Rackspace Ltd

Rackspace Private Cloud powered by VMware (OFFICIAL)

A fully managed single-tenant Private-Cloud-as-a-Service (PCaas) that enables you to embrace the benefits of VMware in your datacenter, hosted at Rackspace, or at a colocation facility of your choice. Built on top of the VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies : vSphere, vCloud, NSX, vSAN and the vRealize Suite.


  • Managed support for VMware stack and underlying hardware
  • Manage via API, web portal or compatible tool
  • 1 hour hardware replacement and 100% network infrastructure SLA
  • Detailed and customised run book for issue response
  • Support for Windows and Linux Operating Systems
  • Enables software defined datacentres (SDDC)
  • Compatible with VMware vRA and VMware vROps included
  • Fully customisable hypervisors
  • Full network & storage virtualisation using NSX and vSAN
  • Managed in customer's datacenter, Rackspace datacenter or co-location


  • Environment covered by our 24x7x365 Fanatical Support
  • Control panel to easily manage account and support tickets
  • Quick resolution of incidents through proactive and robust monitoring solutions
  • Manage your on-premise and hosted VMs using scripts, API-tools
  • Single-tenant hosted environment meets security, compliance and data sovereignty needs
  • Access to Rackspace experts for guidance and advice
  • Automate complex workload deployment through predefined vApp templates
  • Improve efficiency by easily reducing sprawl and right-sizing resource utilization
  • Comprehensive lifecycle management, automation and policy-based governance
  • Optimise network traffic and provide policy-based isolation for app components


£14372.5 per unit per year

Service documents

G-Cloud 10


Rackspace Ltd

John Beasley

07788 721 069


Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints There will be a minimum infrastructure requirement.
System requirements Each environment is designed to customers specifications

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Up to minimum 15 minutes, max 4 hours depending on severity of support request and service level.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Intensive Service Level provides a consultative, proactive service approach, where Rackspace is responsible for deep multi-layer monitoring, patching, management and planning for the environment. This is backed by a dedicated account team, consisting of a Service Delivery Manager, Lead Engineer and a Business Development Consultant.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Rackspace provides all new customers a ‘101’ introduction to the service, which includes an overview of the service level, including the support team functions, the monthly account review (Intensive service level), service delivery team engagement, change and escalation processes and the MyRackspace portal walk-through.

For the Intensive Service, your Rackspace Service Delivery Team will deliver informal training for your technicians on particular topics they would like more information on.

Rackspace provides all new customers a ‘101’ introduction to the service, which includes an overview of the service level, including the support team functions, the monthly account review (Intensive service level), service delivery team engagement, change and escalation processes For the Intensive Service, your Rackspace Service Delivery Team will deliver informal training for your technicians on particular topics they would like more information on.

There is also a customer handbook which describes the product and how it can be used.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction Customers can transfer their data using VMware native tools.
Apart from backup under the Managed Backup service Rackspace does not transfer customer hosted data to portable media under normal operating conditions. Upon request, Rackspace can attach a portable device to customer’s servers. Customers are responsible for transferring data to the portal device and for ensuring personal data, sensitive personal data, and other types of sensitive data are appropriately protected (encryption).
End-of-contract process At the end of the contract, it will automatically roll over to monthly cycle contract unless customer gives one month notice to terminate or renew their contract.

In case customer wishes to terminate contract, Rackspace agrees to plan, cooperate and provide exit assistance in good time to achieve a smooth transition of services with minimal disruption customer’s operation and to continue to provide the services until transfer is complete.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface Customers will have direct access to VMware web portals and APIs to manage the environment. Full suite of portals are included in the products such as vSphere, vCloud, vRA, vROPS, NSX.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible Customers will have direct access to VMware web portals and APIs to manage the environment. Full suite of portals are included in the products such as vSphere, vCloud, vRA, vROPS, NSX
Web interface accessibility testing No testing has been completed with users of assistive technology.
What users can and can't do using the API Full user functionality is provided through APIs. Such as Create, edit and delete vApps and VMs, Power off/on, suspend/resume VMs, Uploading OVA or ISO as vApp, Creating or deleting a customer catalog, Snapshot a VM or vApp, Accessing VM console.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
Command line interface Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface Full user functionality is provided through CLI.


Scaling available Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources There are no shared infrastructure components among various customers and therefore will not impact with other users demands.
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • Other


Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Other security clearance
Government security clearance Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations Yes
Datacentre security standards Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency Never
Protecting data at rest Other
Other data at rest protection approach Data Encryption is implemented as per the customers requirements.
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • Full image backup of VM
  • Other options available
Backup controls The backup process is structured to meet customer’s business needs and requests. Rackspace will work with customer to help define a solution that will meet your specific business needs / demands. Rackspace will be responsible for data restoration should the need arise.
Datacentre setup Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups Users contact the support team to schedule backups
Backup recovery Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network Other
Other protection within supplier network Dedicated customer Virtual networks (VLAN / VxLAN) are used to logically segment customers' networks. Using the VMware tool suite to manage this functionality is fast and self service.

Firewalls protecting the customer from the Rackspace public network and from the Internet are implemented, configured and managed by experienced Internet security specialists according to the customer’s explicit requirements. Firewalls are configured with Access Command Lists (ACL) which prevent access to private internal IPs and deny access to all non-Administrative ports.

