American cloud computing specialist Rackspace last week announced a strategic partnership with fellow US based software firm Pivotal. The deal will have Rackspace providing support to enterprises that run Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform. The Cloud Foundry platform is commonly used as an enterprise developer tool for cloud-native applications and is designed to run on both public and private cloud networks.
The partnership will allow customers of Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry to outsource the management of their cloud operations to Rackspace. In return, Rackspace pledges a 99.99% uptime and a 15 minute emergency response time frame. The company already offers managed cloud services to customers of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, Google’s Google Cloud, VMware and OpenStack, among others.
Officially announcing the partnership, VP of applications and platforms at Rackspace, Brannon Lacey, had this to say:
Managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry from Rackspace makes this technology, and its benefits, accessible to developers in organizations of all types and sizes, regardless of their expertise and experience with the platform.
Managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry is Rackspace’s first step into the managed platform space, as we move up the stack to solutions that customers want our help with. This way, in-house teams can focus on innovation and getting out to market quickly while Rackspace handles the backend.
Likewise, President and COO of Pivotal, Bill Cook, was equally confident in his words:
Since moving at startup speeds is on the minds of every business and government organization, the collaboration between Pivotal and Rackspace would provide customers the option to manage their cloud environment, so they can focus on rapidly shipping code.
Both companies have confirmed that the managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform is now available in all of Rackspace’s operational regions.