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Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers Available to Australian Customers

Australian Trade Professional Software Company simPRO the First to Trial in the Region

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - May 06, 2014) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced that its redesigned public cloud with Performance Cloud Servers will be available in Australia on 13 May. This new offering creates a powerful hosting platform for a variety of workloads, ranging from web hosting, eCommerce applications to larger scale NoSQL data stores like MongoDB and Cassandra.

Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers are powered by OpenStack® enabling programmatic on-demand access. Customers can connect the new cloud servers to dedicated bare metal servers as part of the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud, which can provide an unparalleled level of application performance. With the unique combination of hybrid cloud architecture, open source technologies and Fanatical Support®, Rackspace provides expert help through all aspects of the customer's experience, from planning and architecting to day-to-day proactive management of their hosted infrastructure.

As the first to trial Performance Cloud Servers in Australia, leading Australian technology company simPRO is delivering ERP and mobile solutions even faster to its 1,900 customers around the world. SimPRO has been able to utilise the advances in Rackspace high performance cloud to increase application response and scalability whilst also delivering a far more resilient and fault tolerant set of applications.

Jonathan Eastgate, CTO at simPRO comments, "Using a combination of Rackspace high performance servers with their incredibly fast network and the SSD block storage, we were able to quickly deploy highly scalable database and web clusters which we were previously unable with bare metal configurations. The performance of this infrastructure and its availability through Rackspace's global data centre network has also enabled us to geographically spread network and data access points globally."

"The performance of Rackspace SSD block storage has also had a dramatic impact on our database performance and in some cases improved database response by up to 40%. Web server connect times were also improved up to 50% through the high performance servers improved connectivity."

The Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers are designed with 100 percent data center-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), powerful Intel® Xeon® E5 processors, up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host. These servers deliver more total performance over existing Cloud Servers as follows*:

  • 4X more total RAM
  • 2X more total CPU performance
  • 132X more total disk I/O (input/output)
  • 8.3X more total network bandwidth
  • 2.6X more total overall performance

The new Performance Cloud Servers' high throughput network has been specifically designed to work with Rackspace Cloud Block Storage, delivering up to 1.5X more disk I/O performance for Standard volumes and 2.5X more disk I/O performance for SSD volumes**.

Jonathan Eastgate comments, "Our operations are expanding significantly with offices currently in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. We previously managed a co-location environment but our growth and demand, required a much faster cloud solution that met our needs for performance, reliability and customer support. Rackspace Performance Cloud helps us deliver even more benefits of simPRO Enterprise to our customers. Everything is delivered online through the applications. This offers companies a real-time holistic view of everything happening in the business whether it be in the office or in the field."

"In today's world of instant demand, applications must be capable of performing at scale without compromise. Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers enable our customers, like simPRO, to achieve best-fit infrastructure to optimise the performance of their applications. Our latest announcement redefines the benchmark for performance in our public cloud offering as part of our Australian hybrid cloud portfolio," said Angus Dorney, general manager, Rackspace ANZ.

For more information on Performance Cloud Servers visit: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/servers/.

* Benchmarks compare a 30GB Standard Cloud Server to a 120GB Performance Cloud Server, the largest available in each class. Multiple tests were run for each benchmark and the average score taken. Linux kernel compile time was used to measure CPU performance, fio to measure disk I/O, iperf to measure network bandwidth and unixbench to measure overall performance.

** Benchmarks use fio to compare Cloud Block Storage Standard and SSD volume performance on a 15GB Standard Cloud Server and 15GB Performance Cloud Server. Multiple tests were run and the average score taken.

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best -- whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company's award-winning Fanatical Support helps customers successfully architect, deploy and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.au.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with the Rackspace's hybrid cloud solutions, cloud services or other associated products and services; anticipated operational and financial benefits from Rackspace's hybrid cloud solutions, cloud services or other associated products and services; including any statements concerning expected development, performance or operational results related to any particular customer or customers of our customers associated with our cloud solutions; any other statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include including the possibility that expected benefits from the Rackspace cloud network program or the products and services offered through the Rackspace cloud network program may not materialize because the products or services are not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the products or services cost effectively, differentiate the products and services from competitive products and services or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the products or services, (iii) changes in technology which adversely affect the benefits of the product, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the platform, products and services; (vi) issues relating to the performance of a customer's configuration caused by forces outside of the control of Rackspace; and other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the year ended March 31, 2012, filed with the SEC on May 9, 2013. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

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