Rackspace Hosting , the open cloud company, today announced the acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services and its suite of developer solutions, including error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service capabilities. The news comes a few days after Rackspace announced major new features in its free and open source Rackspace Private Cloud Software, powered by OpenStack and supported by its own Fanatical Support services.
Exceptional Cloud Services offers a deep portfolio of developer-focused tools, including:
- Exceptional.io – Exceptional tracks errors in over 6,000 web applications. The service reports errors in real-time and gathers the information developers need to fix them fast.
- Airbrake.io – Airbrake collects errors generated by other applications and aggregates the results for review.
- Redis To Go – Redis To Go makes managing Redis instances easier, whether it’s one instance or hundreds. Faster caching and easier in-memory dataset operations deployed on demand.
- Ranger.io – Ranger is a cloud monitoring service designed to provide quick setup and system level availability information.
- Radish – Radish is an early access dashboard for Redis performance reporting.
– Kevin Minnick, Vice President, Product Management for Cloud, Rackspace.
The offerings are used by more than 50,000 app developers ranging from startups like StickerMule and HowAboutWe, to giants like Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk, to enhance their development, troubleshooting and Big Data applications. This acquisition of Exceptional Cloud Services will help advance Rackspace’s recent push into the MongoDB market, as the company supposedly plans to integrate Redis To Go solution with the MongoDB database as a service from ObjectRocket to provide developers with a choice of open source-based data platforms delivered as reliable, managed services that increase the speed and reduce the complexity of building powerful applications on the Rackspace Open Cloud.
“The ObjectRocket team had a Redis service on their roadmap, and this will allow them to speed up their delivery there. It will also allow customers that want to use both Redis and Mongo together to consume both of those as a service instead of having to launch a VM and install Redis manually, which is maybe what they would have done before.”- asid Bret Piatt, Director of corporate strategy and development, Rackspace.
Jonathan Siegel, CEO of Exceptional Cloud Services and co-founder of RightScale, RightCart and RightSignature, will now join Rackspace and bring with him a wealth of developer tooling experience. “We’re delighted to join the Rackspace family. Rackspace’s reputation for service is unmatched and truly unique in the marketplace. Combined with their leadership in the open-sourced cloud, they have created an amazing environment for innovation and growth,” said Siegel. “Rackspace and Exceptional have a mutual interest in delivering best in class tools and services for developers. Aligning efforts make sense. Integrating the expertise, tools and IP that Exceptional brings to the table into the Rackspace Open Cloud will create new and compelling experiences for developers.”
“I want to welcome Jonathan and his team to Rackspace and I look forward to working together to help developers build great things on the open cloud.”- said Kevin Minnick, Vice President, Product Management for Cloud, Rackspace.
Exceptional will continue to offer the same service for their customers and customers will not have to use other Rackspace products in order to use the Exceptional services. All sales for Exceptional will continue to be supported by the Exceptional team, but the company is working hard on a joint sales strategy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.