Rackspace (RAX) Announces 'Fanatical Support' for Microsoft Azure
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Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, today announced that it has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft product portfolio with Fanatical Support® for Microsoft® Azure™. Rackspace will work with customers to help them speed their deployment of Azure, minimize costs and optimize performance. Rackspace engineers will provide application and infrastructure architecture guidance, making it easy for customers to succeed with Azure. The company will also offer hybrid cloud solutions that combine Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Microsoft's Cloud Platform and Azure.
"Our strategy at Rackspace has always been to provide the world's best expertise and service for industry-leading technologies -- including a broad selection of Microsoft products," said Taylor Rhodes, CEO at Rackspace. "We're pleased to expand our relationship with Microsoft and the options we provide for our customers by offering Fanatical Support for Azure. By adding support for Azure to our portfolio, we can now serve customers who want public, private and hybrid cloud environments built on the Microsoft Azure Stack."
Rackspace is building on a 13-year collaboration with Microsoft by offering specialized expertise and its highly-regarded Fanatical Support for Azure. As a five-time Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year, Rackspace has a track record of providing managed cloud services on leading Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Cloud Platform with Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 (full suite), System Center Operations Manager 2007, SQL Server (2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, and 2014), Exchange, SharePoint and Office365, which is now generally available in the U.S.
"Fanatical Support for Azure and Azure Stack adds Rackspace's industry-leading support to Microsoft's deep experience with the hybrid cloud, creating a win-win for customers," said Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft's Cloud + Enterprise group. "With this relationship, our mutual customers will have even more options for migrating their diverse IT workloads to the cloud."
Rackspace will work with customers to understand their requirements and create solutions that incorporate and maximize the latest Azure technologies. The Fanatical Support for Azure offering includes:
Customers will be able to take advantage of Fanatical Support for Azure in two ways:
"As organizations increasingly incorporate cloud services as part of their overall IT portfolio, the reality for many is that it introduces complexity into their environment," said Michelle Bailey, SVP of Datacenter Initiatives at 451 Research. "Cloud providers offering deep expertise around planning, migrating and managing enterprise-class production workloads is a massive gap in the market right now. With Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure, Rackspace is responding to the needs of their customers looking for a trusted advisor to help ease the transition to cloud and derive maximum benefit from their investments."
At launch, the offering will be generally available for U.S. based customers and will expand to International customers through early 2016. For more information on the Microsoft product portfolio at Rackspace and the recent addition of Fanatical Support for Azure, please visit:www.rackspace.com/azure.
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