San Antonio, Texas – (The Hosting News) – November 19, 2008 – Managed web hosting and IT services firm, Rackspace Managed Hosting’s cloud division, Mosso, has been chosen to power non-profit SaaS provider delivering enterprise-class software solutions, Pangea Foundation.
Pangea will leverage the Cloud Sites to provide hosted services to a growing number of its 1,500 non-profit customers. Pangea has been a Rackspace managed hosting customer since early 2007, and also utilizes hosted Exchange mailboxes from Mailtrust, Rackspace’s email hosting division and most recently came to Mosso for assistance in providing online natural disaster support.
Kraig Kuipers, President and CEO, Pangea Foundation noted, ”In addition to using Rackspace’s managed hosting offering to run our mission-critical software applications, we now rely on Cloud Sites during natural disasters to get our 211 sites up fast and to meet the demand that can be caused by unpredictable traffic spikes. Rackspace has indeed created a hosting portfolio to meet all our IT needs with a suite of solutions that provide scalability and reliability at a lower cost.”
After creating the disaster relief software solutions used by 211 San Diego during the 2007 San Diego fires and by 211 Iowa during the 2008 Midwest floods, Pangea quickly realized that cloud computing technologies are the ideal solution for fast-moving conditions associated with natural disasters which require quick set up and the ability to handle huge traffic spikes. As a result, Pangea turned to Rackspace’s cloud hosting solution, Cloud Sites, to instantly deploy software that provided much-needed information to the many victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike along the Gulf Coast in August of this year. The solution was simple, easy to set up and affordable, using a cost-effective, pay-as-you-grow pricing model which provided Pangea cost savings when site traffic was low.
Kristin Kuipers, Founder and Director of Programs at Pangea Foundation added, ”When we calculated the time saved by working with Rackspaceâ€™s suite of hosting solution offerings, we discovered that we had achieved a 50 percent reduction in total cost of ownership compared to our previous hosting environment. The Cloud Hosting solution from Rackspace has proven to be a key contributor to our success, enabling us to deliver instantly scalable enterprise-class software and IT infrastructure solutions to non-profit organizations.”
Working with leading technology providers such as Rackspace, Qualcomm and Microsoft, Pangea will soon launch ReliefPoint, a web-based software solution that will be offered to disaster relief and crisis management organizations nationwide. Their vision is to transform a predominately ad-hoc, paper-based structure into a robust and infinitely scalable hosted solution that ensures these organizations are prepared to deal with the next disaster – before it happens.
Emil Sayegh, General Manager of Mosso, Rackspace’s Cloud Hosting Division remarked, ”’Nothing is more important to our Cloud Hosting Solution than providing the highest level of scalability for our customers’ environments, when they most need them. Pangea’s services have a time critical component to the local communities and the non-profits who serve them. Our systems are designed to scale whenever our customers, like Pangea Foundation, most need it to scale. It was very satisfying to also see our vision for an integrated IT hosting portfolio providing value to Pangea in their pursuit of such a noble cause.”
In 2000, The Federal Communications Commission reserved the 211 telephone number for information and referral to social- and human-services agencies. First launched by United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta in 1997, 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. The implementation of 211 is being spearheaded by United Ways and information and referral agencies in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia. While services offered through 211 vary from community to community, 211 provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for every day needs and in times of crisis.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit ‘Software-as-a-Service’ provider founded in 1996, Pangea Foundation is the leader in delivering Impact Visualization On Demand to nonprofits of all sizes. Backed by world-class teams of IT experts, security specialists, and technology partners, Pangea Foundation equips more than 1,500 impact-driven nonprofits across America with Web-based Software-as-a-Service that lets organizations clearly visualize and effortlessly communicate the impact of their programs. Nonprofits choose Pangea Foundation for its expertise in creating custom software that automatically fuses live program data with sophisticated visual analytics to deliver a real-time snapshot of their impactâ€”anytime they want it. Through full-service implementation, unlimited support, and high availability IT services, Pangea Foundation delivers rapid time-to-value, flattens infrastructure and support costs, and improves nonprofit business continuity, enabling nonprofits to focus on their mission.
Mosso is the home of Cloud Sites, Cloud Files and Cloud Servers, providing enterprise-grade hosting and storage services. Mosso provides an easily managed interface so that developers, designers and IT managers can deploy reliable web applications quickly and easily as well as a high performance cloud-based storage service. Founded by two Rackspace employees, Mosso is built upon a cross platform, clustered-computing architecture.
Rackspace Hosting delivers computing-as-a-service, integrating the industry’s best technologies into a flexible service offering, making computing more reliable and affordable. A trusted partner to companies of all sizes, Rackspace enables IT departments to be more effective. Rackspace is distinguished by its award-winning Fanatical Support. Rackspace is recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best companies to work for in the US, ranking number 32 on the 2008 list. Rackspace’s portfolio of hosted IT services includes managed hosting, email hosting and cloud hosting.
To learn more about the Pangea Foundation, please visit: www.pangeafoundation.org.
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