13 September 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Rackspace has signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, a provider of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation.
Rackspace says the acquisition, the
largest in the company’s history, will create a
"world leader in multi-cloud managed services". It also brings
important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the
company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at
Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its
abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the
acquisition of Datapipe, which serves large enterprises such as
Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid, Rackspace will
be able to meet this growing demand.
"Our customers are looking for help as they spread their
applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting,
and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility,
control, security, and cost-efficiency they’re
seeking," said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace.
"With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very
pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide
our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities
across the globe."
Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring
to Rackspace are:
By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities
to Datapipe customers, including:
Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Jersey City-based Datapipe,
added: "Customers need guidance using public cloud
infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google
Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help
navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and
colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move
critical applications out of their corporate data centres. The
combination of complementary capabilities and resources from
both of our companies will create the world’s
leading provider of multi-cloud managed services."
Rackspace will develop a comprehensive integration plan and
will take great care to maintain and enhance the exceptional
customer outcomes that both companies are known for.
Rackspace will welcome 825 Datapipe employees into its ranks
and pending regulatory approvals, Rackspace’s
acquisition of Datapipe is expected to close in Q4