CloudComputingandStorageisnowthedomainofAmzon。

OtherplayersdontcomeclosetoAmazonsserverfarmsdedicatedtoformingthecloudasweknowittoday。

fromsiteanddatahostingtocloudcomputing,Amazonisking。

Stillthisdoesntscareawayothercompaniesfromplayinginthesamespace。

RackspaceforoneisrallyingitsforcesanddiggingdeepintoitspockettotakeonAmazon。

Rackspacerecentlyannouncedthatithasagreedtobuytwostorageandcloudstartupstobeefupitsproductline。

SlicehostandJungleDiskarebeingacquiredfor$18million。

Cloudcomputingofferstremendousbenefitstoourcustomersthatcomplementourtraditionalmanagedhostingservices,saidLanhamNapier,CEO,RackspaceHosting。

Beingaleaderinhostingmeansbeingaleaderinthecloud。

Today,wemadeclearourintenttohavethebestsuiteofcloudofferings。

Ournewofferingsarepartofastrategytobringcloudbenefitstoallbusinesseswithsimple,cost-effectiveproductsthateveryonecanuse,backedbythebestcustomersupportthatonlyRackspacecandeliver。

SlicehostoffersdevelopersslicesinXen-basedvirtualserversthataremuchcheaperandgenerallyeasiertousethanatraditionaldedicatedserver。

TheserviceisadirectcompetitortoAmazonsElasticComputeCloud(EC2)。

Ontheotherhand,JungleDiskisafilestorageandbackupservicethatupuntilnowhasreliedonAmazonsSimpleStorageService(S3)。

BothcompanieswilladdtoRackspacesportfolioandproductswhileinitiallymaintainingtheirownoperationsuntileventuallyintegratecompletelyintotheirnewhome。

On-demandcomputingisthenewfoundationofhosting,saidJasonSeats,founder,Slicehost。

RackspacegivesustheabilitytoexpandtheSlicehostofferandmeettheneedsofthecorporateworldwhoseinterestincloudtechnologieshasonlyjustbegun。

Inaddition,nooneelsesharesourcustomerfirstservicephilosophymorethanRackspace。

Itisanobviousfit。

RackspaceisanaturalfitforthenextevolutionofJungleDisk,saidDaveWright,CEOandfounder,JungleDisk。

Wearecreatingasetofstoragesolutionsthatwillhelpsolverapidly-growingstorageproblemsforbusinesses。

WebelievethatnoonecouldtakethissolutiontothebusinessworldbetterthanRackspace。

Togetherwewillpushthecloudrevolutionandmakesimpleandcosteffectivestoragesolutionsavailabletobusinessesofallsizes。

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Despitethesenewacquisitions,RackspacestillhasalotofgroundtocovertomatchAmazon。