Rackspace® announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world's leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition will be the largest in Rackspace history, where it brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.
According to industry surveys, the vast majority of companies operate across three or more clouds today, and will do so for years to come. Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace will be able to meet this growing demand.
Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring to Rackspace are:
Experience serving high-profile public-sector customers
Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers
Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil, mainland China, and Russia
Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centers
Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)
By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:
Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS
Managed Google Cloud Platform
Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce
"Our customers are looking for help as they spread their applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility, control, security, and cost-efficiency they're seeking," said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. "With the acquisition of Datapipe, we're very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe."
"We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace," said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. "Customers need guidance using public cloud infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move critical applications out of their corporate data centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world's leading provider of multi-cloud managed services."