Rackspace Buys Into Cloud Computing

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Literally.  Rackspace has announced that it will be moving its cloud computing services division one step further by purchasing two new organizations.  Slicehost and Jungle Disk were purchased for a combined $11.5million.  Slicehost offers Xen-based virtual machine hosting.  Jungle Disk provides cloud storage through Amazon’s platform.

Rackspace’s chief technology officer told IT PRO that his firm is looking to make cloud computing standards based, so firms aren’t locked in. “One deterrent is that people feel like they get into one vendor or one type of technology,” John Engates said.

He added that cloud computing has previously been too difficult to use without investing developer time, saying Rackspace is looking to simplify the technology and make it user friendly. “It’s sort of designed for developers of those with computer science backgrounds,” said Engates. “That’s not accessible for business – especially small businesses, but even large businesses.”

Additionally, Rackspace has rebranded its existing cloud site hosting to “Cloud Sites.”  For more info on the move from Rackspace, read the full article here.



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