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Announcing Rackspace Government Cloud expansion and partnership with VMware and Dell


Rackspace Technology doubles down on Rackspace Government Cloud (RGC), expanding into the U.K. and leveraging strategic partners, VMware® and Dell Technologies®.

Announcements

Rackspace Technology (NASDAQ: RXT), a leading end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, recently made the following announcements:

VMware: Rackspace Technology is strengthening our strategic alliance with VMware by expanding our managed services across VMware-based multicloud solutions.

Dell: We are working with Dell Technologies to create new modernized solutions for multicloud. Rackspace Technology is expanding its Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware (RPCV) portfolio with the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP).

Overview

Rackspace offers this solution as a direct result of validated customer demand and observation of increasing government customer security requirements, both in the U.S. and the U.K. The solution couples our tested and secured VMware platform design with a comprehensive, managed, ITIL-aligned service wrap that meets the stringent security requirements of government departments and public sector organizations. As a Dell Titanium Partner and VMware Principal Partner, Rackspace Technology extends years of experience, a wealth of expertise, and proven architecture so that customers receive optimal advantages from these leading technologies.

The solution provides you with a dedicated private cloud platform designed to meet current security guidance from both the U.K. and U.S. national cybersecurity authorities. We host your platform in secure cabinets within Rackspace Government data centers and support the service with suitably security-cleared sovereign staff, experienced in the enhanced controls necessary for supporting government customers.

Included services

When you choose Rackspace Government Cloud on VMware, you get the following services, delivered by a team who truly understands the specific requirements of government and public sector customers:

  • Dedicated hardware and storage to provide peace of mind for data security
  • 24/7/365 data center operations and system support providing a fully-managed private cloud solution up to, and including, a guest operating system
  • Secure-by-design private cloud environment with proactive support, continuous monitoring, and governance
  • Fully redundant solutions, with backup, restore, and disaster recovery built-in
  • Comprehensive system security services as standard, including enterprise-grade endpoint protection, file integrity monitoring, and host-based Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
  • A unique combination of automation, accredited tooling, and human expertise, enabling governance and operations support
  • Support for NHS Digital and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Cabinet Office accreditation audits in the U.K.
  • Support for FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) in the U.S.

Additional security considerations

As part of the solution’s fully managed service wrap, we operate, manage, monitor, and control your environment’s security components from the physical facilities to the host OS and virtualization layer.

Within the U.K., we provide this service through our Public Services Network (PSN) service-provider-accredited, secure management platform, RGC Central. This walled-garden environment ensures complete separation between your solution and the Rackspace corporate network. The environment hosts stand-alone, accredited support tools with customers managed as individual tenants within each tool. This approach ensures that we secure and separate all sensitive customer data and that customers have support solutions that meet their own security requirements.

Within the U.S., Rackspace Technology remains a leader in the FedRAMP authorization-enablement space, powering 15 FedRAMP ATOs built on our managed service. We provide 24x7x365 hybrid-cloud management, operational support, and security services as a packaged, on-demand, audited, and pay-as-you-go service. Rackspace Technology also handles approximately 80% of the operational and documentation burden of your environment’s security and compliance requirements to help you receive a FedRAMP ATO.

Conclusion

As a result of these enhanced strategic alignments with VMware and Dell, Rackspace Technology is expanding its portfolio with both RPCV and DTCP and bringing that innovation to our government customers.

Learn more about Rackspace Technology Government Solutions.

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Lorenzo Winfrey

As Product Manager for Rackspace’s Government Solutions (RGS), Lorenzo D. Winfrey is responsible for multiple areas including product vision and strategy, roadmap development, and branding for the RGS portfolio. Lorenzo’s leadership objective is to ensure all our solutions have a customer focus and are built to the highest quality while aggressively pursuing integration of new value added technology. Prior to joining Rackspace in April 2019, Lorenzo was Chief of Architecture and Standards for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he managed a portfolio of over $50 million in annual operating budget. Lorenzo’s extensive career in information technology includes leading DIA’s AWS Cloud Broker Team, managing the operations of the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager enterprise solution, and pioneering the development and deployment of the agency’s first cloud native, web based application to track near real time cloud spend, utilization and schedule. While serving at DIA, Lorenzo was awarded the Award for Exceptional Civilian Service, the agency’s highest civilian award, which recognizes excellence, initiative and outstanding contributions over a period of several years. Lorenzo brings to Rackspace a compelling combination of technical expertise and strategic leadership experience. He firmly believes that leadership is a discipline that should be studied and practiced. Lorenzo has become known for sharing his reading lists with all who will listen. He enjoys creating content, reading and the occasional video game. Hailing from Augusta, Georgia, Lorenzo now lives in Waldorf, Maryland with his family. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Claflin University. Lorenzo is based in the company’s Reston, Virginia office.

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