February 5th, 2013 – Rackspace® Hosting, the open cloud company, announced the appointment of cloud computing evangelist and IT industry veteran Alan Perkins to its Asia Pacific leadership team.
As firms from small to medium sized businesses right up to larger scale enterprises now increase their adoption of cloud computing, companies in every Australian industry vertical are aligning to Rackspace’s open cloud standards model which ensures maximum flexibility and performance while avoiding single vendor lock in.
Bringing the message of the open cloud innovation to the Australian business community will be central to the role now taken up by Perkins as Rackspace’s Sydney-based Director of Technology and Product for Asia Pacific.
“This is an important time for the development of open cloud technology as Australian firms align to truly flexible computing models that will ensure they can perform with maximum agility in both the short and long term. With the launch of an Australian datacentre and the company’s rapid growth in the region, it’s a great time to be coming on board,” Perkins said.
Prior to his accepting the position at Rackspace, Perkins spent more than 10 years at software developer Altium in key leadership and specialist consulting roles, including seven years as the CIO. During his tenure at Altium, Perkins played a pivotal role preparing and implementing strategies to move the entire business systems to the cloud and was directly responsible for driving company-wide efficiencies and innovations.
Perkins was named by The Australian as one of the Top 20 people to watch in technology 2012, and in 2009, was a finalist for the IDC Asia Pacific CIO of the Year Award. In the same year he won an Enterprise Innovation Award for Cloud innovation from IDC.
Rackspace Australian and New Zealand Country Manager Mark Randall said he was thrilled to welcome a leader of Alan’s pedigree and ability to the Rackspace family.
“Alan is widely regarded as a visionary. He comes with a huge reputation as a cloud pioneer, with over 20 years experience in systems analysis and design. At a time when cloud and hosting decisions are becoming increasingly important to business, it gives us tremendous confidence to know that we’ve got someone of Alan’s diverse experience, leadership skills, and deep knowledge of technology on board.”