Rackspace announces intent to acquire Datapipe

Rackspace announces intent to acquire Datapipe

Rackspace announces in their press-release an intent to acquire Datapipe. And in the now almost obligatory blog post, their CEO explains why this is a good fit. Rackspace will complete the deal in Q4 2017, subject to regulatory approval.

Datapipe will provide Rackspace with additional hosting capacity, several public sector customers in both the US and Europe, and professional services expertise. Datapipe also provides managed services on the Alibaba in China.

The capacity is in areas where Rackspace has had little or no presence. The Datapipe locations are in Brazil, and Russia. Rackspace gains access to new markets as well as additional capacity on the West Coast of the United States.

“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. With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi- managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe.”

  Joe Eazor, CEO, Rackspace.

This will be the largest acquisition in Rackspace’s history. There are implied concerns within the blog about maintaining Rackspace (and Datapipe’s) reputation for customer service. The blog makes special mention that they “will lead a thoughtful and thorough integration process”.

The deal will make Rackspace the leading provider of multi- managed services. Rackspace will support all the hyperscale platforms, covering Alibaba Cloud, Web Services, Google Platform and Microsoft Azure.

They also continue to be the leading global provider of managed hosting and private solutions, especially as Datapipe brings public-sector customers like the US government’s Treasury Department, Department of Defense, and the government’s Ministry of Justice and Department of Transport. Datapipe also brings large enterprise customers such as Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s and Rubbermaid to the Rackspace stable.

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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