Rackspace Earns AWS Partner Network Distinction with 500 AWS Technical Certifications

SAN ANTONIO – November 22 , 2016 - Rackspace® today announced that its Fanatical Support® for Amazon Web Services (AWS)® global team was awarded a certification distinction by AWS for achieving more than 500 AWS professional and associate certifications. This depth and breadth of AWS expertise is the basis for Rackspace’s status as an audited AWS Managed Service Partner, AWS DevOps Competency partner, and AWS Marketing & Commerce Competency partner in the  AWS Partner Network (APN).

"Rackspace has brought a lot of expertise and support to our team in enabling us to handle AWS,” said Ben Beath, Head of Digital at Loud&Clear. “They also understood the mission critical aspect of what we do and how even a minute of downtime at the wrong time can be a huge support event. Rackspace has added an enormous amount of value through having the experience to not only run the infrastructure and manage it, but also come to us with new ideas of how to get the most out of our technology stack.”

Many businesses seek certified AWS experts to architect, deploy, operate and optimize their AWS environments. These experts need to stay up-to-date with newly released AWS features and innovations, and be on call around the clock to react to unforeseen interruptions 24x7 to avoid disruption to customers’ businesses. Locating, hiring and retaining technical experts with AWS certifications can be time consuming, costly, and result in limited outcomes. Fanatical Support for AWS provides a solution to this challenge by delivering large-scale, global expertise to businesses running workloads on the AWS Cloud.

“Customers are migrating more complex workloads to AWS at a faster rate, which is driving stronger demand for managed services, ” said Jeff Cotten, senior vice president and general manager of AWS at Rackspace.  “Reaching the 500 certification milestone highlights the depth of our AWS expertise. We are committed to providing Fanatical Support on top of AWS, and will continue to invest in growing our global expertise to help our customers maximize their investments in the AWS Cloud.”

Rackspace’s base of knowledge spans all AWS certifications, which are earned through comprehensive exams to evaluate the candidates’ understanding of AWS, including DevOps Engineer, SysOps Adminstrator, Developer, and Solution Architect. Fanatical Support for AWS has certified experts in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With their global footprint and breadth of certified skills, these experts can provide fully-managed services to meet the needs of virtually any business running on the AWS Cloud.

For more information on Fanatical Support for AWS, please visit www.rackspace.com/aws.

About Rackspace
Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honoured within the top 100 Great Places to Work for the past 12 years. Learn more at www.rackspace.com. 

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