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By Marco Limena, vice president of Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft Corp

Today, I am proud to share an exciting announcement about one of our longtime partners. Rackspace announced today that it now supports the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, and Azure Pack, in all of its U.S. data centers and that they are the latest addition to our Cloud OS Network.

Just last month, I wrote about the tremendous growth the Cloud OS Network has experienced since its launch late last year, with the number of partners increasing 4X during that time. In adding such a prominent managed cloud provider to the fold, today’s announcement is further evidence of the momentum behind the Cloud OS Network.

As demand for cloud solutions continues to grow at a blistering pace, it is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. That’s why we work closely with our hosting partners, like Rackspace, to deliver flexible solutions that combine Microsoft technologies with their expertise and services, allowing customers to choose their own roadmaps that best fit their business needs.

In his blog post about the announcement, Jeff DeVerter of Rackspace does a great job of articulating just how powerful such a partnership can be:

“I feel like the first 15 years of Rackspace was getting us ready for this moment. It’s in this moment that we take the individual data center and Microsoft competencies we have established and combine them into a singular cloud product and a service.” 

Rackspace is a longtime Microsoft partner, and I’m excited about the opportunities we’ll have to work more closely together in the coming years.