Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice

Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice

Summary: You'd think that an outage at Rackspace crippled the Internet and left us peering outside our cubicles left to actually talk to real people or something. The reality: Rackspace had another unfortunate outage that happened to hit the folks who write about these things.

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You'd think that an outage at Rackspace crippled the Internet and left us peering outside our cubicles left to actually talk to real people or something. The reality: Rackspace had another unfortunate outage that happened to hit the folks who write about these things.

For sure, Rackspace needs to get its act together as these outages can hurt a company's reputation---especially one as PR happy as Rackspace. Rackspace's cloud stumbled in June and twice in November.

MG Siegler at TechCrunch proclaims that Rackspace's outage took the Internet with it. Actually that's not the case: Rackspace took TechCrunch with it. And Scoble. And Laughing Squid. And a few others vocal bloggers.

Last time I checked, Google, Yahoo and much of the rest of the Internet was fine.

Why? Shhh. Don't tell anyone. Rackspace is small potatoes. Now it's a fast growing bag of potatoes, but still dinky. And the other catch: Rackspace is more about hosting than the cloud. And if Rackspace ever wants to bring down the Internet through its mishaps it will need to grow---significantly. Here's a look at the latest figures from Rackspace. If the company was capable of bringing down the Internet these numbers would be way larger.

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  • A suggestion for a dead cloud...

    Saying the cloud went down lends itself to the term fogging: A cloud everyone can see coming to the ground, blinding everyone.

    So, next time a cloud network fails, say it fogged up. It seems quite appropriate...
    Fatesrider
  • amounts in 1000's of dollars

    Just to note, the dollar amounts are in thousands,
    so you
    have to multiply everything by 1000 to get the
    actual
    dollar amount. So net revenue for September would
    be
    $162,399,000.

    ~Karl
    karlwbloedorn
    • revenue #'s sound way off

      Karl,

      Where did you come up with these 'net' revenue #'s?

      You're claiming that RAX is on a run rate to do almost $2B in revenue?

      They did $536M in gross revenue for 2008. Seems like a everyones
      pipe dream to achieve a 400% increase.

      tom
      toffenba
      • Look it up...

        Rackspace is a publicly traded company with all it's financials on file with the SEC and their last 10Q was published on 11/12/2009.

        It would have been easier to look it up than post a silly reply.
        coyodel
  • RE: Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice

    There's a goal.. grow big enough to take down the whole
    Internet :)
    Warren Whitlock
  • RE: Reality check: Rackspace's cloud goes down; A few blog sites notice

    The Cloud market is really 3 sub-markets:
    1. Consumers
    2. SMBs
    3. Enterprises

    Rackspace, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, etc., have demonstrated (in 2009) that they are Enterprise-Class "wanabe's". They simply do not have the maturity to run business critical applications for enterprises. It is not only the fact that they have these outages, but, in some cases, it is the handling of them. The BING outage in early December was reportedly caused by a mid-day, mid-week change without an adequate back-out plan. Enterprises do NOT allow mid-day, mid-week changes AT ALL.

    Consequently, the Cloud market for enterprises will be the internal Private variety.
    Ken Cameron