Rackspace Makes Investment in Platform9, Adds Managed Kubernetes

Taylor Bird, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Rackspace Technology
“Our MPK solution is designed for customers of any size who are struggling with the increasingly disparate experience of managing container-based application deployments in a multicloud world,” said Taylor Bird, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Rackspace Technology.

Cloud hosting provider Rackspace (NASDAQ: RXT), an end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, has made a strategic investment in Platform9 – a Managed Kubernetes provider for distributed cloud. At the same time, Rackspace has launched its Rackspace Managed Platform for Kubernetes (MPK).

Driven by a shared multicloud vision, both companies will collaborate and deeply align on products, technologies, and go-to-market activities. Financial terms of this deal were not disclosed.

“The investment from Rackspace Technology comes at a critical point as the industry moves closer to a multicloud and distributed clouds future,” said Sirish Raghuram, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Platform9. “We are looking forward to working with the Rackspace Technology team to accelerate our customers’ cloud journeys. Platform9’s SaaS managed Kubernetes, paired with the Rackspace Technology team’s unmatched leadership in managed cloud hosting operations along with Fanatical Experience is a game-changer in distributed Kubernetes management.”

Powered by Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) solution, Rackspace MPK is providing a:

  • Single pane of glass for deploying and managing clusters across public and private clouds
  • Curated platform experience that provides frequently requested infrastructure services for containerized applications
  • Specialized support team comprised of Certified Kubernetes Administrators versed in Kubernetes, Platform9, and multicloud

“At Rackspace Technology and Platform9, we see the strain that transformation and growth puts on the ability for businesses to fully realize their cloud native strategy,” said Taylor Bird, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Rackspace Technology. “It’s the often missing technical and cultural components necessary for success that inspired us to develop our first collaborative offering, Rackspace Managed Platform for Kubernetes.”

“As the shift to cloud native platforms becomes more mainstream, we’ve seen an increasing demand for container services that enhance the developer experience and simplify operations,” added Mr. Bird. “Our MPK solution is designed for customers of any size who are struggling with the increasingly disparate experience of managing container-based application deployments in a multicloud world.”

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