Cloud hosting provider Rackspace will open a new data center in Frankfurt, Germany. Rackspace’s decision to expand its operations in the region provides customers with a new option for managed IT infrastructure in the face of strict personal data protection laws across Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) territory.
The facility is designed to serve customers who seek managed private clouds and hosting environments, with a focus on fully managed VMware environments.
Rackspace will be working with one of its long-standing partners to build out the infrastructure of the new data center, which is expected to be fully operational in mid-2017.
The plan to open the new facility in Frankfurt follows the recent appointment of Alex Fuerst as the leader of Rackspace operations in the DACH region. Mr. Fuerst has hired an in-region team focused on delivering managed private clouds and hosting environments, as well as managed cloud services for customers seeking help with the complexity and cost of managing AWS and Azure.
Globally, Rackspace engineers have more than 500 AWS certifications and proven experience with architecting, deploying, operating and optimizing both AWS and Azure customer environments. With this team of managed cloud specialists, Rackspace would be poised to serve customers in the region with its expertise and broad portfolio of services for multi-cloud environments.
“With the opening of our data center in Germany, we can provide the highest level of availability, security, performance and management, and also help our customers address data protection requirements by providing them with multi-cloud deployment options,” said Alex Fuerst. “As the demand for managed services increases in the German-speaking region, companies of all sizes in all verticals are embracing multi-cloud approaches to IT, so that each of their workloads runs on the platform where it can achieve the best performance and cost efficiency. More and more of those companies are turning to Rackspace expertise and support for their critical IT services and data.”
With the addition of the data center in Frankfurt, Rackspace will operate 12 data centers worldwide, including facilities in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dallas, Chicago and Ashburn (near Washington, D.C.).