Rackspace Named a Strong Performer in Hosted Private Cloud by Independent Research Firm

  Rackspace Named a Strong Performer in Hosted Private Cloud by Independent
  Research Firm

  Highest Scores Among All Vendors for Strategy and Market Presence Make the
   Open Cloud Company, Along with One Other Vendor, Front-Runner in Hosted
                                Private Cloud

Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO -- February 13, 2013

Rackspace® Hosting, (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced it
has been named, along with one other vendor, a Top Performer by Forrester
Research Inc. in its new report, “The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Q1
2013.” The report evaluated Rackspace’s full Private Cloud portfolio including
Managed Virtualization and Rackspace Managed Private Cloud powered by
OpenStack.

As part of the research firm’s analysis, Forrester evaluated the strengths and
weaknesses of eight selected cloud computing companies against 25 criteria.
Rackspace received among the highest scores of the eight cloud companies when
evaluated in the subcategories for planned enhancements and the highest score
among all vendors for third-party ecosystem. The Forrester report also noted
that “Rackspace brings its experience from the hosting and public cloud space
to this market, giving it significant geographic presence, a reputation for
fantastic customer support, and a large existing customer base from which to
draw.”

“The Rackspace open cloud continues to offer choice and innovation to our
customers. We’re very pleased to receive recognition from Forrester for our
Private Cloud efforts with Managed Virtualization and Rackspace Private Cloud
powered by OpenStack,” said John Engates, CTO at Rackspace. “The software is
free and available to anyone to use in any data center of their choosing.
Customers choosing Rackspace Private Cloud get the benefit of using the same
code that powers the world’s largest OpenStack cloud along with dozens of
private clouds. They can choose to deploy and run it themselves, or they can
choose to let Rackspace support or even run it remotely for them in their data
center or in ours.”

Rackspace, co-founder of OpenStack, today is running the largest,
enterprise-ready open cloud platform in the world. The Rackspace open cloud
based on OpenStack allows true choice and control without the fear of being
locked-in to one vendor’s technology. With open standards and open source
based enterprise and mobile computing now impacting the total IT landscape to
a deeper and more expansive level than ever before, Rackspace’s vocal support
of an open approach and open cloud development strategy has clearly helped the
company stand above its competitors across the market today.

According to Forrester Research, “[As many as] 46 percent of enterprises are
prioritizing investments in private clouds in 2013. While slightly more than
half plan to build a private cloud in their own data center, more than 25
percent said they prefer to rent one.”

Hosted private cloud is an increasingly popular IaaS deployment model that
couples the agility, expertise, and shifted infrastructure responsibility of
public cloud with privacy and the configuration customization of private
cloud.

Tapping into Rackspace’s progressive and strategic development of open cloud
computing architectures designed to free customers from the dangers of vendor
lock-in, the Forrester report said that Rackspace’s “strategy and market
presence push it ahead” in the independent research firm’s analysis of hosted
private cloud providers.

In addition to Rackspace’s managed offering in a Rackspace data center, a free
version of the Rackspace Private Cloud Software based on OpenStack is
available for download at
http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/private/openstack_software/.

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 about historical results or third party data that may suggest
trends for our business or industry; any statements of the plans, strategies,
and objectives of Rackspace for future operations or growth; any statements of
expectation or belief regarding future events, and any statements of
assumptions underlying any of the items mentioned. Risks, uncertainties and
assumptions include the possibility that expected growth or success may not
materialize because of Rackspace's failure to create a viable vision or its
inability to execute on its vision, failure to execute on its operational
plans, rapid technological changes that adversely affect the demand for
Rackspace products and services, shifts in customer demand, customers' and
potential customers' acceptance of Rackspace products and services, and 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.

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace® Hosting (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 about the
open cloud company, visitwww.rackspace.com.

Contact:

Rackspace Hosting
Christina Weaver, 210-312-4593
christina.weaver@rackspace.com
 
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