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Rackspace hosting Review

Rackspace is the little cloud hosting cousin of both Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2. Rackspace cloud may not have all the wiz bang as the other two, but it will get you were you need to go with the best price. So bottom line upfront. If you are in the market for cloud hosting and want to save yet retain great support then you should definitely take a good hard look at Rackspace hosting services.

Rackspace Cloud Servers is VPS only better

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Just like other virtual Private servers (VPS) Rackspace Cloud VPS gives you on demand computing that is scalable, flexible, with the best reliability and performance baked in.

Best VPS performance

Their cloud servers use high quality data center grade SSD drives with 40Gbs of network capacity and 1 – 120GB of RAM.

Reliable through out

World class data centers built from the ground up with redundant networking and power. Servers utilize RAID 10 and ECC memory.

Flexible and scalable VPS

Say goodbye to complex manual VPS server configurations and multiple, overburdened servers. Add load balancers, databases, storage, monitoring, and DNS as a service layer to your stack in just minutes.

Only pay for what is used

No long term commitments and contracts to sign. Scale your use up and down as the need arises and only pay for what you use. Clouds server use is only charged by the minute.

Rackspace Hosting Inc., publicly traded under (RAX), is a recognized industry leader by Gartner Magic Quandrant independent research organization for cloud enabled managed hosting for North America and Europe. Rackspace started out as a small business idea by three Trinity University classmates in 1998 and incorporated in 2000. The hosting company maintains a “A+” rating with the Better Business Burro and has been an accredited business since 2008.
Now a global company Rackspace is headquartered out of San Antonio Texas providing services for over 200,000 customers across 120 countries. With close to six thousand employees Rackspace enjoys a very high score of 3.6 approval rating on Glassdoor and is an Employees’ Choice Award. This is important because good customer service stems from happy employees.

Remarkably Rackspace provides hosting services for over 60% of the Fortune 100 companies. Many web apps run by North American and European users every day are hosted on Rackspaces robust managed cloud platform.

Small business hosted servers

When it comes to creating and managing a small business hosted server, Rackspace offers the most specs bang for your buck.

Support

Need more than just very limited support and access to community forums? Rackspace hosting provides a generous support plan, with 24/7 support from cloud engineers. This makes it a better value for those who are new to hosted services than both Azure and Amazon.  Need white glove support? Rackspace offers its Managed Cloud service with top-tier support for a very reasonable additional monthly fee. Far below the cost of Azure and EC2's highest level support, you get help with just about every facet of your cloud environment, including assistance with databases, FTP, SSL certificates, and security. This of course includes immediate response to any alarms set off by your cloud server.

Capable and feature rich

Rackspace is not as flashy or as automated Microsoft Azure. But, it is a hosting service that does provide a ton of impressive capabilities: including configuring load balancing, creating backups, managing DNS, and much more. Rackspace allows you to set up a website, databases, cloud domains, and more hosted services. Rackspace also offers several Linux images, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, FreeBSD, Gentoo, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, Scientific Linux, and Ubuntu. With Windows server images, you can also install SharePoint and SQL server. Feature-wise, there isn't anything lacking.

100% Network Uptime Guarantee

  • Networks will be available 100% of the time (excluding planned or emergency maintenance).
  • Hardware components will function correctly, or they replace them at no cost to you.
  • HVAC and power will be functioning 100% of the time in a given month.

All data centers have conditional power provided with UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for all servers. Additionally, N+1 redundant UPS power subsystem are provided with instantaneous failover should the primary UPS fail. In the event of an extended power outage from a utility company all data centers have onsite diesel generators. Data center environment is well maintained with air circulated and filtered to remove dust every 90 seconds. Redundant heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are in place as well as advanced fire suppression systems.

Global Infrastructure

Rackspace maintains enterprise-grade data centers positioned across the globe in Chicago, Dallas, Northern Virginia, London, Hong Kong, and Sydney.

Rackspace data centers

Their network is dedicated exclusively to their customers and is fully redundant utilizing only enterprise class equipment. Network topology and configuration, co-developed with Cisco, automatically improves in real time and guards against single points of failure at the shared network level.

Bottom line

Rackspace is an excellent cloud service provider for small businesses. It has the best basic and premium support among the leading service providers. Rackspace may not be as polished as some cloud platform providers, but its customer support is excellent and its pricing make it very competitive. Please visit their website for the latest pricing and most up to date services provided or you can learn more about all the top VPS service providers HERE.

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