Liquid Web Acquires Cloud Sites Business Unit from Rackspace

Liquid Web, a $90 million web hosting and cloud services provider with a global customer base, has signed an agreement to purchase Rackspace Cloud Sites – a business unit from Rackspace focused on delivering Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities. Its staff and office will remain in San Antonio.

Users of the Cloud Sites platform, who include designers, developers and digital agencies, should expect a seamless transition as Liquid Web and Rackspace work together to complete the transaction. Liquid Web also plans to invest in developing innovative solutions on the Cloud Sites platform to serve these savvy, skilled professionals even better.

Backed by Liquid Web’s customer support, Cloud Sites will provide an all-in-one technology platform designed for high-traffic websites with easy scalability. The Cloud Sites platform-as-a-service (PaaS) product would significantly augment Liquid Web’s product portfolio and add capabilities to further simplify web hosting and cloud services. The Cloud Sites platform supports WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, .NET, PHP, and other development and production environments customers desire.

“With the addition of Cloud Sites, we further our mission to empower web professionals all over the world to create content and commerce without worry, free of problems and devoid of even one bit of hesitation by providing absolutely flawless web hosting,” said Jim Geiger, CEO of Liquid Web. “Unfortunately, our industry is trending toward unsupported services, which leaves fast-growing developers, digital agencies and designers alone, without a real person to turn to when they really need help. However, at Liquid Web, day-in and day-out our people stand behind the creators of content and commerce and we’re going to continue to stand behind those businesses who rely on the web and cloud. Our job is to delight and every single human being in our company is empowered to do so. Each of them has a relentless devotion to simplifying how our customers experience web hosting and cloud services.”

Headquartered in Lansing Michigan, Liquid Web owns and manages its own data centers while providing a broad portfolio of offerings ranging from bare metal servers to managed WordPress web hosting.

San Antonio

“Our No. 1 priority is making this a seamless transition for everyone involved, most importantly our customers and new team members,” added Mr. Geiger. “We are committed to investing and growing the current business with plans to have the Cloud Sites team firmly rooted in San Antonio. Our goal is to be a preferred technology employer in San Antonio, while also being an engaged corporate citizen.”

“As Rackspace continues to focus on delivering expertise and Fanatical Support for the world’s leading clouds, and serving more enterprise customers, it made sense for us to sell the Cloud Sites business unit to Liquid Web,” said Matt Bradley, vice president, corporate development and strategy, Rackspace. “Through the transaction, we are also pleased to welcome Liquid Web to the Rackspace Partner Network as an email reseller.”