Rackspace has announced the launch of its cloud computing infrastructure to UK businesses.
The company plans to offer cloud computing services from data centres located within the UK, allowing companies to "avoid offshore data issues and weighty upfront capital investments which helps them become more strategically agile from a business perspective".
Rackspace said that it already has over 500 UK customers in beta.
In a press release, the company said that the new UK cloud offerings include its Cloud Files service, running on Object Storage from Open Stack, and its Cloud Servers service, which is based on the Xen hypervisor.
According to Rackspace, Cloud Files is best suited for storing backups, video files, or static user content and Cloud Servers brings instant powerful computing services to customers, allowing users to run dozens of servers instantly for as long as is required.
Lanham Napier, President and CEO, Rackspace, said in a statement: "Some industry analysts have stated that by 2012, 20 per cent of organisations will no longer own an in-house IT infrastructure."
"Cloud computing enables this evolution in a cost-effective way; if customers on the cloud no longer need resources, they stop using them and almost immediately stop paying for them. This will be critical to companies still fighting to cut costs from their budgets, and will allow them to control spending more tightly than ever before."