Cloud services provider Rackspace has signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world’s largest providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation.
Founded in 2000, Datapipe is a pioneer in managed public cloud services. Rackspace states it’s “a growing and profitable” business, based in Jersey City, N.J., with 825 employees and 29 data centers available in nine countries. Datapipe serves the needs of many large enterprises, including Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid.
Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale. With the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace would 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.”
Key capabilities that Datapipe would bring to Rackspace customers include:
- Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport
- Professional services, software and tooling that would help better serve enterprise customers
- Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., 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 centers
- Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)
By the same token, Rackspace would bring 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
“We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace,” said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. “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 centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world’s leading provider of multi-cloud managed services.”