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Blog, Enterprise IT - Written by Renai LeMay on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 17:51 - 5 Comments
Rackspace promises Aussie datacentre
blog If you talk to US-based companies about hosting providers, they’re likely to rabbit on and on about the unholy dominant duo of the US market: Amazon and Rackspace. Amazon. Rackspace. Rackspace. Amazon. It gets to be a bit repetitive at times. If you’re not with one, you’re with the other. Or both. And now both are (reportedly) expanding into Australia.
Like Amazon, Rackspace recently opened an Australian office and starting hiring local staff. Like Amazon, Rackspace has already notched up some Australian customers. And also like its eternal rival, Rackspace’s appeal to Australian customers has been somewhat limited by the fact that it doesn’t have any Australian infrastructure. But as iTNews reports today (we recommend you click here for the full article), all that may be about to change, as Rackspace follows Amazon in yet another way: Australian infrastructure. The publication quotes Rackspace chief operating officer Mark Roenigk:
Roenigk told iTnews this week that an Australian data centre was “a possibility in the next year”. “As you know, we have a sales office in Australia, and we will open a data centre in Australia in the next 12 to 18 months.”
Now Rackspace is a little more than a pure hosting company. I would say that, like a handful of companies in Australia such as Hostworks, the company doesn’t really specialise in the commodity web hosting hosting space but pushes up more towards the premium area; delivering managed service and cloud-computing type services, and even Software as a Service platforms such as Sharepoint.
If it does invest in its own datacentre infrastructure in Australia (probably becoming a tenant in a facility such as that offered by Global Switch rather than deploying its own physical facility, it could become a strong local player; bringing a maturity to the hosting and cloud infrastructure market which is still somewhat lacking locally, with most rival companies in the space still gradually working out the technology back-end to make this kind of service scalable.
Of course, we’ve heard various promises and speculative hints about Australian datacentres from a number of global companies over the past few years. There was Amazon.com. There was Salesforce.com. There was Netsuite. And even Telstra has expressed its desire to host Microsoft cloud infrastructure on shore. None of this has eventuated so far; it will be interesting to see whether Rackspace can be the global cloud provider to break the trend. We await the outcome with bated breath.
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