Rackspace Partners with Google, Equinix on Open Source Initiatives
Rackspace has made two significant partnerships this week in driving open source in the cloud and the data center.
On Thursday, Rackspace launched a fully managed service option for customers deploying OpenStack cloud platforms, including on-premises, or in any Equinix data center location.
In an interview with Talkin’ Cloud’s sister site, Data Center Knowledge, Darrin Hanson, vice president and general manager of Rackspace’s OpenStack private cloud operations said the company is taking “the OpenStack product and delivering it in pre-engineered, cabinet-level solutions that not only allow us to provide the OpenStack layer, but (also) an OpEx model. We will own the assets; we will basically host it back to you in your own facility, and all you’re responsible for as a customer is the space and the power in the data center, and making sure it meets the minimum guidelines.”
For more on the new offering, and how it represents a dramatic change in direction for Rackspace, historically speaking, check out the full story on Data Center Knowledge.
On Wednesday, Google announced that it is working with Rackspace to co-develop an open server architecture design specification based on IBM’s new POWER9 CPU.
The POWER9 data center server specification is designed to fit the proposed 48V open rack Google is co-designing with Facebook.
The news sent Rackspace shares up 7 percent on Wednesday. The jump was the biggest one-day gain since Mar. 11, 2016, according to a report by Bloomberg.
“The moves show how keen Google is to use chip suppliers other than Intel, or to raise the threat of switching to bargain for lower prices from the world’s largest chipmaker. As one of the world’s biggest operators of computer servers, Google’s hardware decisions are watched closely by companies across the industry,” Bloomberg said.