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RackSpace and Akamai Partner on Cloud Solutions

RackSpace and Akamai Partner to Provide Hosting, Cloud computing, Content and Application Delivery Services, in a one-stop cloud

Hosting giant RackSpace, and Internet infrastructure provider Akamai Technologies, announced a partnership today that will bring Akamai’s web acceleration and cloud optimization services to RackSpace customers.

RackSpace and Akamai Partner to Provide Hosting, Cloud computing, Content and Application Delivery Services, in a one-stop cloud

Hosting giant RackSpace, and Internet infrastructure provider Akamai Technologies, announced a partnership today that will bring Akamai’s web acceleration and cloud optimization services to RackSpace customers.

Through the partnership, Rackspace will integrate key features from Akamai such as CNAMEs, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and CDN delivery for Cloud Files, Rackspace’s online storage solution for files and media. Rackspace also will resell several Akamai site and application acceleration services to its customers, creating a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud, and acceleration services for web content and applications.RackSpace Cloud HostingAkamai Technologies

Akamai operates a massive global network of more than 77,000 servers located in 71 countries to power its services. Integrating Akamai’s services will help RackSpace customers address four common challenges faced by companies moving their businesses into the cloud or into hosted environments: latency, availability, scalability and security.

“This is a strategic relationship for Akamai and Rackspace aimed at helping our enterprise customers realize the full potential of cloud services from the data center to the end user,” said Willie Tejada, vice president, application and site acceleration for Akamai. “By combining two best-of-class solutions for application hosting and cloud acceleration, Rackspace customers can gain improved performance, security and reliability for their Web-based applications.”

Rackspace will include Akamai solutions, either as an add-on or as an embedded suite of services, as part of Rackspace’s full range of offerings across dedicated, cloud, and hybrid hosting. The initiative will begin with Akamai’s content delivery services being integrated with Cloud Files. Additional current plans include providing Fanatical Support on a range of Akamai services to be sold in conjunction with Rackspace dedicated and cloud hosting services beginning in the second quarter.

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