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Rackspace Startup Program Offers Cloud Services To Fledgling Companies

Hosting services provider Rackspace has launched a new program that will let startups access cloud computing resources.

The Rackspace Startup Program will focus on offering cloud computing services to young startups that are participating in a program with 500 Startups, TechStars, Y Combinator and General Assembly.

The company said that it will provide startup firms with the guidance and cloud resources required to expand.

Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, said in a statement, “A lot of folks don't understand that Rackspace is actually a startup success story - they grew from a 10 person start-up to a leading cloud player, so they understand what it takes to succeed. Fortunately for the tech community, Rackspace continues to invest in entrepreneurs by providing compute power.”

The company also released a new version of its cloud computing management application for Apple's iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone devices.

Rackspace Cloud 2.0, available now from the iTunes App Store, will allow system administrators to remotely manage their firm's cloud infrastructure while on the move. The company said that IT administrators will also be able to manage and customise the off-site OpenStack clouds from their mobile devices.

"Now that the cloud application is available on more portable devices and has more features, Rackspace is extending fanatical support by bringing ease of use and portability to the cloud," said Mike Mayo, mobile application developer of the Rackspace cloud.