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Shaadi.com Hosts Over 30 Million Users With Rackspace

BANGALORE, INDIA--(Marketwired - August 21, 2014) - Rackspace®, (NYSE: RAX), the #1 Managed Cloud company, today announced that Shaadi.com, the world's largest matrimonial website, is using Rackspace dedicated hosting. Based in India, Shaadi.com manages over 200 million page views per month and over 10,000 registrations daily.

Beginning with one Rackspace server in 1998, Shaadi.com has grown exponentially since its initial deployment. Sixteen years ago, Shaadi.com saw an opportunity to build the world's largest online matrimonial site and create an online experience that would match and heighten the traditional dating experience in India.

Today, 30 million people use Shaadi.com, 3.2 million members have found their matches through the site and the company has built over 100 matchmaking centres across 87 cities in India.

"When starting out as an online startup, it was critical that we found a technology partner that allowed us to keep IT costs to a minimum, while also providing the right IT infrastructure to meet our growing needs," said Anand Mittal, COO & director, Shaadi.com. "We needed to find a partner that could help us build a premium online experience for our customers -- one that could accommodate millions of customers and scale as demand grew."

To meet this challenge, Shaadi.com turned to Rackspace for its high-performance dedicated servers, which provide the processing speed required to help meet daily business needs. With Shaadi.com running millions of daily, complex personalized searches serving millions of users on the site, it needed industry-leading, expertise and superb performance to manage this heavy compute burden, which takes up vast amounts of power.

With Rackspace's powerful cloud services systems in place, Shaadi.com only uses 30 servers to run complex searches and successfully match users. This has resulted in significant cost savings for the company. 

"Since day one, Rackspace dedicated hosting and cloud computing services have been a critical component to the growth and success of our business," said Mittal. "Any downtime of our website is detrimental to our business, as it impacts our brand image and damages customer loyalty. To be successful and gain the trust of our customers, we consistently need to deliver a seamless experience and make sure they are happy. Rackspace enables us to do that."

While reliability and scalability initially attracted Shaadi.com to Rackspace, Fanatical Support® is what made the company a satisfied customer for almost two decades.

"Rackspace's real-time and round-the-clock IT expertise and relentless customer support has been critical to the success of our business," added Mittal. "Because of Fanatical Support, we can focus on our core business as opposed to dealing with server and network problems."

 "When businesses in Asia are setting up a hybrid cloud, they look for a provider that can offer 24/7 support backed up by experts, rather than users simply being directed to a self-help web page," said Ajit Melarkode, managing director, Rackspace Asia-Pacific. "We have the passion to make this a reality, which helps Shaadi.com achieve its goal of managing day-to-day traffic, as well as spikes during growth spurts and peak traffic times."

With Rackspace support, the site has been recognized for countless website awards, including; 'Most Innovative Company in India of 2011' by Fast Company, USA, 'The Best Matrimonial Site' by About.com's Reader's Choice and 'Most User Friendly Website' and 'Most Preferred Online Matchmaking Brand' by Juxt Consult.

About Rackspace
Rackspace (NYSE: RAX) is the #1 managed cloud company. Its technical expertise and Fanatical Support® allow companies to tap the power of the cloud without the pain of hiring experts in dozens of complex technologies. Rackspace is also the leader in hybrid cloud, giving each customer the best fit for its unique needs -- whether on single- or multi-tenant servers, or a combination of those platforms. Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Based in San Antonio, Rackspace serves more than 200,000 business customers from data centers on four continents. It ranks #29 on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. www.rackspace.com.hk

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