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Microsoft Azure garners increasing support from industry

Hafizah Osman | July 16, 2015
Enterprises aim to speed up Cloud deployment.

Equinix is also working closely with service provider channel partners including Datapipe, Unitas Global and ScienceLogic to develop custom solutions that further help enterprises create hybrid Clouds, maximizing the public Cloud through Azure and ExpressRoute, paired with on-premise infrastructure and services inside Equinix.

Managed Cloud company, Rackspace, has also announced support for Microsoft Azure. The company has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft product portfolio with Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure.

Rackspace will work with customers to help them speed their deployment of Azure, minimise costs and optimise performance. It also aims to provide application and infrastructure architecture guidance and offer hybrid Cloud solutions that combine Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Microsoft's Cloud Platform and Azure.

According to Rackspace, its customers will be able to take advantage of Fanatical Support for Azure in two ways:

  • Customers can purchase Azure infrastructure and support (including architectural and on-boarding guidance) as a bundle from Rackspace.
  • Customers who already use Azure infrastructure and want support and management expertise can get Rackspace managed services for their infrastructure as a separate cost based on their infrastructure spend.

"By adding support for Azure to our portfolio, we can now serve customers who want public, private and hybrid Cloud environments built on the Microsoft Azure Stack," Rackspace CEO, Taylor Rhodes, mentioned.

This offering is available for US customers for now but will expand to international customers, including A/NZ, through early 2016.


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