Rackspace Managed Cloud

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Rackspace review by <span>Miroslav B.</span>
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What do you like best?

We have tried a number of cloud services before hearing about Rackspace. Honestly, after trying their and using their private cloud service, we're sold. I could go on and on about how much we like the service but I'll outline the most important points for us. Rackspace's cloud is very reliable and flexible. You can get stuff done very quickly without infrastructure constraints. Next, they have wonderful team of experts. They helped us design our environment and they also maintain it for us. Whenever there's a problem or we need to help with something, they're a great support (and fast!). During our time with the service, we have never experienced an outage. They even made a plan for our needs so we do not pay more for something we don't need. And so on.

What do you dislike?

As I wrote in the part with positives, we love this service so there's nothing we dislike, really.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a managed cloud service, this is the right choice for you! You even get a free trial period so there's really nothing to think about. You give nothing to try something amazing which will definitely suit your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to create complex workloads using VMware technology and self-service portals. We were looking for a 100% reliability and help with setting the service up which we found with Rackspace. Benefits are really in everything as I wrote in the positives.

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Rackspace review by <span>Lee P.</span>
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Love Rackspace!

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What do you like best?

The Rackspace Managed Cloud platform allowed us to eliminate dedicated hardware servers and start using a robust, flexible platform for our (and our client's) web services delivery needs. We can almost instantly spin up the configuration we need, easily change configurations as needed, and never be paying for more "servers" than we need.

What do you dislike?

To date we have had no issues with the service, its availability, its performance, or its features. If there is something we can't do on Rackspace's cloud platform we have not found it yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rackspace is a great company to do business with and they provide cutting edge services. Their support is beyond comparison.... both extremely responsive and proactive. We have been a Rackspace client for over 10 years and we recommend their services without hesitation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of buying dedicated servers and putting them in a colo space, Rackspace's Managed Cloud has given us the flexibility and online tools we need to access the server infrastructure we require just in time. They offer cloud servers in a huge variety of configurations, support all operating systems, include CDN services with their Cloud Files service, and in general have made our lives that much easier. Cost savings are clearly realized by creating just the right amount or server horsepower we need, and not overbuying. Configurations can easily be changed (increased or decreased) so if we need more resources for a particular event, they are quickly brought online. When the event is over, we can easily roll back to where we were.

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Rackspace review by <span>Javier R.</span>
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A must-have for almost everything

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What do you like best?

It is a service focused on support and simplicity. You don't have to deal with the complexity the competitors can offer. You can move to a single cloud server and scale when your website go viral. Keep paying affordable bills until you really need more resources.

What do you dislike?

Maybe a better documentation could be great, but don't worry about it because the support is awesome. It's not the first time I receive a call just to hear about my needs and improve the service. They really care about your problems and experience, not your money.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it when you are ready, don't waste time and money just testing it. You are not going to need hours to deploy your solutions because the service is ready to use without specific a specific installation procedure. Don't hesitate about contacting support, you are paying for it and they are waiting for you to help. It's a different company focused on getting a better experience based on a good support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Rackspace Managed Cloud services to solve scalability problems without having any expert in our team. The managed service "is" our scalability expert (for any kind of web applications). We are also moving to CDN in order to deliver a better experience to our customers.

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Rackspace review by <span>Steve S.</span>
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Most Secure Managed Cloud Server Ever!

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What do you like best?

We have been using Rackspace since about 5 years now and we are very pleased with its services. We used PowerVPS in the past, but then we got a lot of issues. We moved to Rackspace and since then we do not get mush security issues. Rackspace Managed Cloud, lets us manage the servers and its services very easily.

We have the admin power of rebooting the servers and fixing the issues as they arrive. It provides the secure ports and SSH panel to manage any activity on the server. Support team is really helpful and available when we need them!

What do you dislike?

Sometime we need a little more consultancy when it comes to manage the bandwidth and limits of users. Rackspace team provides the details and the recommendations to improve the servers time to time but it can be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rackspace is one of best cloud server. It is great service for business owners who has a number of websites to be hosted. In case you want to give best security to your websites, just go for Rackspace Cloud Servers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We host the business websites and want to keep the websites with no downtime. We need to make sure the sites are secure and accessible to users all the time!

We have seen great benefits form Rackspace as our sites are always accessible to users and we do not have much security concerns.

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Rackspace review by <span>Andrian J.</span>
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A great solution for your own cloud

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What do you like best?

The managed cloud has just enough features to test, deploy and maintain development, uat/stage and production servers/environments reliable and fast via web or using API and cloud tools. It is much easier to manage your cloud because you are not puzzled by hundreds of thousands of menus and other tools you might never use. The support team in managed cloud is awesome, they always responded quickly and provided the exact expected answers and help!

What do you dislike?

Managed cloud to Public cloud firewall and networking setup could be hard to understand for non-technical people, it is also complicated to manage those rules.

API sometimes returns errors without a clear reason, so you have to re-do the last step (and kill semi-provisioned machines, etc). This is probably a client-side issue, but this is also one of the things I didn't like. RackSpace doesn't pay much attention to open-source tools and libraries (like 'fog', for example), most of them do not support all the features, or are not working at all.

When you have a cloud, you expect to provision it using automated tools/scripts, and open-source tools are very useful here.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an awesome, easy to implement cloud solution. If you need a managed cloud, you won't get it wrong with Rackspace Managed Cloud!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design, install, provision, support and improve infrastructures for various clients, including e-commerce, blogging, and forums platforms.

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Rackspace review by <span>Lewis John M.</span>
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What do you like best?

On a number of occasions I've spoken with Rackspace support. All of my issues have been resolved in a number of minutes whilst on the phone to one of the systems administrators. It's a real nice experience to be able to run complex, infrastructure-intensive integration tests on Rackspace with barely a hitch.

What do you dislike?

... in all honesty, not much. I am struggling to think of any issues I've had which I could describe as me having a dislike for. Everything I have asked of Rackspace Managed Cloud has met my expectations and requirements.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rackspace has met all of our business requirements as we strive to continue with development and provisioning of our open source middleware solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are interested in undertaking large scale, continuous integration testing of various NoSQL database solutions in order to validate our middleware software solution. Being able to replicate highly concurrent, active environments across a cluster of machines is critical to us further validating our product. We use JClouds to undertake all of the Rackspace services orchestration then Chef to undertake software provisioning.

We've realized that with some carefully crafted code we can utilize the power and flexibility of Rackspace to satisfy our business and software requirements.

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