Rackspace gains 29 data centres with Datapipe acquisition

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 scale.

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:

• Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the US Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the UK Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport

• Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers

• Data centres and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the US, Brazil, mainland China, and Russia

• Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centres

• Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)

By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:

• Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS

• Managed Google Cloud Platform

• Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce

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 2017. 

Back in 2015, Equinix partnered with Rackspace to support enterprise hybrid cloud solutions and also Datapipe to support AWS.

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