Rackspace acquires German Microsoft Cloud specialist Bright Skies

Bright Skies focuses on Microsoft’s cloud platform and offers consulting, architecture, and development services around data center modernization, cloud managed services, modern work, data, and artificial intelligence.

The company, which has been on the market for about six years, is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner with 14 Microsoft Competencies overall, ranging from Data Platform and Data Analytics to DevOps, Application Development, Cloud Platform, Data Center, Small and Mid-Market Cloud Solutions, and Security.

This means the acquisition adds further Microsoft-specific expertise to Rackspace Technology’s multi-cloud services portfolio, which, at German level, had thus far been dominated by services for AWS und Google Cloud.

The acquisition of the team of 55 cloud-native professional services employees will more than double the number of Rackspace Technology’s employees in Germany. It also adds nearly 500 customers of various sizes and industries (mainly financial services/insurance, media & professional services) to Rackspace Technology’s clientele.

In addition, the company, with headquarters in Hamburg and offices in Cologne, Dresden, and Mannheim, extends Rackspace Technology’s geographic reach in Germany.

The other way around, Bright Skies clients will now profit from Rackspace Technology’s international reach, multi-cloud competencies, and industrialized managed services offering.

At global level, Rackspace Technology has been a leading provider of cloud services and managed services for the major hyperscale clouds. In PAC’s 2019 rankings for hosted private cloud and managed cloud services, Rackspace Technology ranked #5 worldwide, #4 in the USA, and #5 in the UK.


PAC’s View

Rackspace Technology established a presence in Switzerland as far back as 2012. In 2017, the company opened data center (Frankfurt) and office (Munich) locations in Germany. However, in the DACH region, it has so far not been able to reach a similar top position to that in its core markets.

Still, this acquisition further confirms the importance of the German-speaking countries for Rackspace Technology. It follows the establishment of the newly created position of General Manager DACH in February 2020. And Jürgen Stauber, who was appointed to this role, has left no doubt that the strategy is aimed at further growth in the region, based on a positioning as transformation partner that supports its clients with (multi-)cloud-based innovation.

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