Texas-based cloud computing company Rackspace was founded in 1998 and is quite the household name. With their ‘Fanatical Support’ concept, the company distinguishes itself from its competitors by offering to focus on service and support rather than technology.
The core businesses of Rackspace are dedicated servers and cloud servers, though the company has a large portfolio with web services. Among others, the company offers website hosting, application migration, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Apps hosting, database and data analytics, email hosting and CDN services.
The company’s CDN is powered by Akamai, and Rackspace resells a custom map with 200 points-of-presence (PoPs):
Note that a limitation to the Rackspace CDN is that clients can only add up to 10 domains (resources) per service.
Rackspace offers a free web-based application called Rackspace Marketplace that enables clients to manage a variety of business applications in a single place. Some of the partnered apps in the Marketplace can also be purchased directly via Rackspace. Currently, the Rackspace Marketplace has integrations with:
Other * New Relic * Cedexis * Neustar UltraDNS * Dynatrace * W3 Total Cache
|Purge All||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Instant Purge||Unknown support for this feature by Rackspace|
|Control panel||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Origin Push||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Origin Pull||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Origin Shield||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|GZIP Compression||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Custom Rules||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|SPDY Protocol||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|Raw Access Logs||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Real time statistics||Unknown support for this feature by Rackspace|
|Online signup||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|API||Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management|
|Custom CNAMEs||Unknown support for this feature by Rackspace|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Rackspace|
|Support||24/7/365 Phone and Email support|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|RTMP Streaming||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|Multiple CDNs||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|CDN balancing tech||Feature not supported by Rackspace|
|Storage||Additional costs may apply for this feature|
Rackspace offers two pricing schemes: one for Rackspace Cloud users and one for clients who use their own origin. The latter pricing scheme is has higher fares per Gigabyte (GB).
Price Overview tiers are billed by volume, where the inital 10TB will always cost $0.012 per GB. Once that ‘bucket’ is filled, prices will decrease for the next tier, until that bucket is filled - and so forth.
Note that prices apply for usage accross US regions only. Fares for other regions, we assume, will be billed in accordance with the pricing scheme for non-Rackspace Cloud users.
Rates per GB vary per region both for bandwidth and HTTP/HTTPS requests. The table below provides and overview of the costs for non-Rackspace Cloud users.
|Global flat fee||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||$0.10 per GB (EMEA)|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||$0.02 per GB (EMEA, 5PB+)|
|APAC Traffic||$0.16 per GB, $0.019 (India)|
|LATAM Traffic||$0.27 per GB|
|Extra costs||10,000 HTTP at requests $0.0075-$0.0165 (varies per region) 10,000 HTTPS requests at $0.01-$0.022 (varies per region)|