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Rackspace Is EMC’s 2014 Service Provider Of The Year For Innovation

In technology, partnerships are imperative. Through key partnerships we can use best-of-breed offerings from partners to help customers build their businesses on solutions they can trust.

I am honored and humbled to learn that Rackspace has been named EMC’s 2014 Service Provider of the Year for Innovation, an achievement that recognizes Rackspace for demonstrating a commitment to developing innovative solutions that allow our customers to maximize the value of their digital data. We have focused on hosted solutions for customers’ business challenges, identified new market opportunities and along with EMC, used technological innovation to address customer needs.

It’s incredibly exciting to be selected for this award. Rackspace was chosen from a pool of candidates that included some of the industry leaders in cloud and managed hosting. The announcement was made at EMC World 2014 and is a testament to the incredible work that EMC and Rackspace are doing together to make the cloud experience phenomenal for our customers.

Rackspace and EMC have been partners for over a decade now, and this award recognizes some of the incredible work that we’ve done together in the past as well as some work we are doing together today that will power digital data into the future.

We’re reaching massive scale across EMC’s storage platforms which fortifies Rackspace’s position as a committed partner that is building multiple storage solutions atop EMC technologies and giving customers a world class Storage, Backup, and Resiliency experience.

The best part of this recognition is knowing that the Rackspace and EMC partnership is generating a real, tangible benefit for our customers. When you combine industry-leading hardware platforms with the experience, skills and expertise that Rackers have running EMC gear, the outcome is a phenomenal experience.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Will Knight.

Will Knight is an international business leader with over 20 year of experience in the IT industry with extensive experience in sales & marketing, Asia Geo expansion, channel strategies, and change management initiatives.

Mr. Knight joined Microsoft in 1999 and spent his first 8 years in Seattle working in product management, business development and marketing. In 2007, he moved to China and held a variety of roles in customer marketing, Tele operations, and channel management, helping to dramatically grow the customer, partner and sales base during his 3.5 years in the subsidiary.

Mr. Knight relocated to Singapore in 2011 as the Cloud Sales and Geo Expansion Lead for Asia Pacific. During his tenure in this position, he more than doubled the business in the first year and expanded operations throughout Southeast Asia. In 2012, Mr. Knight assumed the position of Small and Medium Business Leader for Asia Pacific, managing the sales, marketing, and channel management for SMB in Asia Pacific.

Most recently, Mr. Knight joined Rackspace as VP of Channel Sales responsible for competitive platforms and programs to create incremental revenue opportunities and drive profitable growth with partners.

Mr. Knight received his MBA in Marketing and Operations from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Boston University in Architecture. He also attended an executive MBA program at London Business School in strategic management and leadership.

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