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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Rackspace® today announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Datapipe, one of the world’s leading providers of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting and colocation. This acquisition, the largest in Rackspace history, brings important new capabilities to Rackspace and will enable the company to better serve customers of all kinds, globally and at scale.
According to industry surveys, the vast majority of companies operate across three or more clouds today, and will do so for years to come1. Customers have been asking Rackspace to rapidly expand its abilities in managing multiple clouds at scale, and with the acquisition of Datapipe, Rackspace will be able to meet this growing demand.
Among the new capabilities that Datapipe will bring to Rackspace are:
- Experience serving high-profile public sector customers, including the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Treasury, as well as the U.K. Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice, and Department of Transport
- Professional services, software and tooling that will help better serve enterprise customers
- Data centers and offices in key markets where Rackspace today has little or no presence, including the West Coast of the U.S., Brazil, mainland China, and Russia
- Traditional colocation services across four continents, to reduce cost and risk for customers moving applications out of their corporate data centers
- Managed services on the Alibaba Cloud (the largest in China)
By the same token, Rackspace brings new capabilities to Datapipe customers, including:
- Deep experience in Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack private clouds, including new service offerings for Azure Stack and VMware Cloud on AWS
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- Managed services for enterprise applications, including those in the Oracle and SAP ecosystems, and those used in digital marketing and ecommerce
“Our customers are looking for help as they spread their applications across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation, depending on the blend of performance, agility, control, security, and cost-efficiency they’re seeking,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “With the acquisition of Datapipe, we’re very pleased to expand the multi-cloud managed services we provide our customers, while also opening doors to new opportunities across the globe.”
Founded in 2000, Datapipe is a pioneer in managed public cloud services. It is a growing and profitable business, based in Jersey City, N.J., with 825 employees and 29 data centers in nine countries. Datapipe serves the complex needs of many large enterprises, including Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds and Rubbermaid.
“We are very proud of the business we have built and the innovations and successful customer outcomes we have been recognized for, and the future of Datapipe will be even brighter in combination with Rackspace,” said Robb Allen, founder and CEO of Datapipe. “Customers need guidance using public cloud infrastructure from Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. They also need help navigating the use of private clouds, managed hosting and colocation solutions, often in combination, as they move critical applications out of their corporate data centers. The combination of complementary capabilities and resources from both of our companies will create the world’s leading provider of multi-cloud managed services.”
Rackspace and Datapipe are remarkably similar. Both companies have been positioned as leaders in the Gartner Magic Quadrant assessments of providers of managed cloud services, and in industry rankings by Forrester and other leading analyst firms. Both companies are known for their technical expertise and managed services across multiple clouds, exceptional customer service, profitable growth, and engaged workplace cultures. Rackspace intends to build on the industry leadership the two companies have established in reliability and support, to create a new level of end-to-end customer experience.
Pending regulatory approvals, Rackspace’s acquisition of Datapipe is expected to close in Q4 2017. Rackspace will develop a comprehensive integration plan and will take great care to maintain and enhance the exceptional customer outcomes that both companies are known for. Rackspace looks forward to welcoming the talented employees from Datapipe.
Both companies are privately held, with Rackspace owned by affiliates of certain funds of Apollo Global Management, LLC and certain co-investors. The majority owner of Datapipe, Abry Partners, will receive equity in Rackspace. Brian St. Jean, Partner at Abry, described this transaction as “a measure of our confidence in the bright future of Rackspace when combined with Datapipe.” No additional terms or details of the transaction will be publicly disclosed.
Citigroup is acting as sole financial advisor to Rackspace in the transaction and has committed to provide incremental Senior Secured Credit Facilities, which will be used in part to refinance Datapipe’s existing indebtedness and pay related fees and expenses. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Rackspace.
Barclays and DH Capital are acting as financial advisors in the transaction to Datapipe. DLA Piper LLP is acting as legal advisor to Datapipe.
Rackspace, the leading multi-cloud managed services company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it all on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies including AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP and VMware. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.
A next generation MSP, Datapipe is recognized as the pioneer of managed services for public cloud platforms. Datapipe has unique expertise in architecting, migrating, managing and securing public cloud, private cloud, hybrid IT and traditional IT. The world’s most trusted brands partner with Datapipe to optimize mission-critical and day-to-day enterprise IT operations, enabling them to transform, innovate, and scale. Backed by a global team of experienced professionals and world-class interconnected data centers, Datapipe provides comprehensive cloud, compliance, security, governance, automation and DevOps solutions. Gartner named Datapipe a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.
1 Bain IT Decision Maker Survey, May 2017
Enterprise Kubernetes company Heptio announced Wednesday it has raised $25 million in Series B funding to accelerate its growth and extend its services for hybrid cloud transformation beyond the Kubernetes project.
