Rackspace, a global managed cloud hosting company with more than 300,000 customers worldwide, 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 Microsoft Azure, minimize costs and optimize performance.
Through its new “Fanatical Support” offering, Rackspace engineers will provide application and infrastructure architecture guidance, making it easier for customers to succeed with Microsoft Azure. The company will also offer hybrid cloud hosting solutions that combine Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Microsoft’s Cloud Platform and Azure.
At launch, the “Fanatical Support” for Microsoft Azure offering will be generally available for U.S. based customers and will expand to International customers through early 2016.
“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with Microsoft and the options we provide for our customers by offering Fanatical Support for Azure,” said Taylor Rhodes, CEO at Rackspace. “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.”
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.
Migrating IT Workloads
“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 customers will be able to take advantage of Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure in two ways:
- Fanatical Support with Azure Bundle (Infrastructure and Support) –Customers can purchase Azure infrastructure and support as a bundle from Rackspace, whose experts can help them with architectural and on-boarding guidance.
- Fanatical Support for Azure (Support Only) – Customers who already use Azure infrastructure and want support and management expertise can get Rackspace managed services for their infrastructure as a separate cost based on their infrastructure spend.