Ah, the ever-evolving world of cloud computing.
It can be easy to forget that the cloud is still an emerging
technology, mostly because the hype surrounding it already has it pegged as the
future of the Web, but that is also precisely why every advancement in the
industry is a (potentially) big deal.
Hybrid Hosting from Rackspace
Recently, Rackspace, one of the world’s largest cloud
computing companies, unveiled new enhancements to its RackConnect service that
offer “unified integration of the Rackspace Cloud and dedicated hosting in a
This new blending of technologies, which Rackspace refers to
as Hybrid Hosting, will provide customers with the flexibility and quick
scalability of the cloud, but also the security and performance of dedicated
For companies, including many enterprise-level businesses,
RackConnect offers an affordable solution that allows them to easily integrate
the cloud into their existing technologies. Thanks to the addition of Hybrid
Hosting, these same customers can now add dedicated hosting from a trusted
provider, striking "the elusive balance” of offering strong performance,
low cost and high security, which reduces (or totally eliminates) trade-offs
that a single platform would likely require.
“We are seeing the market react positively to the availability
of a product that gives customers a hybrid computing solution, which allows
them to use cloud and dedicated computing together more seamlessly,” says
Rackspace’s Chief Technology Officer John Engates. “In fact, many of our more
technically sophisticated customers are using RackConnect as a part of their
computing architecture today.”
In addition to integrating Hybrid Hosting into the
RackConnect solution, the company has also listened to feedback from its
customers and developed three new key enhancements to the product.
RackConnect will now
automatically configure servers that are kept in the cloud to a dedicated
environment, as well as instantly adding load balancers to them.
It also includes bolstered security features that make it
simple for customers to configure network security policies like physical
firewalls or cloud server-based software firewalls without having to go through
managed server technicians. Security can now be automatically applied across an
Finally, there will be many more options for customers to
choose from when using the solution, including cost effective hybrid,
enterprise hybrid, load balancing and VPN cloud bursting services.