September 25, 2018

Rackspace signs Google Cloud as managed service provider for Aus-NZ

With this move, Google Cloud users in the region will have access to Rackspace’s Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) programme for GCP.

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Tech giant Google’s SBU Google Cloud have announced that they have chosen Rackspace as their first managed service provider for the Australia- New Zealand (Aus-NZ) market. With this move, Google Cloud’s customers will be gaining access to Rackspace’s Customer Reliability Engineering program (CRE) as well as managed security services for Google Cloud Platform.

According to Google Cloud, enterprises in Australia and New Zealand are deploying cloud-based services to manage their workloads and applications. They say that these enterprises need robust infrastructure that can not only protect cloud environments but also enable safe migration of workloads to the cloud.

By choosing Rackspace as their managed service provider for the Aus-NZ region, Googe Cloud believe that they will provide GCP customers (Google Cloud Platform) with reliable and resilient infrastructure to implement and migrate cloud apps to the platform.

They also claim that both Rackspace and Google Cloud will facilitate architecture support, onboarding, and data migration to help ensure optimal performance of applications in the cloud.

Speaking about the move, Darryn McCoskery, General Manager Australia and New Zealand at Rackspace, commented:

The strategic partnership with Google Cloud provides the Australian and New Zealand market with an incredible cloud technology platform, giving them more choice than ever before.

We are taking the cloud transformation burden off their hands, using our deep cloud expertise – and now GCP’s unique capabilities – to help businesses focus on driving business growth and efficiencies.

Rackspace claim that they will also help in the quick expansion of GCP across new geographies and markets around Aus-NZ. Patrick Lee, Global Vice President and General Manager for Rackspace Managed Services for Google Cloud Platform, commented:

The launch of GCP in A/NZ coincides perfectly with the expansion of our Google offering globally to deliver our new managed security and Custom Reliability Engineering (CRE) services for GCP.

This is another major step towards jointly driving stronger innovation and expanding our reach to Google Cloud customers around the world.

Industry analysts opine that both the companies are looking to leverage each other’s expertise to gain market share in the region. It will be interesting to see how things turn out for Rackspace ever since they announced a partnership with Google Cloud for GCP.

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