San Antonio, Texas – (The Hosting News) – June 30, 2008 – Web hosting company, Rackspace Managed Hosting, has included dedicated network-attached storage (DNAS), a scalable and fully-supported file-based storage system, to expand its storage portfolio offerings.
Designed for enterprises requiring access to large storage, the application is built on the NetApp[R] FAS2000 series storage system. Rackspace DNAS comes in multiple flexible configurations designed by Rackspace storage experts, all of which include several data protection solutions to offer instant backup and data recovery while ensuring the highest security and reliability of customers’ stored data. DNAS is offered in a modular architecture allowing customers to buy smaller storage ‘packs’ providing multiple terabytes of usable storage space.
John Engates, CTO, Rackspace Hosting noted, ”Regulatory requirements, sophisticated applications and the flood of media-rich Web 2.0 sites and software as a service are pushing enterprises to collect and store vast amounts of data. These growing needs require very different storage options. We’ve responded to our customers’ requests by pushing storage to the forefront of our product roadmap, unveiling a breadth of solutions ranging from our CloudFS offering designed for developers and businesses that need highly scalable and low-cost storage up to a fully dedicated NAS offering for enterprises requiring large, file-based storage.”
Rackspace DNAS includes access to a team of dedicated NAS experts to help customers design, scale and maintain an optimal storage configuration for their enterprise architecture. For many customers operating on heterogeneous IT environments, DNAS also allows simultaneous access to stored data from both Windows and Linux platforms, a unique capability among industry NAS offerings.
Steven Wilson, Director of IT, PointRoll noted, ”As a provider of rich media advertising technology, our storage needs are considerable with the amount of digital content we develop. As one of Rackspace’s first customers to start pushing for a dedicated NAS offering, we have been able to provide valuable input on what web 2.0 companies are looking for. Rackspace’s new DNAS offering provides the scalability we need, allowing us to buy additional storage packs as our business grows instead of paying for a large amount that we may or may not need up front. This modular access coupled with Rackspace’s support and technical expertise makes it a storage investment that is hard to beat in the industry.”
In addition to its new dedicated NAS offering, Rackspace’s expanding storage portfolio includes:
* CloudFS, a web-based storage offering that is currently undergoing beta testing and provided through the company’s cloud hosting division, Mosso. CloudFS allows developers to securely store a virtually unlimited amount of data on the web connected through the Rackspace infrastructure.
* Direct attached storage (DAS), a dedicated storage solution for applications that require a lower-cost entry-level cluster or that need an economical solution for expanded storage.
* Storage area network (SAN), an enterprise-class block-based storage option for applications such as databases that require storage that is tuned for optimized performance, low latency, scalability, flexibility and reliability.
Rackspace delivers a diverse suite of enterprise-class hosted IT services to businesses of all sizes. Customers choose Rackspace for its hosting specialization and expertise, backed by the company’s award-winning Fanatical Support. By integrating the industry’s best technologies and delivering them as services, Rackspace serves as an extension of its customers’ IT departments. Because Rackspace removes the burden of infrastructure maintenance and management, customers can focus on their core business. Rackspace’s portfolio of companies also includes the Mosso (www.mosso.com) cloud computing platform and Mailtrust (www.mailtrust.com) a provider of business-class hosted email solutions.
To learn more about Rackspace’s dedicated NAS and other storage offerings, please visit: www.rackspace.com/solutions/storage/dnas.php.
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