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July 31, 2017

Rackspace, AWS extend partnership to ease cloud migration woes

AWS looks to Rackspace to help customers migrate data and applications to its cloud.

By James Nunns

Rackspace and Amazon Web Services have entered into an enhanced strategic, channel partnership.

The idea is so that the two companies can work more closely together in order to help customers move more quickly to AWS.

“We have worked closely with Rackspace over the last several years and have been very impressed by their dedication to invest in the capabilities required to become one of the next-generation leaders in the AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner Program,” said Terry Wise, global vice president of channels and alliances, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Rackspace is a solid example of an AWS Partner Network (APN) Partner we’d recommend to customers who are moving to AWS and we are thrilled to align more closely with them to create value for our customers.”

Rackspace partnershipThe partnership is to be made up of three key components: solution and migration advisory services, migration service delivery, and Rackspace advanced migration tooling.

The solution and migration advisory services element will give customers access to AWS-specific technical resources from Rackspace to assist with the migration of their apps and data. Rackspace says that it will be able to assess current workloads, including server types and configurations, and design the systems architecture from the AWS catalog so that it’s the best fit for the workload.

Read more: Rackspace launches Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure Stack

The migration service delivery component lets Rackspace engineers use AWS Professional Services from a shared work space inside of Rackspace. The idea being that Rackspace can more easily migrate or provision new applications on AWS.

The final component is the Rackspace advanced migration tooling. This is said to be offered as a point & click self-service interface within the Rackspace Control Panel. The software in this will help to automate the movement of workloads to AWS.

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“We are excited about the opportunity to work even more closely with AWS to enable companies to take full advantage of AWS services,” said Prashanth Chandrasekar, vice president and general manager of Rackspace Fanatical Support for AWS business.  “As an AWS Managed Services Partner, Rackspace now offers customers a wide range of services including migrations, architecture and cloud automation professional services, in addition to ongoing managed services. We are proud to back all of these capabilities with Rackspace’s industry-leading Fanatical Support.”

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