Rackspace has added a new OpenStack-as-a-Service option in partnership with Red Hat (RHT), whose enterprise Linux distribution powers the new cloud platform.

Rackspace announced the platform Thursday. It's pitching it as a key step in the "company's strategy to deliver the most reliable and easy-to-use OpenStack private and hybrid clouds in the world."

The platform is a hosted implemenation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat's main product for building open source private and hybrid clouds using OpenStack. While Red Hat's OpenStack distribution has been available for more than two years, the Rackspace hosted offering provides another way for enterprises to deploy OpenStack as a service rather than a platform they maintain themselves.

Rackspace says this is important as a way to speed OpenStack adoption. It noted in announcing that platform that, according to Gina Longoria, senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, enterprises report that "one of the primary barriers to OpenStack adoption continues to be the operational complexities around deployment. With Rackspace expanding their offerings to provide a tested and managed deployment of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, customers can take out a lot of the uncertainty of the do it yourself model and leverage the OpenStack as-a-service product portfolio at Rackspace."

The Rackspace offering includes support from Rackspace, but the company says it is collaborating with Red Hat in maintaining the infrastructure that hosts the platform. Rackspace is also "contributing to Red Hat's continued efforts to improve Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform by testing and certifying for broad hardware and software compatibility, performance and availability," the company says.