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Optimizing Your Microsoft® Investments Through Managed Services

Optimizing Your Microsoft® Investments Through Managed Services

It's no longer enough just to deploy and manage your Microsoft applications; true ROI now comes from leveraging all the benefits these powerful applications have to offer and optimizing them within your unique environment. The trouble is that most businesses don't have the in-house expertise required to get the most out of Microsoft applications, especially when it comes to leveraging cloud stack technology such as Azure® and Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Solutions like Azure and components that run on Microsoft Cloud Platform (Hyper-V® Server®, System Center and Windows Azure Pack) offer new levels of scalability, resilience and flexibility that can help organizations solve some of the overwhelming challenges of the modern business landscape. However, designing, deploying and managing cloud environments is extremely complex. Those who try the DIY approach often get bogged down with interoperability issues, as well as the time drain of monitoring and day-to-day management of these technologies, instead of focusing on IT initiatives that drive business growth. Few IT departments have the spare time required to develop this specialized expertise with their existing staff, and even fewer have the budget to hire a team of in-house experts. As a result, they either miss out completely on what Microsoft's advanced and specialized cloud innovations can do for the business, or they live with versions of virtual and cloud environments that are not optimized.

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Engaging a solution partner with deep expertise in these applications can help you access the full extent of Microsoft's innovation. Managed services can help you optimize and integrate Microsoft technology for consistent interoperability, specialized capabilities and full access to flexible, powerful Microsoft cloud innovation. A managed services company with deep expertise in Microsoft technologies will be able to help you architect, optimize, customize and manage the Microsoft Cloud solution that is right for your business. By turning these complex tasks over to a managed services partner like Rackspace®, for example, your in-house staff is free from the time drain of managing technology and can focus on more valuable tasks that move the business forward.

Rackspace is a five-time Microsoft Partner of the Year, a Microsoft Cloud OS Network Gold Partner, and a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting. Rackspace is the No. 1 hosting provider for SharePoint® outside of Microsoft, with 85% of all hosted SharePoint licenses, and runs over half a million seats of Microsoft Exchange. With a deep portfolio of managed services and hundreds of Microsoft experts who hold over 270 Microsoft certifications, Rackspace can handle all the planning and heavy lifting to get you into an optimized and sustainable platform—including a virtualized environment with Hyper-V Server, a private cloud running on Microsoft Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure with Fanatical Support®, and a hybrid cloud that delivers the agility and efficiency of a public cloud, combined with the enhanced security, control, and performance of a dedicated environment.


Microsoft technologies such as Azure and Microsoft Cloud Platform, and the applications that run on them, have powerful features that can transform a business. However, accessing the full functionality of these solutions can be impossible without expert guidance. Monitoring and managing these environments can also be a significant time drain without the appropriate in-house capabilities. With a managed services partner like Rackspace, you can confidently and efficiently run production workloads backed by 24/7/365 Fanatical Support, industry-leading SLAs, proactive monitoring, patching and the deep technical expertise required to harness the power of these technologies and maximize your Microsoft investment. Leverage the expertise of a service provider with over 15 years of managed hosting experience, so your in-house IT staff can focus on the business.

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