Rackspace launches UK cloud service

Cloud hosting service Rackspace announced the launch of new cloud infrastructure in Europe and the launch of its UK cloud service.

Rackspace has expanded into Europe with its new UK service, which offers Cloud Files and Cloud Storage.

Cloud Files is based on OpenStack Object Storage and provides instant scalable cloud-based storage for backups or easy access storage. The source code for OpenStack was released to the public in 2010 as part of an open source project run by Rackspace.

Cloud Servers is based on the Xen hypervisor and offers flexible and efficient server options for companies who want to outsource their hosting requirements. Windows and Linux versions are available, with full root access, control panel, API, and the recently acquired Cloudkick service all available.

The beta for the UK service saw over 500 customers, highlighting the demand for cloud services in the UK. Rackspace already has more than 100,000 customers globally, which is likely to jump by several thousand with today’s launch.

Rackspace explained that its decision to build cloud infrastructure in Europe was motivated by European law, particularly with regards to the UK, where offshore data concerns prevent many UK users from using cloud services hosted outside the country.