HPE and Rackspace offer on-premises ‘cloud’ systems

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20 November 2017

HPE and Rackspace have partnered to offer pay-as-you-go services similar to the public cloud but located in private data centres. The OpenStack-based services can have the systems installed in users’ own data centres, in a colocation facility, or in Rackspace’s data centres.

The move is meant to counter the growing popularity of public cloud services where you pay as you go rather than make the up-front massive investment and then have to maintain and eventually dispose of the systems when they are old.

This is an idea that is gaining traction. Microsoft offers Azure Stack, which puts Azure in your private data centre, Oracle has Cloud at Customer, and Google and Cisco plan to bring Google Cloud Platform to on-premises users in the near future. According to an IDC prediction, the pay-as-you-go consumption models will account for 50% of on-premises and off-premises physical IT and data centre asset spending by next year.

OpenStack Private Cloud features
The new managed service is called OpenStack Private Cloud. It is being aimed at industries that have short bursts of computational needs, such as retailers during Christmas. With the colocation or Rackspace hosting, customers can add capacity in minutes, then disengage the hardware when it is no longer needed.

In a blog post announcing the new service, Rackspace claims customers can save up to 40% versus the leading public cloud, although it does not go into detail. It also promised the service would run on a single-tenant model so that users do not have problems with a “noisy neighbour,” a term used to describe another tenant in the virtual machine that monopolises the system hardware, thus degrading their application performance.

A single-tenant model also allows customers to more easily meet security, compliance and data sovereignty needs.

OpenStack Private Cloud will be generally available in all regions on 28 November. Rackspace said it will offer similar Private Cloud services powered by VMware and Microsoft Azure Stack some time in 2018.



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