Feeding America Selects Rackspace Private Cloud and Dedicated Servers to Power U.S. Network of 200 Food Banks

Feeding America, one of the largest domestic hunger-relief organizations in the U.S., has selected Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware and Rackspace Dedicated Servers.

In the U.S., one in eight Americans would struggle with hunger. To respond to this hunger crisis, Feeding America was established in 1979 with the critical mission of eradicating hunger in the U.S. and providing food to people in need. With a network of 200 food banks, the U.S. non-profit helps feed millions of citizens each year, including 12 million children and seven million seniors.

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Over the last eight years The Cheesecake Factory has donated more than $4 million to Feeding America through the sale of its specially designated cheesecakes.

“People depend on Feeding America for meals during times of uncertainty when facing hunger, so we must have the necessary infrastructure and operational expertise to guarantee food for people in need,” said Steven Carlberg, managing director of infrastructure and security at Feeding America. “With Rackspace there to manage our VMware environment with 24x7x365 Fanatical Support and expertise, Feeding America can focus directly on its mission of eradicating hunger in the United States.”

Rackspace VMware experts assist Feeding America with its workloads for its food distribution database, which coordinates food collections at its food banks across the country from local donors, grocery stores and food producers. This database would be essential at every process of distribution, including tracking the levels of food at each location, coordinating trucking routes for delivery and distribution to each food bank. In addition, in the event of a natural disaster, such as a fire or hurricane, Feeding America’s database coordinates food deliveries to people who have been affected by the crisis.

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware provides custom-built dedicated, single-tenant cloud environments in which to run, migrate and extend on-premises workloads. With more than 10 years of experience hosting and managing VMware-powered infrastructure solutions, Rackspace is one of the largest VMware vCloud Air Network service providers in the world with tens of thousands of fully managed VMs.

Rackspace announced beta support for VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies in August 2016 and was named Service Provider Partner of the Year in the 2015 Americas VMware Partner Innovation Awards for achievements in the partner ecosystem.