When I heard that Rackspace has been recognized as a market leader in Gartner’s 2012 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting, North America for the second consecutive year, I was reminded of Frank Sinatra crooning “love is lovelier the second time around.” It’s a great honor once; but twice is even nicer.
The love we’re getting from Gartner is even sweeter because, while we had a great year and did pioneering work in 2012, it was tough on our Rackers. We launched a suite of new open cloud products on tight deadlines, and we migrated many customers to our new platform.
This recognition from Gartner affirms that all the hard work and disruption was worthwhile. I’m proud of the Rackers who earned this great achievement, and the customers who stuck with us. It shows that our Fanatical Support and our move to the open cloud are paying off.
The Magic Quadrant, published April 9, 2013, places providers in four distinct categories based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute: Niche Players, Challengers, Visionaries and Leaders. We believe being included in the Leaders Quadrant affirms that we’re on the right track.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting for North America encompasses hosting on physical machines as well as managed cloud. It recognizes the importance of managed hosting, which, when coupled with public cloud computing, is a cornerstone of our open hybrid cloud — and the future of cloud computing.
This year, we’ll expand our hybrid cloud to offer each customer the ideal mix of public and private cloud services and dedicated hardware, on-premise or in our data centers. This approach gives each customer a cloud that fits its specific needs — an appealing alternative to cloud providers who believe that one size fits all.
While we’re all thrilled that Gartner has recognized us in its 2012 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting for North America, we won’t rest on our laurels. We’ll remain laser-focused on expanding Fanatical Support, our hybrid cloud portfolio and the power of the open cloud.
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