Heptio founders Joe Beda and Craig McLuckie created Kubernetes along with Brendan Burns while they were with Google. The company provides training, professional services, and products to integrate Kubernetes and related technologies with enterprise IT and reduce the cost and complexity of running them in production environments.
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Kubernetes, the open source container automation platform developed by Google, has become the industry's de facto standard for orchestrating and managing containers, according to the announcement.
"Kubernetes really speaks to systems engineers, but there is a huge body of work to do to make it truly accessible to engineers who don't necessarily have the time to ‘dig into' the details of the project," wrote McLuckie, Heptio CEO, in a blog post. "Upstream versions of Kubernetes remain inaccessible to many from an operations and accessibility perspective. It is still too hard to deploy a Kubernetes cluster, qualify whether it is conformant, and stitch it into the fabric of enterprise IT systems."
Heptio will use the capital to "dramatically scale" its team and launch new products to make Kubernetes more accessible to developers and operators.
EverData Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a leading Datacenter and Cloud Solution Provider, announced that it has now become a Certified Google Cloud Partner that will allow the company to empower their end clients to reap the maximum benefits of cloud services. Google selects and prepares its Cloud Partners employing a rigorous process ensuring that the partners should reflect the highest standards of excellence as per Google standards.
“We already have a sizeable talent pool of seasoned cloud professionals possessing a global track record of excellent performance delivery. So, we decided to employ their skills for serving our clients in a better way. We are really excited to have joined Google Cloud Services as a Premium Partner that will help us to employ our techniques, tools, and expertise for offering a streamlined progress to our esteemed clients for a better RoI and enhanced business productivity.” Mr. Naveen Sharma, the CEO of EverData Technologies Pvt. Ltd. informed.
The company aspires to fill the technology gaps that limit many companies to take the maximum benefits of Cloud technology. Cloud expert Mr. Rajiv Sanyal informed that their integrated technologies and purpose-specific methodology can be compared to a fully-functional and ready-made infrastructure that can be used by the end clients to work with cloud platform without going through pains of fixing complicated things together.
The decade-old company made headlines when it started the Rajasthan’s first privately owned Tier III level data center. It is imperative to note that Tier III level data center is a premium quality certification that requires very high availability, 99.98% to be precise- that is trusted by most sensitive industries with sophisticated needs.
“Our team focuses on maximum RoI for the client’s cloud consultancy to suit the local as well as global requirements and ensuring seamless bridge between clients, staff, and corporate vendors in order to offer robust, fully-functional architecture. By meticulously combining GSuite and Chrome we aspire to offer the next level experience. By using the sophisticated technology of Google Cloud Platform our team is now capable of architecting the web and mobile apps that transcend the current innovations in the market.” Mr. Devendra Kumar Kamal Head of Technical Expert Panel concluded.
EverData is Rajasthan’s first privately owned Tier III level data center with an equally strong presence in cloud solution services and IPV6 consulting. The company is aimed at meeting the infrastructure and connectivity demand for Indian Digital Revolution. It first came into headline when it launched the Hindi Cloud- again the first of its kind. Apart from transcending the language barriers, this move has also helped a great way in hosting and keeping the nation’s pivotal data inaccessible to foreign nations and corporations.
Paya Lebar, Singapore – WPWebHost, a WordPress hosting provider with over 30,000 WordPress sites announced it has taken steps to further enhance it’s managed WordPress hosting offerings. These new plans and features are highly optimized, reliable and perfect for users desiring a scalable, optimized WordPress Hosting experience.
“Anticipating our customers’ needs and delivering the key features and functionalities they require to be successful when it comes to building high quality WordPress websites is what WPWebHost is about,” said Chan Kee Siak, CEO of WPWebHost. “Our new plans are the perfect springboard for small businesses, publishers and developers to increase productivity and deliver their message without having to worry about the cumbersome back-end.”
New plans come preconfigured with WordPress installation, migration, automated updates and enhanced security. In addition to their 24/7 support by their expert WordPress technical staff, additional features include Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, site indexing, cloning and staging environments.
“WordPress powers over 28% of all websites today, representing 60% of the content management system market and still growing strong. WordPress users have specific requirements and want to focus on making their website successful instead of configuring and securing web servers and WPWebHost is poised to deliver best in class WordPress Hosting, with Plesk WordPress Toolkit and their phenomenal management and support” said Jan Löffler, CTO at Plesk.”
For more information about WPWebHost and it’s the new WordPress features and benefits can be found at wpwebhost.com.
Since 2001, WPWebHost has assisted entrepreneurs and developers globally bring their dreams to life on the Internet. WPWebHost powers amazing experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company’s premium managed hosting platform provides the highest performance, reliability and security while remaining affordable and intuitive for individual and small businesses. Its commitments to customers include 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, friendly customer service team, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee.
Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.