Google Cloud Names Rackspace its 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year

We are honored that Google Cloud named Rackspace its 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year during last night’s awards ceremony at Next ‘19, Google Cloud’s annual flagship conference, held in San Francisco.

Rackspace SVP & GM of Cloud and Infrastructure Services Prashanth Chandrasekar called the recognition “the latest validation of Rackspace’s disruptive, integrated and flexible approach to delivering next-generation cloud services that span the full spectrum of the cloud journey — from navigation to operations to optimization.

Just last month, he noted, Gartner placed Rackspace in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services — for the third year in a row.

“We’re thrilled to recognize Rackspace as the 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year,” said Carolee Gearhart, Vice President, Worldwide Channel Sales at Google Cloud.  “Rackspace has proven its expertise in Google Cloud and has demonstrated its commitment to customer success over the past year. We’re excited to keep building on our partnership with Rackspace as more and more customers look to our ecosystem to help them succeed in the cloud.”

Patrick Lee, center, Rackspace vice president of sales alliances, accepts the Google Cloud Migration Partner of the Year award at Next ’19.

Google Cloud cited our work for mutual customer Eagle Eye, a UK-based technology company transforming marketing by creating digital connections that enable personalized performance marketing in real time through coupons, loyalty, apps, subscriptions and gift services.

Eagle Eye’s tremendous success, fueled by its work with blue chip clients internationally, meant that it was looking for ways to deliver the next stage of growth. Rackspace recommended Eagle Eye move to Google Cloud Platform, to take advantage of its scalability, agility and competitive pricing.

Before beginning its deployment to Google Cloud, however, Rackspace provided a proof-of-concept environment, allowing Eagle Eye to trial its application. It was a success and Eagle Eye is now consolidating its technology estate across the globe, which will allow efficient management of its AIR platform as it scales.

Today, the company can process up to up to 3,000 API requests per second. Rackspace continues to work with Eagle Eye on its migration to Google Cloud, and take full advantage of the increased on-demand scalability and reliability of Google Cloud. The migration is also enabling the company to achieve real efficiency, according to Eagle Eye founder and CTO Steve Rothwell.

“Rackspace has been fundamentally key to that growth,” he said. Without partners like Rackspace and Google, he continued, “we could have spent years trying to work out how to build that infrastructure alone, to create that effect.”

As one of Google Cloud’s first Premier Managed Services Partner, we help customers migrate applications running on legacy environments to Google Cloud to realize the many benefits of the platform. We employ hundreds of GCP-certified engineers who have a combined 2.5 million hours of support and operation. We offer expert guidance on how to architect, plan and operate Google Cloud environments at scale.

[Learn more about our work with Eagle Eye by reading the full case study.]

If you’re attending Next ’19 and would like more information about how Rackspace can help accelerate the value of Google Cloud Platform for your organization, we invite you stop by booth S1319 and speak to our experts.

Also, check out the presentation by Rackspace Reliability Engineer Thomas Bottrill, “How to run highly available Microsoft SQL Server in Google Cloud” on Thurs., April 11.


Learn why customers choose Rackspace + Google Cloud, and get a free quote from a Google Cloud specialist today.

Daniel Sheppard is a seasoned product manager with a background in infrastructure and software. He has worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage startups, and is aware of the unique challenges each of these environments face with adoption and operation of technology. Daniel brings that background to his current role as a head of product for Rackspace's Google partnership, where he is responsible for the overall integration strategy for Google and Rackspace products. Daniel holds multiple certifications in project management and has his MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business.

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