Rackspace Earns Spots In Leaders Quadrants Of Gartner Magic Quadrants For Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting For North America And Europe

Fifteen years ago, when scores of companies rented out access to single-tenant servers with little or no support, we at Rackspace created the managed hosting business. We started by answering the phone when customers called. We began delivering Fanatical Support. We sharpened our expertise in Linux and Windows system administration, and network security. We took the burden of managing complex systems off of our customers’ shoulders. It’s what set us apart from the pack. We became managed hosting specialists.

Today, we apply those same principles to the cloud.

With our recently launched managed cloud, we alleviate operations headaches for our customers and deliver myriad proactive services to ensure their cloud runs smoothly. We do this with our award-winning Fanatical Support, which lets customers focus on their core business without the headache of becoming experts in dozens of complex and fast-changing cloud technologies. The managed cloud now includes two distinct managed service levels for our public cloud, a new developer+ program, a restructured pricing model and new Support SLAs.

Instead of forcing customers to do it all themselves, or manage multiple infrastructure and support providers, our managed cloud makes computing simple. It provides customers economies of expertise. We handle their computing, storage, networks and operating systems, along with the complex tools and applications, like databases and ecommerce platforms, that run on top of that infrastructure. We offer 24×7 access to cloud engineers, scaling help, DevOps automation, code assistance and much more.

This lets our customers stay fast and lean and focus their scarce developer talent on building their app, instead of swelling their payroll with engineers to manage IT that doesn’t differentiate their business. One of our customers, Kabbee, has said that it would have had to hire at least six engineers to match the 24×7 coverage it receives from Rackspace. Another customer, DigitalFilm Tree, said it would have to pay an engineer $100,000 per year to match the level of service Rackspace managed cloud provides.

We believe our expertise and laser-focus have earned us spots as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrants for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting for North America and Europe. Gartner published separate assessments for each market and ranked Rackspace as a leader in both based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision. These Magic Quadrants focus on the service layer on top of cloud infrastructure, rather than solely on the infrastructure itself. That’s where our managed cloud focus fits perfectly.

Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America

Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe

For the past two consecutive years we’ve been recognized by Gartner as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting, North America, and today we’re pleased to be named a leader in the first Magic Quadrants that specifically examine cloud-enabled managed hosting providers. We feel this honor highlights the importance of Fanatical Support and our mission to be recognized as one of the world’s greatest service companies. It focuses on the depth and quality of our portfolio and the specialized expertise that we offer on top of it.

We believe our inclusion in the Leaders Quadrants for both Magic Quadrants shows that we’re pioneers in the emerging managed cloud segment of the IT market.

Through the rest of the year, we’ll expand our offerings and services to ensure our customers have managed cloud environments that provide the best fit for their specific workloads. Our teams of managed cloud specialists will work to cement our place as the No. 1 managed cloud company.

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John Engates joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as Vice President of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, John created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. John played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace’s cloud-computing strategy and cloud products. John met frequently with customers to hear about their needs and concerns, and to discuss Rackspace’s vision for the future of cloud computing. John's final positions was as the company’s Chief Evangelist. John is also an internationally recognized cloud computing expert and a sought-after speaker at technology conferences, including CA World, the Goldman Sachs Techtonics Conference and Cloud Expo. He speaks on the future of cloud computing, enterprise cloud adoption, data center efficiency, green data center best practices, and more. Prior to joining Rackspace, John was a founder and General Manager at Internet Direct, one of the original Internet service providers in Texas. John is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.


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