UPDATED 11:00 EST / DECEMBER 03 2019

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Rackspace adds new Service Blocks to help customers get started on AWS

Managed cloud services provider Rackspace Inc. is offering three new “Service Blocks patterns” for Amazon Web Services Inc. customers today, helping them shift more complex workloads to AWS infrastructure.

Rackspace’s Service Blocks are essentially packages of services tailored to address specific cloud use cases. They’re designed for customers that lack the expertise needed to get up and running on AWS themselves, covering things such as architecture, deployment, operational support, cost governance, and complex cloud operations.

More important, they’re flexible too, so customers can choose only the specific services they need and later add or delete services as required. They’re also offered on a consumption-based pricing model, which means customers only pay for the services and resources they actually use.

The new Service Blocks patterns being offered today include a Container Services Journey package, comprised of professional services, managed public cloud and advanced Kubernetes management. The offering is meant to help companies adopt software containers, which are used to host the components of modern applications, for the first time. It involves outlining a container strategy, building containerized apps and then transitioning into ongoing management.

The Hybrid Transformation with VMware Cloud on AWS Service Block, meanwhile, is designed for customers that want to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy based on the VMware Cloud on AWS platform.

Finally, the Data Modernization Service Block is for customers that want to aggregate data from multiple sources so it can be analyzed using AWS’ services.

“Our customers need deep AWS expertise that helps them develop, deploy and integrate the latest applications, improve and secure their infrastructure, and ultimately make the most of what AWS has to offer so that they can move their businesses forward,” Matt Stoyka, chief relationship officer at Rackspace, said in a statement.

Analyst Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Inc. told SiliconANGLE that managed services such as the ones offered by Rackspace in its Service Blocks should be welcomed by numerous organizations that struggle to keep up with the pace of cloud provider’s innovation.

“It’s good to see advanced new service offerings come to the market that combine both software assets and professional services,” Mueller said. “Executives need these kinds of packaged offerings to reduce complexity and to practice enterprise acceleration for their next-generation applications.”

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