21 August 2012

Rackspace opens its first Australian data centre in Sydney

Sydney, Australia - 22 August, 2012 – Rackspace® Hosting, the open cloud company, today announced the launch of its first Australian data centre, located at Erskine Park in Western Sydney. 

The new multi-million dollar investment will support the company’s ongoing growth in Australia. Rackspace can now offer local dedicated hosting and managed virtualization solutions to larger IT contracts looking to deploy enterprise grade private cloud solutions based on VMW are from enterprise, financial markets and government, or any other customer who prefers to keep their data onshore. The data centre also provides the perfect launch pad for Rackspace’s own, OpenStack-based Open Cloud platform, expected to launch into the local market. 

Since entering the Australian and New Zealand markets in 2009, Rackspace has experienced a significant increase in local customer numbers. Mark Randall, Country Manager of Rackspace, Australia and New Zealand said: “Our local customers have learnt that Rackspace is synonymous with the latest in innovative cloud hosting solutions, but the key success driver that really sets us apart from the competition is our focus on service by providing customers with Fanatical Support®.” 

New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner welcomed the investment as another positive step for Sydney’s global profile as a leader for Australia’s ICT sector. “This is another Australian first for Sydney and New South Wales and fantastic news for our State’s reputation globally as the nation’s ICT and digital hub. 

Sydney and New South Wales are well-positioned for growth in the expanding global digital economy and Rackspace’s investment is another significant vote of confidence in our capacity for innovation and collaboration across the ICT sector,” Mr Stoner said. 

The investment will eliminate any doubt about Rackspace’s ongoing commitment to the local market and its Australian customer base, which includes: News Ltd, Webjet, Pacific Brands, Kogan, Lonely Planet, and Treasury Wine Estates. 

The Australian data centre adds to its international data centre footprint, which includes existing facilities in Dallas, Chicago, Virginia, London, and Hong Kong. Since the company launched in 1998 Rackspace has grown its global base to over 190,000 customers and currently hosts more than 60 per cent of the Fortune 100 companies. 

In response to customer requests, Rackspace has recently begun offering customers agreements under New South Wales law, which are compliant with Australia’s National Privacy Principals. This arrangement will be extended to customers hosting at the Sydney data centre. 

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open technologies and powering more than 190,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Rackspace is headquartered in San Antonio with offices and data centers around the world. 

Source: Rackspace