Rackspace partners with Dell for hybrid cloud push

Organisations to get a ready to use pathway to hybrid cloud that includes access to the VMware Cloud Foundation

Rackspace has joined forces with Dell Technologies and VMware to expand its private cloud portfolio to include a secure pathway to hybrid cloud services.

The new offering is described as "turnkey", a ready to use pathway to hybrid cloud environments. It also includes access to the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF).

According to VMware, the industry defines hybrid cloud as the combination of private cloud, public cloud and edge environments unified with consistent infrastructure and consistent operations. It's popular because it allows IT organisations to determine what aspects of public cloud fit their application needs.

VCF runs on Dell EMC VxRail and is used by organisations to provide consistent and secure management for application portfolios across multiple cloud environments. It is the only hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system fully integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager.

What's more, VxRail is proven to deliver up to 52% lower cost of operations over building a proprietary HCI and reduces unplanned downtime by 88%, according to Dell Technologies.

"A successful path to hybrid cloud is much like shooting a free throw in a basketball game - a simple, consistent process leads to more efficient results," said Fidelma Russo, senior vice president and general manager for VMware's Cloud Services Business Unit.

"Through simplifying IT transformation and enabling consistent and secure application management, this ecosystem delivers greatly reduced cost and downtime. Those are the types of results any organisation wants to see."

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Rackspace is hoping to bring the benefits of the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) to more organisations and applications, to accelerate multi-cloud adoption. The idea is to capitalise on the increased investment in digital transformation as businesses add new cloud environments to their overall IT estate.

Expanding options for multi-cloud services with Rackspace will help companies achieve better performance at a lower cost, according to Brian Payne, vice president of cloud for Dell Technologies. He suggested it could ultimately help them stay competitive in this rapidly changing business environment.

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