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Ranker Votes on Rackspace Private Cloud and DevOps Expertise to Power Millions of Crowdsource Rankings

Hybrid Cloud Leader Helps Ranker Reduce Infrastructure Management Time and Decrease Infrastructure Costs

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwired - May 06, 2014) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced that Ranker has chosen Rackspace DevOps Automation Service running on Rackspace Private Cloud powered by OpenStack to reduce its infrastructure spend and improve how they deploy and maintain their application stack. Ranker is a website that pulls together crowdsourced rankings to any opinion-based question. The company handles more than 5.7 million votes per month and then leverages the data to extract intelligence from it.

With Rackspace DevOps Automation Service running on the Rackspace Private Cloud, Ranker has reduced the amount of time spent on managing its infrastructure by 40 hours per month, while the company estimates to reduce its monthly infrastructure cost by 60 percent.

"We now have the same technology partner managing our private cloud and DevOps. This means that one team has a deep understanding of how our software stack interoperates with our infrastructure and if there's an issue they can easily understand it and fix it," said Premesh Purayil, CTO, Ranker. "The confidence and comfort level we now have with Rackspace managing our infrastructure allows my team to focus resources on accelerating Ranker's features and user experience."

Rackspace DevOps Automation Service automates infrastructure management, which enables developers and IT departments to get features out frequently and free them from manual configuration, deployment, scaling and testing that takes days or weeks. Rackspace Private Cloud enables more effective use of the hardware by customizing their virtual machine flavors to the needs of their environment. Ranker uses Rackspace DevOps Automation Services running on Rackspace Private Cloud to help deploy and scale applications more efficiently:

  • Improve Productivity: Prior to leveraging DevOps Automation Service, Ranker had to manually configure servers, take an image and reuse it. The Ranker IT team would spend about 10 hours per week maintaining servers, which resulted in about 40 hours a month taken away from innovating and improving their product. With DevOps Automation, those changes and updates happen with the push of a button across all servers and according to Ranker, results in about 20 percent productivity improvement for a senior developer.
  • Reduce Infrastructure Cost: In using DevOps Automation Service on top of Rackspace Private Cloud, Ranker estimates reducing their infrastructure spend by about 60 percent and ultimately improving how they deploy and maintain their application stack.

"It's exciting to help companies like Ranker save time and money by leveraging our DevOps expertise on top of Rackspace Private Cloud," said John Engates, CTO, Rackspace. "Ranker could have hired or built a DevOps team to run DevOps internally but the time spent hiring the talent, training and budgeting the salary just isn't cost effective. Now Ranker can take advantage of their team of specialists at Rackspace to stay ahead of their technology curve and better serve their customers."

For more information on Rackspace and Ranker go to: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/context-is-key-with-devops-automation-our-developers-can-focus-on-code-not-servers/

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best -- whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company's award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.

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