Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

Summary: Rackspace has launched a beta for Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008 cloud computing services.

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Rackspace has launched a beta for Windows Server 2003 and Server 2008 cloud computing services.

The offering, which was hinted at a few months back in an interview, will be fully supported by Microsoft. In a nutshell, Microsoft will allow its Windows customers to get the same technical support for Windows Servers in Rackspace's cloud as they would in a physical environment.

The program is currently under beta.

Here's a look at the pricing.

Rackspace's Windows effort comes amid a flurry of news for the company of late. On Monday, Rackspace reported third quarter net income of $7.6 million, or 6 cents a share. Revenue for the quarter was $162.4 million, up 17.4 percent from a year ago. The results were in line with expectations.

According to Rackspace, the bulk of that revenue derived from managed hosting services. Cloud revenue accounted for 10 percent of total revenue.

Meanwhile, Rackspace ended the quarter with 80,994 customers, up from 70,803 in the second quarter. In addition, Rackspace announced that its cloud would power the Posterous blog platform.

Topics: Hardware, Banking, Browser, Data Centers, Enterprise Software, Operating Systems, Servers, Software, Windows

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  • Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

    That is pretty awesome. Just goes to show how viable of a platform Microsoft Windows really is. Its a very robust operating system and scales well.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

    I see 3 possibilities in this; which one do you think this is?

    1. RackSpace has received from Microsoft their support and agreement to share the "Azure" cloud software with them

    2. RackSpace has developed its OWN Cloud software, capable of clustering and managing many, many Windows servers with a multi-tenants environment

    3. RackSpace is using Windows Servers and a third-party Cloud software running on Windows, which Microsoft has accepted to support

    So 1, 2 or 3?
    pblanchard@...
    • RE: Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

      Hi pblanchard -

      Thanks for the post. The closest answer is #3, but not quite 100%. The Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) helps certify virtualization technologies in supporting Windows. And, there are only a handful of technologies and vendors certified currently. Beyond our relationship with Microsoft, we also have a strategic partner in this that is one of the vendors on the SVVP list.

      Let me put it this way, it?s no secret that we use a customized version of open source *Xen* for Cloud Servers for Linux. It?s not a stretch to figure out a logical hypervisor path from there for Cloud Servers for Windows. Just go to the SVVP vendor list and it will probably be perfectly clear.

      http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1521&cpID=0&avc=0&ava=0&avq=0&OR=1&PGS=25

      Chandler
      chandlervaughn
  • RE: Rackspace adds Windows Server support to its cloud

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