Rackspace Hosting buys Exceptional Cloud Services

Infotech Lead Asia: Rackspace Hosting has acquired Exceptional Cloud Services.

Rackspace did not disclose the financial details.

The strategic acquisition will enable the cloud provider to enhance its toolset for developers deploying and managing applications in the open cloud.

In addition, the deal will assist Rackspace to expand its portfolio of developer solutions to include error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities.

As part of the agreement, Rackspace will acquire products such as Exceptional.io, Airbrake.io and Redis To Go.

These solutions from Exceptional Cloud Services are currently used by more than 50,000 application developers.

According to Forrester Research, 46 percent of enterprises are prioritizing investments in private clouds in 2013. While slightly more than half plan to build a private cloud in their own datacenter, more than 25 percent said they prefer to rent one.

Pat Matthews, senior vice president of corporate development at Rackspace, said: “Rackspace is improving the key technologies used by developers in the open cloud. Our focus on the developer community is deeper than ever before and we are carefully adding strategic technologies to our open hybrid cloud portfolio, while keeping the needs of application developers in mind.”

Through the acquisition, Rackspace is gaining technology that will provide startups and cloud developers with the tools that help them deliver more customer experiences.

In February 2013, Rackspace announced its decision to acquire ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) provider. With ObjectRocket’s open source-based MongoDB solution, Rackspace will broaden its OpenStack-based open cloud platform to offer customers a NoSQL DBaaS. The ObjectRocket offering also expands Rackspace’s capability to help customers shoulder big data in the cloud for today’s most demanding applications.

The acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services will also help advance Rackspace’s recent push into the MongoDB market, as the company plans to integrate its newly acquired Redis To Go solution with the MongoDB database as a service from ObjectRocket.

At present, startups such as StickerMule, HowAboutWe and larger customers such as Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk rely on these technologies to enhance their development, troubleshooting and Big Data applications.

Jonathan Siegel, CEO of Exceptional Cloud Services and co-founder of RightScale, RightCart and RightSignature, will join Rackspace and bring with him a wealth of developer tooling experience.

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