New York, New York – (The Hosting News) Hosting services provider, Rackspace Hosting, Inc. has released its new Platform Hosting solution, created as a unique alternative to colocation, at the Web 2.0 Conference recently.

Platform Hosting was developed to give users the control to manage all aspects of their hosting environment, with the added benefit of managed hardware and aggressive service level agreements, backed by a world-class data center and network infrastructure.

Lew Moorman, Chief Strategy Officer, Rackspace Hosting noted, ”For years, colocation has been the only viable option for companies that have the technical expertise on staff to administer their infrastructure but don’t want the added expense or burden of managing their own data center facility. However, colocation still requires having resources close by and an inventory of hardware in the event of a failure – which can be a huge burden for IT departments. As a service company, we know that customers value our Fanatical Support and wanted a solution where the hardware burden still rests with Rackspace but full control of the applications and systems reside with them; thus Platform Hosting was born.”

Rackspace’s mission is to change the way companies consume IT services by offering an entire portfolio of solutions to fit every customer’s evolving needs. With Platform Hosting, Rackspace provides 24/7 management of the equipment, network infrastructure and data center. The customer retains full control and manages the everyday administrative responsibility of their hosting environment including the operating system, networking devices, monitoring, storage and applications. This offering gives customers that require more control and flexibility the ability to administer their environment, without the burden of managing the hardware infrastructure.

The Platform Hosting solution easily scales to fit a customer’s growth and complexity needs. A dedicated Rackspace team provides infrastructure support along with design and deployment expertise to ensure customers can focus on their application environment, not the day-to-day burden of managing the infrastructure. Rackspace backs the Platform Hosting solution with its 100 percent Network Uptime Guarantee and one hour hardware replacement guarantee.

Melanie Posey, research director, IDC offered, ”Rackspace’s Platform Hosting is a powerful value proposition for companies that currently host in-house or house their infrastructure in colocation facilities. These companies typically have the internal IT staff to manage the operating system, middleware, and application layers but seek to offload the capital-intensive tasks related to hardware procurement, system administration, and datacenter management. Thus, Platform Hosting represents an ideal ”division of labor” solution for in-house hosters and traditional colocation customers.”

Mark Imbriaco, system administrator, 37signals added, ”As a long time Rackspace customer, we’re intimately familiar with the robustness of their network and the top-notch hardware support they offer. Now that we are using the Platform Hosting service, we’re able to take advantage of our own IT management experience, giving us more control over the administration of our infrastructure, which allows us to make changes and address issues faster than ever. At the same time, we’re able to rely on Rackspace’s world class network, datacenters, and hardware support. The cost savings and convenience are tremendous.”

Rackspace Hosting provides computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, with the goal of making computing more reliable and affordable. A trusted partner to companies of all sizes, Rackspace enables IT departments to be more effective. Rackspace is distinguished by its award-winning Fanatical Support, furthering the company’s mission to be one of the world’s greatest service companies. Rackspace is recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best companies to work for, ranking number 32 on the 2008 list. Rackspace’s portfolio of hosted IT services includes managed hosting, email hosting and cloud hosting.

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