6/05/08

Rackspace Hosting Expands Storage Offering with Enterprise-class Dedicated Network Attached Storage

Katie Evans , Managing Editor, International Research

Hosting Leader’s Expertise Ranges from Cloud-based Storage to Enterprise NAS

SAN ANTONIO – June 3, 2008 –
Rackspace® Hosting, a leading hosting services provider, today announced the company has expanded its storage portfolio to include dedicated network-attached storage (DNAS), a scalable and fully-supported file-based storage offering for enterprises requiring access to large storage.

Built on NetApp® FAS2000 series storage system, Rackspace DNAS comes in multiple flexible configurations designed by Rackspace storage experts, all of which include several data protection solutions to offer instant backup and data recovery while ensuring the highest security and reliability of customers’ stored data. DNAS is offered in a modular architecture allowing customers to buy smaller storage “packs” providing multiple terabytes of usable storage space.

“Regulatory requirements, sophisticated applications and the flood of media-rich Web 2.0 sites and software as a service are pushing enterprises to collect and store vast amounts of data. These growing needs require very different storage options,” said John Engates, CTO, Rackspace Hosting. “We’ve responded to our customers’ requests by pushing storage to the forefront of our product roadmap, unveiling a breadth of solutions ranging from our CloudFS™ offering designed for developers and businesses that need highly scalable and low-cost storage up to a fully dedicated NAS offering for enterprises requiring large, file-based storage.”

Rackspace DNAS includes access to a team of dedicated NAS experts to help customers design, scale and maintain an optimal storage configuration for their enterprise architecture. For many customers operating on heterogeneous IT environments, DNAS also allows simultaneous access to stored data from both Windows and Linux platforms, a unique capability among industry NAS offerings.

“As a provider of rich media advertising technology, our storage needs are considerable with the amount of digital content we develop. As one of Rackspace’s first customers to start pushing for a dedicated NAS offering, we have been able to provide valuable input on what web 2.0 companies are looking for,” said Steven Wilson, director of IT, PointRoll. “Rackspace’s new DNAS offering provides the scalability we need, allowing us to buy additional storage packs as our business grows instead of paying for a large amount that we may or may not need up front. This modular access coupled with Rackspace’s support and technical expertise makes it a storage investment that is hard to beat in the industry.”

In addition to its new dedicated NAS offering, Rackspace`s expanding storage portfolio includes:

For more information on Rackspace’s dedicated NAS and other storage offerings, please visit http://www.rackspace.com/solutions/storage/dnas.php.

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting delivers hosted IT systems and computing to businesses of all sizes. Customers choose Rackspace for its hosting specialization and expertise, backed by the company’s award-winning Fanatical Support®. Customers can receive benefits such as higher quality, lower cost and better performance from Rackspace’s vast knowledge of industry best-practices. Because Rackspace removes the burden of IT systems maintenance and management, customers can focus on key areas that differentiate their business. Rackspace`s portfolio of hosted services includes managed hosting (www.rackspace.com), email hosting (www.mailtrust.com) and cloud hosting (www.mosso.com). Rackspace is recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best companies to work for, ranking number 32 on the 2008 list. For more information on Rackspace Hosting please visit www.rackspace.com or call 800-961-2888.

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Topics:

Cloud storage, Computer storage, Network-attached storage, Rackspace, Storage area network

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