Rackspace fills out its Windows cloud story

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace rolled out on September 8 a new toolkit for customers who want to develop and deploy to its Cloud Servers for Windows service.

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace rolled out on September 8 a new toolkit for customers who want to develop and deploy to its Cloud Servers for Windows service.

The new tookit, known as the Rackspace Cloud Plug-In for Visual Studio 2010, was developed by Microsoft Gold partner Neudesic. Rackspace is touting the toolkit as reducing deployment and provisioning time for its hosted Windows servers, as well as providing users of those Windows servers with a single cloud-management portal.

Rackspace unveiled the beta of its Windows cloud offering (supporting Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2) in November 2009. It rolled out the final version of its Windows cloud offering in August. Pricing for the Cloud Servers for Windows hosting service begins at $0.08 an hour for 1GB RAM and 40GB disk.

Like Amazon with its Windows instances on EC2, Rackspace is targeting customers who want to run Windows in the cloud but who don't want or need Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud operating environment.

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