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Rackspace extends developer toolset with Exceptional Cloud Services buy

Caroline Ng | April 5, 2013
Rackspace has bought Exceptional Cloud Services, an error tracking company, to match Redis-as-a-Service with MongoDB, a newly acquired application through ObjectRocket buy last month.

Open cloud company, Rackspace has acquired Exceptional Cloud Services (ECS), a startup that develops solutions for Redis for an undisclosed sum in a bid to become a one stop shop for its cloud services.

Redis is a popular open source in-memory key-value datastore that is designed to support Big Data while MongoDB is an open source document centre. Alan Perkins, director of Technology and Product of Rackspace Asia Pacific, said Redis complements MongoDB as they are part of the four classes of NoSQL databases.

The strategic move will strengthen its applications platform for developers in an open cloud as Rackspace is able to add error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities to its portfolio. ECS's error tracking has been deployed globally while Redis-as-a-Service was first rolled out in the US and will subsequently be expanded internationally over the course of 2013.

The timely acquisition of aligning Redis and MongoDB came after Rackspace acquired ObjectRocket last month, a company that provides MongoDB database-as-a-service.

This deal will see Rackspace taking on three of ECS products; its error tracking applications and and its Redis management tool, Redis To Go.

Currently, more than 50,000 application developers ranging from startups like StickerMule and HowAboutWe, to established giants like Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk use these solutions from ECS.

Rackspace first launched its open cloud platform in 2012 to meet rising developer demand for more extensive and sophisticated toolset needed to build complex applications on the open cloud.

Besides acquiring ECS intellectual property, Rackspace will be adding Johnathan Siegel, chief executive of ECS, to its talent pool.


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