Rackspace®, the #1 managed cloud company; today announced the launch of Rackspace Content Delivery Network (CDN). This new service is powered by Akamai Technologies, the global leader in CDN services. With the launch of the Rackspace CDN offering, Rackspace and Akamai are expanding their long‑standing relationship to offer customers integrated, “one-click” access to Akamai’s industry-leading CDN services via the Rackspace portal. Rackspace CDN will help customers more easily and efficiently deliver entire websites or web applications with global scale and reliability through on-demand access to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Research suggests that nearly half of web users tend to leave a website and abandon their search or purchase if the desired page doesn’t load in the first 3 seconds. Rackspace CDN allows businesses to deliver website content and applications to their customers faster, helping to improve site traffic and customer engagement.
“The integration of Akamai’s CDN into our cloud platform allows us to create an on demand, utility-based, content delivery solution, which expands the Rackspace managed cloud portfolio,” said Steve Crusenberry, senior vice president, infrastructure at Rackspace. “As more of our customers focus on the performance of their digital platform, our new CDN solution will give them a faster, more reliable way to deliver website content to their customers across the world. Our relationship with Akamai is an example of our commitment to provide Fanatical Support® with industry leading technologies for all of our customers. We’re proud to be fulfilling our commitment with today’s launch of Rackspace CDN."
With Rackspace CDN, customers now have a competitive advantage, as they will be able to scale out their worldwide presence efficiently without massive infrastructure investments. Rackspace’s ability to provision enterprise services at scale is a hallmark of Fanatical Support. During the early access program, Rackspace CDN specialists were able to provision 300 customers in less than 24 hours.
“Through this strategic relationship, Rackspace customers can benefit from even easier, faster access to the global scale, reach and performance of the Akamai CDN,” said John Sconyers, senior director, Cloud Services Partners, Akamai. “This integration can help users quickly turn on CDN capabilities, using APIs, through Rackspace and immediately take advantage of the ability to offload full web sites and web applications.”