (see the TCO white paper as well) that does a great job of providing a thorough analysis for mostly static environments where outsourcing, hosting and/or managed colocation are excellent first steps for organizations beginning their IT cloud transformation journeys and/or for specific legacy workloads not suitable for re-architecting due to cost or risk reasons.