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Cloud vendor Rackspace reports earnings; Net Revenue 2008 up by 57% to $ 250 Million!

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 2008--Rackspace(R) Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the world's leading hosting services provider, today reported quarterly results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. Summary results were provided in the company's S-1 filed on August 5, 2008 for its subsequent Initial Public Offering.

Rackspace continued to deliver on its growth strategy in the second quarter of 2008. Net revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008 were $130.8 million, up 9.4% from the first quarter of 2008 and up 55.7% from the quarter ended June 30, 2007. Net revenues for the first six months of 2008 were $250.4 million, an increase of 57.3% relative to net revenues for the first six months of 2007. The installed base continued to provide a significant portion of growth during the second quarter 2008, growing at an average rate of 1.0% per month. Relative to the quarter ended March 31, 2008, customer count increased by 6.1% to more than 33,600 customers (including more than 13,800 mail customers) and server count increased by 6.7% to more than 42,400.

"We delivered strong growth despite a challenging macroeconomic environment, which demonstrates the strength of Rackspace's Fanatical Support(R) and its ability to win and keep customers in a tough climate," said Lanham Napier, president and chief executive officer, Rackspace Hosting. "We are seeing significant global growth, and we will continue to make disciplined, long-term investments in order to capitalize on the demand for hosting."



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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
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I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


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Soon awaiting the fall
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