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Rackspace Announces Open Source Datacenter Strategy



  Rackspace Announces Open Source Datacenter Strategy

   Rackspace to further the open cloud vision by extending it into its data
                       center infrastructure solutions

Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO -- January 16, 2013

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) COO Mark Roenigk today unveiled plans by the
San Antonio-based open cloud company to support and partner with Open Compute
suppliers that provide open source datacenter solutions.

Rackspace launched the industry’s first OpenStack powered cloud platform of
compute, storage and networking in 2012.

“Rackspace will support those companies and organizations that share our
vision for an open cloud,” said Roenigk. “Rackspace is committed to supporting
like-minded companies who are dedicated to open standards and breaking down
the engineering barriers that lock users into proprietary technologies.”

Rackspace COO and Open Compute Foundation board member Roenigk delivered his
remarks today during his keynote address at the Open Compute Summit in Santa
Clara, CA.

Rackspace has contributed a server design to the Open Compute Project
community and expects to announce plans later this year to purchase servers
from Open Compute Project suppliers for one of the company’s new data centers.

“Open Compute Project members like Rackspace are breaking down the barriers
for open cloud adoption,” said Frank Frankovsky, Chairman of the Open Compute
Foundation Chairman and Vice President of Hardware Design & Supply Chain at
Facebook. “Today’s announcement by Rackspace shows the progress that the Open
Compute Project is making in advancing open source infrastructure
technologies.”

Rackspace is a founding member of the Open Compute Project and has worked
closely with technology leaders who share a common vision for the future
around open standards. As a founder of OpenStack, Rackspace’s work with the
Open Compute Project aligns with this vision.

The Open Compute Project is a rapidly growing community of engineers around
the world whose mission is to design and enable the use of the most efficient
server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. Open
Compute members believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other
intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing
operational complexity in the scalable computing space.

Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX) is the open cloud company, delivering open
technologies and powering more than 197,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace
provides its renowned Fanatical Support® across a broad portfolio of IT
products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated
Hosting. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100
Performing Technology Company, is featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best
Companies to Work For and is included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Rackspace was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011
Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.” Rackspace is headquartered in San Antonio
with offices and data centers around the world. For more information,
visit www.rackspace.com.

Rackspace® is a registered trademark of Rackspace Hosting Inc. OpenStack® is a
registered trademark of the OpenStack Foundation. Other names may be
trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or
such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could
differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical
fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including
any statements concerning expected development, performance or market
acceptance associated with the Open Compute project; anticipated operational
and financial benefits from the Open Compute project; any statements of
expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the
foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include including the
possibility that expected benefits from the Open Compute project, support
services and training may not materialize because Open Compute products and
services are not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due
to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the products and services
cost effectively, differentiate the products and services from competitive
products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability,
quality or compatibility associated with the products and services, (iii)
changes in technology which adversely affect the benefits of the products and
services, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that
impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact
the products and services, and (vi) other risks that are described in
Rackspace Hosting’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, filed
with the SEC on November 7, 2012. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting
assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or
to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those
anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information
becomes available in the future.

Contact:

Rackspace Hosting
Rachel Romoff, 210-312-3732
rachel.romoff@rackspace.com
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