Goodbye Mailtrust, Hello Rackspace

From Z. Kelly Queijo:

Pat Matthews, co-founder of Mailtrust, now General Manager of Rackspace Hosting In a Twitter message posted at approximately 1:00 AM, EST, 5/20/09, Pat Matthews, founder of -  which, following acquisition by Texas-based Rackspace Hosting in 2007, became Mailtrust, a division of Rackspace - officially announced his division's adoption of the Rackspace name, now known as the Email & Apps division of Rackspace Hosting. Pat Matthews acquires the mantle of General Manager for the division.

In a letter to customers posted on the company's web site, Pat Matthews writes, “You haven't lost Mailtrust. You've gained Rackspace.” Along with the announcement comes the release of Rackspace Email 7.0 and new, reduced pricing for Rackspace Email customers, $1 per mailbox, per month.

According to Cameron Nouri, evangelist for Rackspace Email & Apps division, “With 7.0, you get all the features that Microsoft Exchange offers for a fraction of the cost. The value for a hosted solution is really coming into play. Based on headcount, we can tell your company how much they are going to spend on email per month."

Headcount isn't the only number Rackspace tracks. In April 2009 alone, the company served 2 billion emails for a customer base that includes 15,000 direct customers, with 200,000 email domains, and over 1 million paid mailboxes representing every continent in the world.

Known as “Rackers,” the 2500 employees of Rackspace can be found at one of the company's nine locations worldwide: In Texas: San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas; in Virginia: Chantilly and Blacksburg; in  Atlanta, Georgia, and in London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The Email & Apps division employs 200 Rackers, half of which are located in the San Antonio office and the other half at the Blacksburg location. The Rackspace Email and Apps division is on Twitter @RackApps.


A note from Handshake 2.0

Since Pat Matthews led Blacksburg, Virginia-based to a #217 ranking on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America in 2007, in a time of unsettling corporate change, we are very excited to learn that the latest news from the company is still one of greeting, not farewell.  Welcome to Blacksburg, Rackspace.

Added 5/20/09, 1:30 PM EST:  Here's a link to a press release on Rackspace Email 7.0.

Added 6/2/09, 7:55 PM EST:  From the blog of Pat Matthews on 5/22/09:  Our Rebrand to Rackspace and Our History of Company Names.


Z. Kelly Queijo writes about business and technology, people and their passions.  She is a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.

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