Rackspace, is going to support Microsoft clouds in its data centers!

Rackspace, best known as an OpenStack public cloud service, will now support multi-tenant Microsoft clouds in its data centers. That means if you’re running Hyper-V virtual machines in your enterprise data center, you can build similar systems inside Rackspace and run them there as an extension of your data center. Previously, it was easy to run KVM virtual machines (OpenStack’s default hypervisor) or VMware virtual machines inside Rackspace.

Rackspace is a designated member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network and it Rackspace_Logowill offer a Windows 2012/Hyper-V environment, managed by System Center, according to general manager of Microsoft Private Cloud at Rackspace, Jeff DeVerter, and he said the same in a conversation with Information Week. Six years ago DeVerter joined the company to build its Microsoft SharePoint hosted services, which brings a major part of its business. Moreover, as DeVerter said, everyone is not always ready to put their corporate data in the punlic cloud and in such cases Microsoft private cloud service inside Rackspace will act as an alternative. This partnership between Microsoft and Rackspace is almost like VMware’s switch to the hybrid cloud space.

In a blog post, VP of hosting service providers at Microsoft, Marco Limena also welcomed the combination of Rackspace and Microsoft in the cloud platform. Rackspace will provide technical support to server operations and operating systems. Microsoft Azure is known as a combination of Hyper-V operation with Windows 2012 servers and System Manager’s Virtual Machine Manager. Inside Rackspace data center, customers will use the servers on their own. Rackspace’s business will be given a boost with this latest development as customers will bear no additional charges for branded technical support. It will operate as a multi-tenant cloud with superb control and dedicated servers.

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