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5 Things You Need To Know About Rackspace's Onica Acquisition

Rackspace is looking to supercharge its AWS professional services practice with an agreement to buy AWS partner Onica.

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It's easy to forget these days, but Rackspace shocked the industry in 2015 when it struck a partnership with Microsoft to offer its Fanatical Support around Azure.

A deal with Amazon Web Services followed a few months later, and Rackspace completed the hyper-scale trifecta in March of 2017 when it partnered with Google Cloud.

The acquisitions of Datapipe and now Onica have shot Rackspace to the top of the AWS services ecosystem. But unlike Onica, Rackspace's ambitions go far beyond being a single cloud shop.

Despite its AWS focus, Onica can provide a blueprint for Rackspace to extend a cloud-native professional services practice to Azure and Google.

"We can learn from this and potentially extend that to other hyper-scalers," Matt Stoyka, Rackspace's chief relationships officer, said of the deal.

"If you look at where the market is, it is a multi-cloud and multi-hybrid cloud market, and we believe that is going to continue," Stoyka told CRN.

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