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Rackspace acquire MongoDB-as-a-Service provider ObjectRocket

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

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 than building a team of MongoDB experts or buddying up with MongoDB supplier 10gen, the company have chosen to snap up the one-year old firm.

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 fit”.

"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 Biddulph

Chris Mayer

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