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Rackspace Tightens Amazon Embrace

Rackspace is adding new services to its portfolio of tools for helping enterprises move workloads to Amazon Web Services, to better serve large and midsized enterprise customers.

Rackspace said it's providing technical data, professional services and a self-service interface for enterprises looking to make the shift to cloud.

The announcement is a step in a multi-year journey from Rackspace from a cloud provider in its own right to providing professional services for AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware, while continuing to provide dedicated hosting and its own OpenStack cloud platform. (See Rackspace Sees Big Bucks in Pro Services.)

Rackspace launched AWS support in late 2015, providing services for designing and building AWS environments, primarily for greenfield applications for enterprises. Early this year, Rackspace added services for migration of existing workloads for monolithic, legacy applications, Prashanth Chandrasekar, vice president and general manager for Rackspace's AWS business unit, tells Enterprise Cloud News.

Now, Rackspace is broadening its AWS services to suit the needs of bigger enterprise customers. "It takes a village to get these things accomplished -- moving larger enterprises to AWS cloud," Chandrasekar says.

"Customers who are looking to migrate to AWS often lack the internal resources and expertise needed to move workloads rapidly and effectively," Rackspace said on its blog Monday.

Under the new service, Rackspace helps plan migration of applications and data, assessing current workloads, including server types and configuration, network topology, security, governance and compliance requirements. Rackspace uses that information to design a systems architecture for AWS.

Rackspace and AWS Professional Services share space inside Rackspace to efficiently migrate and provision new applications.

And Advanced Migration Tooling provides a self-service interface in the Rackspace Control Panel to automate moving workloads to AWS.

Rackspace went private at the end of 2016 in a $4.3 billion deal, laid off about 6% of its workforce at the beginning of the year, and CEO Taylor Rhodes announced in May that he would be stepping down. Rackspace named Joe Eazor to the top job later that month.

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mhhfive 8/1/2017 | 2:39:30 PM
Not loosening its embrace with Google Cloud or Azure... It would be foolish for Rackspace to focus only on AWS, however.... It's nice to see Rackspace expanding its support for AWS, but I think it will also continue to expand its support for Azure and other public/private clouds as well. 

I wonder how its own dedicated hosting services are doing? 
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