Rackspace Unveils New CDN
Managed cloud computing company Rackspace has unveiled a new service powered by Akamai Technologies, dubbed the Rackspace Content Delivery Network (CDN).
With the launch of the new service, Rackspace and Akamai are expanding their relationship to offer customers integrated, “one-click” access to Akamai’s CDN services via the Rackspace portal. Rackspace CDN will help customers more easily and efficiently deliver entire websites or Web applications with reliability through on-demand access to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This is important because research shows that Web users tend to abandon websites if the desired page doesn’t load quickly.
"The integration of Akamai's CDN into our cloud platform allows us to create an on demand, utility-based, content delivery solution, which expands the Rackspace managed cloud portfolio," said Steve Crusenberry, senior vice president, infrastructure at Rackspace. "As more of our customers focus on the performance of their digital platform, our new CDN solution will give them a faster, more reliable way to deliver website content to their customers across the world. Our relationship with Akamai is an example of our commitment to provide Fanatical Support with industry leading technologies for all of our customers. We're proud to be fulfilling our commitment with today's launch of Rackspace CDN."
Rackspace CDN aims to help users scale their presence across the globe without huge infrastructure investments. It is also important to note that Rackspace’s ability to offer enterprise services as scale is a result of its Fanatical Support. For instance, during early access of the program Rackspace CDN specialists were able to serve 300 customers in less than 24 hours.
"Through this strategic relationship, Rackspace customers can benefit from even easier, faster access to the global scale, reach and performance of the Akamai CDN," said John Sconyers, senior director, Cloud Services Partners, Akamai. "This integration can help users quickly turn on CDN capabilities, using APIs, through Rackspace and immediately take advantage of the ability to offload full web sites and web applications."