Laggard Rackspace growth sparks concern: is there enough cloud biz to go around?
Here’s the narrative that cloud vendors would like us to believe: there are infinite workloads flowing to clouds of infinite capacity. There’s enough business for all, keep moving.
But there is nagging worry, sparked anew by Rackspace’s laggard Q1 cloud growth, that the appetite for cloud services may not be unlimited after all. For its first quarter ending March 31, Rackspace(s rax)logged $91 million in public cloud revenue, up 4 percent sequentially and 40 percent year over year. It is the quarter-over-quarter number that has people spooked; given that Rackspace has been touting its new OpenStack public cloud, folks expected much better numbers.
To be fair there are nuances about the Rackspace quarter to be examined. First, it blamed some of the inertia on price cuts on some services during the quarter. And the newer OpenStack-based public cloud business was up 75 percent sequentially, CEO Lanham Napier told analysts…
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