Rackspace has announced it is to buy Onica, a US AWS premier consulting partner, as part of its transformation to become a fully fledged MSP.
The legacy datacentre firm says that it wants to add Onica's nine AWS competencies across data and analytics, DevOps, education, healthcare, industrial software, IoT, Microsoft workloads, migration and storage to Rackspace's managed services portfolio.
Rackspace CE Kevin Jones said that its Onica buy will increase its ability to meet the needs of customers who are maturing on AWS, and are seeking services across a range of advanced cloud solutions.
"As a cloud pioneer, Onica has established itself as one of the largest pure-play AWS consultancies," he said.
"Together, we will have the most complete set of professional services and managed service capabilities in the industry."
Founded in 2014, Onica's 350 consultants are based in its Los Angeles headquarters.
Rackspace's move can be seen as part of the company's efforts to move away from its origins as a hosting provider, towards solidifying its presence in the services space, through partnering with the hyperscalers.
The transaction is expected to close towards the end of Q4 2019. Onica's CEO Stephen Garden and its CTO Tolga Tarhan will continue to lead the Onica team, reporting to Sid Nair, general manager of Americas at Rackspace.
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