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Collaboration With Rackspace

We’ve talked before about our partnership with Rackspace and how reliable of a managed hosting partner they’ve been for us. Yesterday we announced how closely we’ve been working together on the design and deployment of our infrastructure hosting environment and how we’ve done it all with commodity hardware boxes.
When designing our infrastructure environment we had three primary goals:
1. The platform needed built-in redundancy at all levels of the configuration.
2. The platform must scale with the growth of our customer base.
3. The cost of the overall platform must scale as it grows, especially as the demands for unlimited storage and bandwidth increase over time.
Rackspace was able to help us to achieve each of these goals, and many more. They’ve been instrumental in helping us mature as an email hosting company and a Software-as-a-Service provider. Their expertise has been invaluable.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Pat Matthews.

Pat Matthews is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, Pat founded, a business email hosting company that made Inc. magazine's list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 2007 Rackspace acquired and the two businesses joined forces. From 2007 to 2009, Pat led the Rackspace mail business and helped grow it to more than two million paid mailboxes worldwide.

In January 2010, Pat was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of all Rackspace cloud businesses. In this role he led Rackspace to become one of the most important companies in the cloud computing industry. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cloud at Rackspace in August of 2010.

Today, Pat oversees corporate development, which includes M&A, investment projects, new business initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Pat is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He is an angel investor and advisor in several startup companies. Pat and his family live in San Antonio, TX.

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