One of the world's most prominent cloud computing companies, Rackspace, just acquired SharePoint911, a SharePoint consulting, training and "JumpStart" service.
The move is an important because Rackspace customers will now be able to take better advantage of SharePoint hosting solutions in addtion to the company's expert services in the enterprise market.
Rackspace initially ventured into the managed SharePoint market back in 2008 by providing a special service helping customers deal with the perceived complexities of managing a SharePoint environment. The service caught on and was a success for Rackspace, which immediately understood the value of working with SharePoint but also realized that such a powerful solution necessitated the aid of a trusted advisor who knew how to best manage and use the software. This reasoning was the catalyst to the acquisiton of SharePoint911.
"For several years, Rackspace has focused on providing managed SharePoint infrastructure," says Rackspace chief technology officer John Engates. "We are thrilled to have the world-class expertise of SharePoint911 on our team to give us greater application delivery service capabilities. SharePoint911 will add the talent and expertise to our teams to make SharePoint deployments easier for our customers while increasing their scalability and performance through better integration of the workload and infrastructure."
SharePoint911 has been around for eight years and has long been lauded for its technical excellence and leadership in the SharePoint community.