Saturday, November 25, 2017

HPE, Rackspace team up on pay-as-you-go OpenStack private cloud

Service to be offered from a private cloud environment located in enterprises’ data centres, a colocation facility or a data centre managed by Rackspace.

Two of the industry’s largest data centre and cloud services providers Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) and Rackspace have come together to launch what they claim to be the industry’s first pay-as-you-go OpenStack private cloud,  delivered as a managed service.

The OpenStack Private Cloud offering with pay per use infrastructure has been designed to offer enterprises the basic public cloud services, such as cloud-like utility pricing, elastic infrastructure and simplified IT, in a private cloud environment located in their data centre, a colocation facility or a data centre managed by Rackspace.

The service will be generally available in all regions on November 28, with additional solutions for Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure Stack expected in 2018.

Antonio Neri, president of HPE, said: “The launch of OpenStack Private Cloud with pay per use infrastructure delivered by Rackspace and HPE marks a pivotal moment in the private cloud market and in the industry at large.

“This experience is the best of the cloud and on-premises worlds, and we fully expect this simple pay-per-use technology model to change the way enterprises make technology decisions.”

Scott Crenshaw, executive vice president of private cloud at Rackspace, said: “With this innovative delivery model, Rackspace and HPE are removing the barriers to private cloud adoption, giving customers even more choice of technology platforms that best fit their application needs.

“We are proud to partner with HPE to continue enabling customer success with private clouds. And, with this common goal in mind, our companies plan to extend this model to Rackspace’s entire managed private cloud portfolio in the future, including VMware and Microsoft Azure Stack technologies.”

Also commenting, Michelle Bailey, group vice president, general manager and research fellow at IDC Research, said that as enterprise organisations continue to invest in both on-premises and hosted private cloud capabilities, they are increasingly incorporating a richer set of cloud services.

Bailey said: “In a world where digital transformation is rapidly impacting every industry, enterprises need to both modernise their IT and remain agile to maintain competitive advantage.”