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Score 6 out of 101
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Score 7.4 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Armor

Armor gives you what you need to be successful regardless of technical ability. If you can maintain the systems yourself, you are definitely ahead of the game with their service. If you're not prepared to configure and maintain the systems, they do a pretty good job of getting it set up during the onboarding process so that you don't need to dig into the technical guts too much. If you find yourself in over your head, their support staff can handle it for you in most cases.
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Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace is very well suited as a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider, particularly when you're planning on leaving the infrastructure up for a period of time. They seem to focus a bit more on that aspect of infrastructure. That is to say, they seem to promote running servers for longer periods of time and not spinning up/shutting down servers frequently based on usage spikes.While, they do support that sort of availability -- they don't have features built into their offering, necessarily, that make it a lot easier to implement.Our experiences with Rackspace have been 100% around their cloud platform, but they have another entire part of their business that is centered around hosting/maintaining/supporting physical hardware (bare metal). They have had a great reputation over the last several years (10+) for being top-notch providers in this space, which is one reason we even considered them for our Cloud-based hosting needs. We don't have any direct experience with their "bare metal" offerings, but their reputation is certainly great, and worth noting.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
7.2
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
7.5
Dynamic scaling
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
7.0
Elastic load balancing
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
8.1
Pre-configured templates
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
7.3
Monitoring tools
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
5.9
Pre-defined machine images
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
8.0
Operating system support
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
7.6
Security controls
Armor
Rackspace Managed Hosting
6.3

Pros

Armor

  • Security - we have requirements met right out of the box and the implementation of new resources is done with security in mind.
  • Speed - We can scale resources easy and the infrastructure is fast and efficient.
  • Responsiveness - Support tickets are handled very fast with almost immediate solutions.
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Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Fanatical Support - I can't stress how great their team is. Not only are they knowledgeable, whenever I call in (during the day or in the middle of the night), I never have to wait more than a minute to speak to someone.
  • Webmail, Hosted Exchange, and Office365 Support - As an IT team of one, Rackspace's cloud solution and migration team has really helped me over the years to minimize issues for users, but also provide a reliable and flexible email platform.
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Cons

Armor

  • Authentication and access against the secure messaging portal is overkill when the response I'm logging in to see merely says, "yes, we have your message. An agent will respond shortly". There should be an option to receive updates like this through email.
  • The online portal that allows us to clone servers is very slow to respond. More than once I've spun up an additional server due to the lack of visual feedback on the initial request.
  • The web application firewall does not seem to be sophisticated enough to differentiate between logged in administrators and end users. We use a CMS system which allows admins to create scripts. These often get barred by the WAF even though they are not malicious.
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Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Their backup tools are confusing and could use some clarification. We ended up getting charged for backup licenses on nonexistent servers, and that was frustrating because they would not refund us the fees as they declared it our fault for misunderstanding their terms.
  • They need to stop charging for "fanatical" support. Their support service has gotten worse over the years and now they are charging us a monthly fee. It's enough of a rub that we'll most likely move our servers to a different company.
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Likelihood to Renew

Armor

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Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace Managed Hosting 2.2
Based on 2 answers
If I wake tomorrow completely incapable of managing a client cloud operation, our dedicated Rackspace Cloud Engineering Team is deployable as literal extension of our business, immediately addressing all needs and requirements without cause of business disruption for our consultancy, and more importantly for the mission-critical ones of our clients. For this reason alone, Rackspace is our choice of choices!
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Support

Armor

Armor 7.8
Based on 13 answers
Approximately 50% of all messages we receive are automated. Either that an agent will be assigned, has been assigned, or a ticket is closed. I'd like to see more 'real' interaction, and less box ticking, though I appreciate process has to be followed. That's the one point off. Everything else is very good.
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Rackspace Managed Hosting

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Alternatives Considered

Armor

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Rackspace Managed Hosting

AWS is more and reliable and will work better for our organization from now on. Rackspace has served its purpose but is a slowly dying service. I will still happily give them kudos where it is deserved and they did great in their prime. Amazon is slowly taking over and edging everyone out and you need to jump ship at some point if you want to keep up.
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Return on Investment

Armor

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Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Responded to slowdowns very quickly, therefore negating lose of earnings at peak times
  • When speaking to the right people eventually, they suggested solutions that have improved server response, which should have a positive impact on site speed (and so CR)
  • Load balancing allows for an efficient workflow in implementing new features while not losing traffic
  • Originally set some configurations low, which negatively impacted server performance. This was rectified with memory expansion following some discussions.
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Pricing Details

Armor

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rackspace Managed Hosting

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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