Hosting firm Rackspace has introduced a fully managed database as a service offering based on Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 platform, which it says will enable enterprise customers to run database workloads on its infrastructure, offloading management and maintenance tasks to Rackspace.
Announced as part of Rackspace DBA Services, the SQL Server offering is intended to run on a hosted private cloud powered by Microsoft Cloud Platform. It is available to US customers immediately, with plans to roll out globally later this quarter.
Rackspace DBA Services offers an on-demand database service with simple pricing and multiple tiers of its Fanatical Support, the firm said.
Customers can rapidly migrate or upgrade existing workloads to SQL Server 2014 and use Rackspace DBA Services to easily scale up while saving on the cost of maintaining the database and the infrastructure on which it runs.
"Adding support for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 to Rackspace DBA Services enables customers to increase performance and make more efficient use of IT resources," said Rackspace chief technology officer John Engates.
"Customers will be able to leverage our DBA experts to assist with routine database management and monitoring 24x7, which will allow their internal IT teams to work regular schedules and focus on innovating their core business."
With this offering, Rackspace is supporting SQL Server's in-memory transaction processing capability to boost performance, as well as AlwaysOn for high availability.
Rackspace announced support for Microsoft's Cloud Platform in November, adding it as another option to its Managed Cloud portfolio. It includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server and the Windows Azure Pack.
The firm also announced a hosted private cloud option based on VMware's vCloud earlier this month, further extending Rackspace's cloud offerings.
This is something of change in strategy for the firm, which adopted OpenStack as its standard platform for delivering cloud services in 2012.
Pricing for the full solution, including Managed Private Cloud powered by Microsoft Cloud Platform, has yet to be disclosed.
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