As promised, Adobe has announced that its CQ Cloud Manager now supports Rackspace in addition to the already in-place support for Amazon EC2.

Digital marketers now have more choices for where to deploy new initiatives -- and for those wishing to provision Amazon services, there's now the ability to choose which Instance Type is needed. That way, companies can buy just the right amount of compute power, instead of paying too much for services that aren't needed. This is good news because it brings the promise of the cloud one step closer to Adobe CQ Cloud Manager customers.

Deeper Cloud Customization

The Rackspace news builds on an established alliance with Adobe because CQ environments are already supported by Rackspace's Critical Application Services. Rackspace has been providing critical infrastructure and technical support to CQ customers since August, but now Adobe's Cloud Manager Platform has taken the integration a bit deeper. 

For CQ Clouds on Amazon or Rackspace, the flexibility goes even a bit deeper with the ability to choose which regions you can provision to. CQ Cloud configurations can be run wherever Amazon and Rackspace have data centers -- currently, North America, Europe and Asia. 

Adobe CQ5 Cloud Manager Adds Support for Rackspace

CQ Cloud Manager can set up, manage and measure numerous web experiences -- without IT help.

The cloud is as much about flexibility as it is simplicity, and these recent Adobe moves definitely make setting up CQ clouds more flexible. In addition to Rackspace and Amazon, Adobe has promised future support for Bluelock, but there is no word yet on when that may happen.

Adobe Summer Recap

Since the Adobe/Rackspace integration in August, there have been several other Adobe highlights worth mentioning. Most recently, Acrobat XI launched with new cloud services and more integration with SharePoint and Office. Additionally, Adobe launched a new version of its video conferencing suite Connect 9, as well as PhoneGap Build, a new mobile app building tool for the PhoneGap framework. 

Adobe has also come out with a new Web design suite called Edge Animate. Web developers may not be able to make use of Flash anymore, but some of those same kinds of ideas can be brought to life in a standards-based environment with Edge Animate.