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Rackspace acquire MongoDB-as-a-Service provider ObjectRocket

Chris Mayer

Looking to scale up their NoSQL support, the infrastructure giant come to undisclosed agreement for “industrial strength” MongoDB startup.

Cloud hosting specialist
Rackspace have announced the acquisition of MongoDB-as-a-Service
as they look to bolster NoSQL support in their OpenStack-based

The infrastructure provider say they
believe the time is right to support a NoSQL datastore
alongside the standardised MySQL. After weighing up the
document-oriented database against its competitors,

Rackspace picked MongoDB – but rather
building a team of MongoDB experts
or buddying up with MongoDB supplier 10gen, the company have
chosen to
snap up the one-year old

Speaking to ZDNet
, Rackspace VP Paul
Matthews said the company was “excited to get into the MongoDB
market,” and that it was time to grow the product with Rackspace
firmly behind it.

“In terms of how it fits with our overall mission, it fits
very well. MongoDB is open source, and we build our company on
that. With Mongo, it’s so easy to get going with it — but once you
hit real scale on it, and companies are using it in production,
it’s hard to scale. It’s challenging technology.”

The three men behind ObjectRocket have spent 12 months tuning
the database’s architecture so it is battle-hardened to deal with
the challenges of the cloud – namely scalability, availability and
performance. Co-founder Chris Lalonde said the team were “thrilled”
to join Rackspace and that “the union is an ideal

“Since the beginning, our focus has been on creating a DBaaS
platform that would perform, scale and support critical workloads
in a superior manner,” explains Lalonde.

Rackspace’s version of ObjectRocket will be available to
those using its Chicago facility in early March, while ObjectRocket
will still appear as a standalone service.

Whether Rackspace have plans afoot to enhance their NoSQL
presence further remains to be seen. Opting for the NoSQL database
garnering the most attention to begin with was a no brainer. If
they want to be seen as viable challengers to Amazon, it’s a
necessity to bring their customers more.


Image courtesy of Matt

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