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Rackspace enters DBaaS market with ObjectRocket acquisition

Archana Venkatraman

Open cloud company Rackspace has acquired ObjectRocket, a MongoDB database, as a service company. The deal will help Rackspace expand its OpenStack cloud platform to offer NoSQL DBaaS.

The financial details of the acquisition deal were not disclosed.

A research report from analyst firm the 451 Group showed that the NoSQL software revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 82% to reach $215m by 2015.

NoSQL database – also called Not Only SQL – is an approach to data management and database design that overcomes issues around very large sets of distributed data.  It covers a wide range of technologies and architectures, seeks to solve the scalability and big data performance issues that traditional relational databases do not address. 

ObjectRocket’s acquisitions will give Rackspace a presence in this high growth NoSQL database market.

Some of the popular NoSQL databases are Apache Cassandra and MongoDB.

Publicly released in 2009 by developers 10gen, MongoDB (Mongo database) supports asynchronous replication of data between servers for failover and redundancy, and provides free licences across platforms such as Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Free BSD & Solaris. 

Mongo derived its name from the word “humongous” which means extremely large.

While Rackspace will make ObjectRocket services available from March, it will fully integrate the service into its open cloud portfolio only later.

“Databases are the core of any application and expertise in the most popular database technologies will be critical to us delivering support in the open cloud,” said Pat Matthews, senior vice-president of corporate development at Rackspace. 

ObjectRocket’s platform is specifically architected to provide an easy, scalable and highly available MongoDB environment.

10gen will support Rackspace and its customers in its launch of the first non-relational database as a service product, said Max Schireson, chief executive of 10gen.

“Since the beginning, our focus has been on creating a DBaaS platform that would perform, scale and support critical workloads in a superior manner. Joining forces with Rackspace will enable us to achieve this goal, while delivering MongoDB DBaaS solutions on the market,” said Chris Lalonde, co-founder of ObjectRocket.


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