This news comes as Rackspace is evaluating options for its future, including a possible acquisition or leveraged buy-out.
Overall though, the move to have more managed aspects of the cloud market is a natural one. The cloud grew out of the managed services industry, which in turn grew out of the collocation market. The differences between these hosted offerings are small but important:
- Collocation vendors provide the data center footprint, power and cooling, but customers supply and manage the infrastructure hardware.
- Managed services involves the vendor providing the entire infrastructure stack dedicated to individual customers, but then customers manage the operating system and above.
- Cloud is an even more automated form of managed services, in which customers access hosted resources on demand through a web portal or API.
- Managed Cloud adds a new tier on top of this with those cloud resources being managed in a more hands-on way by the vendor.
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