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability Below are the availability SLAs: -Power: A/C power to the outbound port on your serving PDU will be available 100% of the time. -Network: The data centre network will be available 100% of the time in a given month. -1 Hour Hardware Replacement: Rackspace will repair or replace failed hardware components that we provide at no additional cost, and within an hour of identifying the problem. -Support Request Response Times : As part of intensive service level, Rackspace provides 15 minutes response time SLA for emergency upto 4 hours for standard priority tickets. Should there be a failure to meet any SLA objectives, the Service Delivery Manager will calculate the appropriate performance credit as per the contractual agreement, and complete the necessary internal approval process. Once approved, the credit is issued to the customer account and can be offset against pending or future invoice. A relevant ticket is also created and the credit note stored on the customer portal for long-term record keeping.
Approach to resilience Disaster Recovery (DR) is typically provided via the OS/application level. Data can be replicated between environments running in different DC via the OS, application tools.

Rackspace can provide multiple data centres per region in a majority of cases, utilising Rackspace sites, and/or cloud platforms such as AWS or Azure. Rackspace will work with customers to understand their disaster recovery/resilience requirements, and will architect a solution designed to meet the defined recovery time / point objectives.
Outage reporting Following a major incident, a customer may request an Incident Report from the Rackspace Service Delivery Manager. This report will be delivered via email and contains a summary of the events that occurred, along with a root cause analysis and preventative actions.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Customers do not have direct access to hypervisors . Rackspace access control policies based on the principles of ‘least privilege’ and ‘segregation of duties.’ Customer solutions reside on their own dedicated VLAN. Rackspace administrative access to dedicated customer solutions is performed via the Bastion Servers, which act as segregation points between the Rackspace corporate network and the customer environment. Access via the Bastion Servers is subject to stringent logging controls.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication 2-factor authentication
Devices users manage the service through Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information You control when users can access audit information
How long user audit data is stored for User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information You control when users can access audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for User-defined
How long system logs are stored for User-defined

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 BSI
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 21/03/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Software development controls are excluded and some international office space is not in scope.
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification Yes
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification Protiviti
PCI DSS accreditation date 03/09/2016
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover N/A
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications ISAE 3402 Type II / SOC

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards PCI-DSS Level 1 Service Provider
Information security policies and processes Rackspace’s Leadership Team has assigned lead responsibility for information security to the Chief Security Officer. The Chief Security Officer has reviewed and approved the information security management system (ISMS), which demonstrates the commitment to the establishment, implementation, operation, monitoring, review, maintenance and improvement of the ISMS. The Chief Security Officer collaborates with Rackspace Legal to monitor compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations that apply to Rackspace.

Rackspace has documented policies which meet the recommendations of the ISO27001 standard (including an Information Security Policy).The Rackspace Information Security Policy is reviewed at least annually or as a significant change occurs to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.

Supporting policies include:
-Global Rackspace Corporate Information Security Policy
-Global Organization of Corporate Information Security Policy
-Management of Information Security Incidents Policy
-Global Information Technology Risk and Compliance Policy
-Global Business Continuity Policy
-Global Supplier Relationship Management Policy
-Global Communication Security Policy
-Global Operations Security Policy
-Global Physical Security Policy
-Global Access Control Policy
-Global Asset Management Policy
-Global Vulnerability Management
-Global System Acquisition Development and Maintenance Policy
-Global Cryptography Policy

Policies and processes are audited internally and externally by an independent assessor.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach CORE is Rackspace proprietary hosting automation platform, to facilitate change control with the provisioning, changing, and scaling of customer’s hosting environment. CORE centralises all information about customer and their hosting configuration and manages all change related tasks and communication.
CORE seamlessly assigns work across Rackspace resources for issues that require multiple teams to troubleshoot, and by carefully controlling changes, we are able to achieve guaranteed uptime and minimise any impact on customer business operations

Rackspace utilises a Technical Change Management to control changes to the shared infrastructure. Proposed technical changes are subject to Change Board approval according to defined thresholds.
Vulnerability management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach Rackspace maintains an ISO27001 certified internal vulnerability management programme that includes regular vulnerability assessments of the corporate network intended to identify, assess and remediate technical vulnerabilities. In addition, the PCI Merchant program requires quarterly scans of the internal network for vulnerabilities; remediation follows PCI standard guidelines.

Customers can specify the desired frequency to apply patches, however by default:
1) Linux updates are pushed into the Intensive channels once a month.
2) Windows monthly patches are released across three separate weeks.
Protective monitoring type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach Rackspace data centers and Network Operations Center (NOC) are manned 24/7/365.

Rackspace will implement our “RackWatch” programme, which is our network monitoring service. Numerous monitoring levels are available depending on service level and segment. Our experienced technicians will automatically take action in your best interest within agreed support procedures.

Please note that the level of alerting and monitoring depends on the service selected.

Rackspace will respond via agreed communication channels approved by the customer

Rackspace will respond as soon as possible to incidents, at a minimum within agreed SLAs.
Incident management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach Rackspace maintains formal incident response processes concerning both corporate network incidents and incidents affecting customer solutions. Incidents that affect more than one customer or Rackspace operations (Enterprise Impacting) are managed from a centralised tool that provides alerting and escalation paths and procedures, communication procedures and command, control and communication across all Rackspace facilities.

Rackspace will work with you to institute a formal incident response plan for your environment. Rackspace can optionally provide a dedicated Intrusion Detection Service device with Managed Services for this purpose.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Separation between users
Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart Yes
Who implements virtualisation Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate There are no shared infrastructure components for compute and networking. Our managed back up utilises an independent private network for backups running on network equipment to minimise network security concerns. Rackspace will create a new zone configuration for every host which is connected to the shared SAN environment. This zoning includes the unique World Wide Name (WWN) for the Host Bus Adapter (HBA) which is physically installed in each server and the WWN of the particular storage array that contains their disk assignment. This association blocks access to any storage array for which a server is not explicitly provided access.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres No


Price £14372.5 per unit per year
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No


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