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Rackspace Certifies Private Cloud Partners

Posted on 10.17.2012

Rackspace, the developer of a popular open cloud, is now offering product certifications to its Rackspace Private Cloud partners.

In case you still haven’t heard of Rackspace, it’s a company that helps businesses easily deploy and manage private clouds, which can quickly (as in under an hour) be downloaded and used in a customer’s datacenter. These clouds are supported by Rackspace’s open cloud experts.

At present, thousands of different businesses, organizations and individuals across the globe use the Rackspace Private Cloud software, and according to the company, many of their partners have been asking for a way to certify their Private Cloud products, hardware or software through Rackspace. In doing this, it will be able to extend the capabilities of its open cloud solution by providing programs to its partners that can validate their offerings against Rackspace’s solution, making them more attractive to potential customers that also use the Private Cloud.

Because it can be difficult and costly (both in time and monetary investment) to build hardware, apps and platforms that run on Rackspace OpenStack private clouds, as it requires “deep expertise and knowledge,” customers can turn to the Rackspace Private Cloud certification program, which provides a consistent, supportable, tested platform to test products for compatibility with other open private clouds.

To increase versatility, Rackspace is actually offering two different types of product certifications. The first is the Technology Alliance Program that is designed for hardware and platform vendors that offer products and solutions in conjunction with the Rackspace Private Cloud. Partners can include compute, hardware, storage hardware, networking, operating systems and management tools, and they will work with Rackspace engineers to get detailed testing criteria in QA and validation labs to ensure compatibility.

The other type is the “Built For” Program, which was designed for software vendors that want to build applications running in guest virtual machines or to manage app workloads with the Private Cloud. Again, they’ll receive a testing suite and hosted validation environment that confirms their app’s compatibility with the Rackspace Private Cloud.

“Running a large-scale, enterprise private cloud is not an easy task,” says Rackspace’s private cloud vice president, Paul Rad. “Our goal is to help enterprise IT to deploy private clouds that have the efficiently and robustness of Rackspace’s public cloud, which runs  thousands of virtual machines. The product certification program opens the door for IT executives to choose a certified stack that has been validated and supported by Rackspace and its certification partners.”


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