Cloud hosting provider Rackspace has announced that it will offer managed IT services and support for the full Google Apps for Work technology suite including Gmail, Drive and Hangouts. The Google Apps for Work at Rackspace offering will provide customers with Rackspace’s “Fanatical Support”, along with a specific set of migration, deployment and account management services.
The Google Apps for Work at Rackspace offering, which is in early access, is currently available in the U.S. only and will roll out internationally in 2015.
Google Apps for Work at Rackspace offers small businesses and IT administrators specialized expertise including:
- Deployment Services – Delivers seamless deployment including provisioning, security configuration and mobile device management.
- Migration Services – Offers operations assistance to help customers manage the complexities associated with system migrations including DNS configuration and data transfer.
- Account Management –Provides account management services which include utilization and availability reporting options.
“Companies want and need a trustworthy provider to offer technical expertise and support to help them succeed with their cloud hosting applications,” said Taylor Rhodes, president and CEO of Rackspace. “This partnership is an exciting step forward in advancing the future of cloud-based office productivity and collaboration.”
As part of this collaboration, Rackspace joined the Google for Work Partner Program as a Premier SMB Reseller. This program enables Rackspace to offer services and provide Google Apps for Work to SMBs globally.
“SMBs are looking to the cloud now more than ever before to support the need for office and collaborative applications that can be accessed from anywhere,” said Chris Chute, research vice president, Global SMB Cloud and Mobility Practice at IDC. “Rackspace’s focus on making SMB businesses successful through its managed cloud hosting services and Fanatical Support team is an advantage for smaller customers who many times require this type of assistance in order to take advantage of the cloud productivity market.”
For additional information about the Google Apps for Work at Rackspace early access program and how to sign-up, please visit Googleapps.rackspace.com.