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Rackspace To Open Australian Data Center

The facility is also supposed to serve as a launch pad for Rackspace's own OpenStack-based Open Cloud platform

Rackspace is close to launching its first Australian data center in Sydney, a multimillion-dollar investment. First customers are expected to go live in late 2012.

Rackspace will be able to offer local dedicated hosting and managed virtualization solutions to larger IT contracts looking to deploy enterprise-grade private cloud solutions based on VMWare that want to keep their data onshore.

The facility is also supposed to serve as a launch pad for Rackspace's own OpenStack-based Open Cloud platform, when it launches into the local market.

Current Rackspace customers in Oz include News Ltd, Webjet, Pacific Brands, Kogan, Lonely Planet and Treasury Wine Estates.

Rackspace has recently begun offering customers agreements under New South Wales law, which are compliant with Australia's National Privacy Principals. Naturally this arrangement will be extended to customers hosting at the Sydney data center.

To ease anxieties, Rackspace general counsel Alan Schoenbaum said, "Rackspace will not transfer customer owned data from our Australia data centre to a law enforcement agency of another country (including the United States) without a customer's consent unless it is compelled to do so by Australian law. Data hosted in Australia by Rackspace is subject to the same laws as cloud services operated by wholly owned Australian companies."

Rackspace also has facilities in Dallas, Chicago, Virginia, London It claims 190,000 customers globally including 60% of the Fortune 100.

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