Rackspace Has Nipped Vendor Lock-in by Hiring Executive from ‘Land Down Under’
The global technology giant in cloud hosting and computing, Rackspace, has had its brimful of technological firsts, but it now has an even more clear-sighted breakthrough after hiring the former Chief Information Officer at Altium, Alan Perkins.
Alan Perkins will now major as the Director of Technology & Product, in the Australian wing of Rackspace. This will be just over four years after the experienced new talent, who has majored in systems analysis, made it to the shortlist of a prestigious award in Australia.
Analysts are tracing Perkins’ connections with his new employer, at least for having used the service, during his more than ten-year tenure at Altium, as the boon that has had Rackspace spot him and bring him back to the fold. As CIO in his immediate firm, he had helped transition from the computing systems of Amazon to the open source Rackspace.
As he would explain later, IaaS, which most providers specialize on, does not meet the fiscal and performance dictates as PaaS, which Rackspace provides, does. Other than the Customer Relationship Management software of PaaS, one can also factor in quality assessment, and also do some licensing work, all because this is a platform that evolves, and always needs new patents.
The Australian cloud talent also explained that he preferred Rackspace during his previous tenure in other firms because of the fact that cloud ought not to be all about the ‘incremental’ hypothesis that most online providers of the service perpetuate. In lieu, it is all about collaboration on the hi-tech side of Platform as a Service. This is only available on an open cloud dispensation like the one of his current firm.
The hiring of the Aussie will be a great boost in meeting up the challenge of vendor lock-in that happen even in open systems. Statistics for example show that the Land Down Under is attracting a lot of developers, which has the disadvantage of creating conflicting systems, which lead to a cloud that is hard to crack. It is against this that Perkins will be flexing his tech muscle by adjusting the tendons of Rackspace into greater flexibility.
Australia is one of the select countries in the globe where IT, cloud computing and hosting, are becoming bread and butter necessities, with the word ‘CIO’ almost on every department person’s lips.
Indeed, the country head of Rackspace in the Oceania region has reiterated that cloud and related framework are becoming indispensable to the performance of companies, and for this reason, tech firms like his need a brain at the helm that has multi-faceted experience besides authority to rally the staff behind.
Alan Perkins’ office will be in the capital Sydney, the city which is hosting the initial data facility for Rackspace in Australia, which came up not long ago. This makes the exponential expansion of the company that recently announced intentions to train and employ a thousand Texans in the US, in the coming 24 months, a feasible reality.
By John Omwamba