Switch and Rackspace joined forces to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform in Switch’s “Tier 5 Platinum data center PRIME locations,” formerly known as Switch SuperNAP data centers.

The agreement builds on Rackspace’s ‘Fanatical Everywhere’ engineering support services, and ‘Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud’ services that would allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds

“Today, we are making it easier for customers with complex needs to have highly secure, reliable, and easy-to-use solutions,” said Rob Roy, founder and CEO of Switch. “Rackspace offers a holistic IT portfolio across managed public clouds, private clouds, and managed data, applications and security. It pulls together technology in a way that no other company can, and it does so wherever it makes the most sense for the customer. We’re looking forward to helping customers navigate their digital transformation journey together.”

On-Demand Private Cloud Delivery

Switch customers will have access to Rackspace’s flexible private cloud solutions with the on-demand delivery model that can be hosted in Switch’s Tier 5 data centers. RackConnect, Switch SUPERLOOP and Public Cloud On-Ramps would enable customers to establish low latency, global cloud connections to Rackspace’s managed solutions on the leading public clouds. This would combine the security of traditional colocation with flexibility of the cloud.

Switch’s ‘Tier 5 Platinum data centers PRIME data centers’ would not only encompass the resiliency and redundancy in other data center ratings systems, but also evaluate more than 30 additional key data center elements, such as long-term power system capabilities, the number of available carriers, and 100-percent use of renewable energy. The Tier 5 Platinum data centers PRIME data center locations include Las Vegas, Nevada, Tahoe-Reno, Nevada, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia.

“We see customers running more and more applications, and increasingly complex ones, on multiple IT platforms,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “As part of a customer’s digital transformation, they are asking us for hybrid solutions delivered as a service in their corporate data centers or in colocation facilities like the highly secure Tier 5 Platinum data centers that Switch operates.  We’re excited that our collaboration will enable Rackspace and Switch to serve that customer need.”