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Rackspace Named 2012 Microsoft Hosting Partner Of The Year


Rackspace has been named the 2012 Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year, an award that recognizes managed, cloud and hybrid hosting. This marks the fourth time Rackspace has captured this rousing honor.

It’s incredibly exciting to be selected for this award. Rackspace was chosen from more than 3,000 global Microsoft partners who applied. We will accept in front of a crowd of 20,000 during Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference next month in Toronto.

Since the last time we won this prestigious award, we’ve been very busy…we’ve gone public; we’ve been recognized as a cloud leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant; and we’ve built ourselves into a formidable cloud computing player. Meanwhile, we’ve deepened our Microsoft bench across the board through delivering product and services to market while bringing on thousands, yes thousands, of Rackers.

Being recognized as Microsoft’s 2012 Hosting Partner of the Year highlights our commitment to delivering cutting edge products and services built on Microsoft technologies that improve and ease our mutual customers’ businesses. Solutions like hosted and dedicated Exchange and SharePoint, Windows and SQL in the Rackspace Cloud and SQL 2012 show off our Microsoft acumen. Our portfolio of Microsoft offerings also defines partnership. Best part….it’s all backed by our award winning Fanatical Support.

This achievement recognizes Rackspace for demonstrating solution innovations and exemplary commitment to engaging with Microsoft. We have focused on hosted solutions for customers’ business challenges, identified new market opportunities and along with Microsoft, used technology innovation to address customer needs. In addition, we’ve allowed our partners to leverage our innovation as the partner community becomes a more integral part of Rackspace and its business.

We’re now in a unique position in the market. We’re reaching massive scale across Microsoft’s server platforms and applications which fortifies Rackspace’s position as a stalwart partner that is building multiple successful businesses atop Microsoft technologies and giving customers a world class cloud computing and Fanatical Support experience.

We’re committed to Microsoft and we’re committed to our partner communities. And those commitments are stronger than ever – we’re not stopping now…

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Christopher Rajiah.

Christopher Rajiah is vice president of Worldwide Partner Sales. Christopher is responsible for shaping the strategic vision and execution of the Worldwide Channel Partner Program for Rackspace Hosting. His responsibilities include overall go-to-market channel strategy, the channel sales organization, channel sales revenue, partner acquisition activities, partner marketing and developing and leading channel engagements worldwide. He is also responsible for the high-level vision and execution of the Global Partner Program and is the primary spokesperson to the channel media.

Prior to Rackspace Hosting, Christopher was responsible for North American Channels and Worldwide Strategic Alliances at Extreme Networks. In this role, he developed and executed Extreme Networks' North American channel strategy, led the Worldwide Alliance organization, and delivered best-in-class partner programs and training to support Extreme’s partner ecosystem.

Christopher’s experience also includes working for 3COM in their strategic named accounts group, where he was instrumental in adding a collection of significant enterprise wins to its customer base. Prior to 3COM, Rajiah spent four years managing the network services engineering team at Georgia State University.

In addition to his industry experience, Christopher has also earned his Masters in Computer Science from Georgia State University while adding to his breadth of experience and skills.

  • Cii Technology Solutions

    Congratulations: Rackspace is an outstanding hosting partner, and we look forward to all the future good news that’s sure to come.

  • jules panopoulos

    I have been an IT professional for 15 years and have used many email host services during my career. I am happy to say Rackspace email hosting is the best I’v ever seen. Their level of service is
    amazing and the fanatical support is absolutely true. Great job Rackspace

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