Rackspace Hosting Recognized as 2012 Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year

SAN ANTONIO, TX  — June 26, 2012 — Today, Rackspace Hosting announced it has won the 2012 Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“Being selected as Microsoft’s 2012 Hosting Partner of the Year is a significant accomplishment.  This marks the fourth time we’ve received this honor, which underscores Rackspace’s dedication to helping customers meet their changing business needs by delivering cutting edge products and services built on Microsoft technologies,” said Christopher Rajiah, vice president of worldwide channel sales at Rackspace.  “Through an expansive portfolio of Microsoft offerings backed by Fanatical Support®, Rackspace will continue to open the door to new market opportunities, while setting the pace for innovation in the hosting space.”

Awards were presented in multiple categories, with winners chosen from a set of nearly 3,000 entrants worldwide. Rackspace Hosting was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Hosting.

The Hosting Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who has demonstrated solution innovation and a commitment to engaging with Microsoft.  Rackspace’s efforts have focused on helping customers address business challenges through technology innovation.  Along with demonstrating innovation, Rackspace actively promoted its solutions through marketing campaigns.

By aligning efforts, Rackspace is now reaching massive scale across Microsoft’s server platform and applications. Rackspace’s current offering includes solutions such as hosted and dedicated Exchange and SharePoint, Windows and SQL in the Rackspace Cloud and  SQL 2012.  This ongoing collaboration will enable Rackspace to continue building successful businesses on top of Microsoft technology, while providing Microsoft customers with a world-class experience as they take advantage of cloud computing.

“Rackspace has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to provide enhanced support across Microsoft server and application platforms,” said Marco Limena, vice president, Business Channels, Operator Channels at Microsoft Corporation. “Working closely with Microsoft, Rackspace has helped its customers save time and money while allowing them to focus on their core business objectives.”

The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year.

About Rackspace
Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX) is the service leader in cloud computing and founder of OpenStack®, an open source cloud platform. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support® to its customers and partners across a portfolio of IT services, including Dedicated Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid Hosting. Rackspace has been recognized by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and was featured on Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The company was also positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.” For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.

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