Rackspace has announced the availability of Dedicated VMware vCloud, a single-tenant, hosted environment that allows workloads to be quickly and securely moved into the cloud using the VMware skills and tools a businesses already has on premise.
The new solution allows businesses to move their production workloads out of their own data centres and into a managed environment while maintaining complete security, and has the added benefits of rapid virtual machine (VM) provisioning, 24/7 guest OS support and exposure to the VMware application program interfaces (APIs).
Additionally the entire environment is backed by Rackspace’s 100% Network Uptime Guarantee and One-Hour Hardware Replacement Guarantee as well as their standard Fanatical Support.
Writing in a blog post Arrian Mehis, General Manager, VMware Practice at Rackspace said “Rackspace takes a rather unique approach by offering customers a single-tenant private cloud that includes physical hardware isolation from the firewall to the storage layer. This eliminates issues common to shared infrastructure like the ‘noisy neighbour’ effect and it helps increase security, which is top of mind for everyone these days.”
Mehis anticipates that the new solution will be used by IT to offload the “keeping-the-lights-on” activities like backing up VMs, and OS patching.
As well as the security Rackspace maintains that a key benefit is the flexibility in the solution as Mehis explains “By exposing the vCloud API directly to each customer, Rackspace allows the customer to integrate a third-party orchestration tool and introduce policy-based governance. Hosted catalogues and self-service are available via the vCloud stack. This helps central IT deliver services to business units more efficiently and quickly. It also maintains the governance that comes with offering only IT-approved images and vApps, meters compute usage, and controls VM size options and lease times.”
The service also uses many of the tools IT departments will be familiar with and enables a businesses current tools to be extended into the managed hosting world. Businesses with investments in VMware vCloud Director can extend their on-premise environments into a Rackspace data centre using public and private catalogues to synchronize images and vApps among their hybrid cloud environments. As Mehis notes “Since VMware sunset the enterprise edition of vCloud Director, the API and future functionality live on in the service provider edition. Enterprises can continue building on their vCloud investment by leveraging the new vCloud Director 5.6 in Rackspace’s Dedicated vCloud offering.”
VMware welcomed the move. "As one of VMware's largest vCloud Air Network service providers and the leader in managed cloud, we are pleased to expand our strategic partnership with Rackspace to accelerate enterprise customers' adoption of the hybrid cloud," said Bill Fathers, Executive Vice President of VMware's Cloud Services business unit.