Rackspace Acquires SharePoint911 to Provide Industry Leading SharePoint Expertise
By Thomas Eason
Rackspace® Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing, today announced its acquisition of SharePoint911, an industry leader in SharePoint consulting, training, and "JumpStart" services within SharePoint. The unification of both companies provides capabilities to deliver unparalleled SharePoint hosting solutions along with expert services to the enterprise market.
"For several years, Rackspace has focused on providing managed SharePoint infrastructure," says John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace. "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.
"Founded in 2004, SharePoint911 is widely recognized in the SharePoint community for their technical excellence and thought leadership. The SharePoint911 team includes six Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professional), and the authors of over ten SharePoint books such as Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration, Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Business Solutions with SharePoint and Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design as well as nine SharePoint training courses.
"SharePoint911 was founded on the principle that the complexities of SharePoint should not limit the solution’s success within an organization," said Shane Young, SharePoint MVP and founder at SharePoint911. "With the support of Rackspace, we look forward to continuing that mission and spreading our capabilities within Fanatical Support to our current and future customers."
Rackspace entered the managed SharePoint market in 2008 with a service offering that helped companies deal with the complexities of managing SharePoint environments. The immediate value of a reliable and scalable SharePoint infrastructure resulted in rapid growth rates for the offering. As enterprises continue to discover the power of SharePoint’s capabilities, it has become increasingly apparent that they need a trusted advisor to... continued on page two >