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Rackspace Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide

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Rackspace Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide

Rackspace® today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.

The Gartner assessment, performed by the firm’s IT industry analysts, evaluates service providers based on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute. It categorizes providers in quadrants labeled Niche Players, Challengers, Visionaries, and Leaders. Rackspace was among the 20 providers assessed by Gartner, and is one of three providers in the Leaders quadrant.

“In our view, being recognized as a Leader in this Magic Quadrant for two years in a row is a testament to the breadth and depth of our portfolio and our expertise in delivering next-generation IT services,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “Businesses within every industry are moving to consume IT in a more-agile and cost-efficient manner, as a service, across multiple public and private cloud platforms and technologies. We are constantly adding new capabilities to help businesses navigate and operate in this complex environment.”

Rackspace serves more than 140,000 customers worldwide, including a majority of the Fortune 100, and maintains data centers on five continents. The company helps customers through every phase of their digital transformation including planning, implementation, ongoing operations management, and optimization, across applications, data, security, and infrastructure.

“We are pleased to be recognized by our customers and Gartner. We feel it defines us as one of the pre-eminent leaders in offering managed services for all of the world’s leading public cloud platforms,” said Prashanth Chandrasekar, vice president and general manager, Managed Public Clouds at Rackspace. “Rackspace offers our customers a truly differentiated, next-generation services experience that uses a broad end-to-end approach to help accelerate digital transformation. Leveraging our expertise across the world’s leading hyperscale public clouds, we help customers choose the right public cloud for their specific technical and business needs based on a data-driven framework. We enable customers to migrate applications in a rapid fashion to the public cloud and then ensure the highest levels of ongoing performance at the lowest total cost, using our cost and architecture optimization tooling. We will continue to invest in our multi-cloud technology and specialist talent to drive significant value for our customers.”

Rackspace now has one of the largest workforces of cloud experts in the world. The company began offering managed cloud services for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft® Azure® in 2015. Two years later, it expanded its portfolio to include managed support for Google® Cloud Platform (GCP) and the Alibaba Cloud. Rackspace provides distinct offerings and varying service levels for AWS, Azure, GCP and Alibaba, delivering 24x7x365 access to certified experts, tooling and automation, migration services, architectural guidance, deployment, advanced monitoring, proactive optimization and remediation. Rackspace serves more than 1,100 customers across its managed public cloud portfolio.

In 2017, Rackspace expanded its offering for AWS to include Fanatical Support® for AWS Professional Services. It also announced an enhanced, strategic channel relationship with AWS to streamline the experience for customers moving to AWS by providing solution and migration advisory services, migration service delivery and advanced migration tooling. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, the highest tier within the AWS Partner Network, Rackspace has also earned a range of AWS Competencies including Migration, Storage, Microsoft Workloads, Oracle, DevOps, and Marketing and Commerce.

Rackspace also expanded its Azure capabilities in July 2017 to include more robust support for hybrid Microsoft cloud deployments with the launch of Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure Stack. This offering provides a consistent and agile experience across Azure and Azure Stack, including portal, API, and service architecture.

In addition, Rackspace became the first managed services partner for GCP in 2017 and was chosen as Google’s exclusive managed services partner to provide Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) support. The CRE support offering will deliver greater value to customers by allowing Rackspace engineers to work on everything from inspecting and helping optimize customer code and design, to implementation and operational procedures.

Rackspace’s multi-cloud approach allows it to deliver greater value to customers by managing multiple IT platforms and technologies. In addition to its managed cloud offerings for the leading public clouds, Rackspace’s broad portfolio of managed, next-generation IT solutions includes other infrastructure solutions across managed colocation, managed hosting and private clouds – along with services for applications, data, and security. These services include database administration for most relational and non-relational databases, technical and functional support for packaged applications like SAP, Oracle, Sitecore and others, along with Rackspace Managed Security for advanced cloud security and compliance requirements.

For more information on Rackspace’s position as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide, please view a complimentary copy of the full report here.

Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide”, Craig Lowery, Mark D. Ray, et al., 29 March 2018.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England

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LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.

Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.

The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.

Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.

Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.

Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.

“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)

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UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.

Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.

“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.

“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”

Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.

He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.

“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.

Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.

“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of State’s (Dowden’s) assertion that the government’s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.

It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.

The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.

Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)

 

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Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit

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By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.

“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.

Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.

Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.

The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.

“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.

Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.

The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.

It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.

“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.

“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”

SCALING UP

Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.

“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.

A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.

“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.

The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).

“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.

($1 = 0.7064 pounds)

(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)

 

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