LONDON – May 16, 2018 – Rackspace today announced Rackspace Kubernetes-as-a-Service, a highly-available managed service that transforms the way enterprises can utilise new container technologies, accelerating their digital transformation. Rackspace is focused on delivering true transformation as a service across applications, data, security and infrastructure. With this offering, Rackspace will allow enterprises to consume Kubernetes-as-a-Service across all leading public and private cloud platforms to help empower multi-cloud strategies, modernise application development and accelerate time to market, while providing significant cost savings.
According to 451 Research, the application container software market will grow 40 percent over the next few years to nearly $3 billion in 2020. As container adoption booms, Kubernetes has quickly become the leading container orchestration technology for managing production workloads. However, most businesses lack the internal resources and expertise needed to effectively manage a Kubernetes environment on their own.
By delivering a fully managed Kubernetes-as-a-Service, Rackspace is allowing organisations to focus more time and resources on building and running their applications. With Kubernetes-as-a-Service, Rackspace delivers an unmatched level of ongoing operations management and support for the entire technology stack, from the hardware to the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Kubernetes, including the containers and cluster application services such as monitoring, logging, analytics and other functions.
This offering allows businesses to take advantage of the benefits of consuming Kubernetes as part of Rackspace Private Cloud as a Service today, including:
- Transforming “Day 2” Operations: Rackspace helps customers achieve a successful transformation to container-based workloads. In addition to getting customers up and running quickly and easily, Rackspace goes a step further by managing ongoing “Day 2” operations for customers, including updates, high availability upgrades, patching and security hardening for Kubernetes, all managed cluster services and the node operating system. These operations are the lynchpin to realise success with containers and require extensive skill and experience to implement successfully in production.
- Superior Economics: Customers can save up to 50 percent with Rackspace Kubernetes-as-a- Service versus operating it themselves. Customers have options to better predict and control costs, consume the service primarily in an opex or capex model, and the ability to locate the servers and storage wherever they’re needed, including in the customer data centre, Rackspace data centre, third party colocation facility, and soon, in leading public clouds.
- Making Multi-Cloud a Reality: Customers can deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters across private and public clouds, using a single management platform for Kubernetes clusters spanning multiple cloud platforms. Rackspace operates this, insulating the customer from the complexity inherent in spanning multiple clouds.
- Enterprise-Grade Security: From the infrastructure to the cluster itself, including the containers running inside the cluster and additional services required to run the application, Rackspace secures Kubernetes-as-a-Service using industry best practices. Rackspace experts fully validate and vet each component of the service, provide static container scanning and enable customers to restrict user access to the environment. Rackspace has the people, processes and technology in place to help customers meet security, compliance and data sovereignty needs.
“Today, we’re making the most modern infrastructure consumable by every enterprise,” said Lee James, CTO, EMEA, Rackspace. “With Kubernetes-as-a-Service, we are providing the industry’s simplest Kubernetes consumption model by delivering it fully configured, tested and validated at enterprise scale with the managed cluster services customers need to effectively run their applications. Rackspace’s combination of operational experience and open source expertise, coupled with the security, improved economics and a fully managed Kubernetes offering available on leading public and private cloud technologies, helps companies accelerate their digital transformation.”
Kubernetes-as-a-Service will be available on Rackspace Private Cloud in all regions in May. Support for public clouds is planned for release later in 2018. For more information on this solution, please visit here.
Rackspace is a leading provider of IT as a service in today’s multi-cloud world. It delivers expert advice and integrated managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure, including public and private clouds and managed hosting. Rackspace partners with every leading technology provider, including Alibaba, AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. The company is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expertise on which technologies will best serve each customer’s needs. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honoured by Fortune, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace serves more than 140,000 business customers, including most of the Fortune 100, from data centres on five continents. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.
 *451 Research, “The State of the Application Container Market,” January 2017