Rackspace has launched Australia’s first public cloud offering powered by OpenStack, providing full access to the hybrid cloud offering for local businesses.
The open cloud company says the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud combines elements of public cloud, private cloud and/or dedicated servers, and allows them to work together as one infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud can often provide better performance, reliability, security and lower total cost of ownership than a public cloud can deliver on its own according to Rackspace's director and general manager Angus Dorney.
“We believe that a hybrid cloud option changes the way Australian businesses will make their cloud buying decisions," he says.
"As cloud adoption increases in Australia, businesses are becoming more aware of proprietary technologies that lock them in to specific architectures and vendors.
"Today’s news frees Australian businesses from the vendor lock-in that they face at other major cloud providers, and provides choice for them to deploy an open hybrid cloud.”
The Sydney datacentre opened earlier this year to meet increased demand from Australian companies for managed virtualisation, and with the launch of the public cloud in Australia, the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud is now available to customers in the local datacentre.
“We’re delivering high performing hybrid cloud solutions, while empowering customers to choose features, services, prices and locations based on the needs of their business,” Dorney says.
"It's great to see innovators like Kogan.com, Australia's biggest online retailer, already signing on to be early adopters of our new local hybrid cloud, helping them scale their infrastructure and cater for their growth."
Following Dorney's comments, Kogan.com's director of technology Goran Stefkovski added: “Kogan will be one of the first firms to move its Australian facing IT infrastructure into a local Rackspace Hybrid Cloud.
“We're confident in a seamless transition with the Fanatical Support we receive from Rackspace, and we can't wait to give our customers an even better shopping experience.”