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Rackspace Acquisition of Cloudkick to Launch Server Tools in Cloud

Cloudkick Enables Automation around Deployment and Scaling Making Cloud Computing More Powerful with Less Expense

“We built Cloudkick to make the lives of system administrators easier,” said Alex Polvi, founder of Cloudkick. “With the support of Rackspace we look forward to fulfilling our vision, while getting our tools directly into the hands of customers as they adopt cloud computing.”

Rackspace Hosting, a hosting and cloud computing company, on Thursday announced its acquisition of Cloudkick, the creator web applications for easy and efficient cloud-server management. Cloudkick offers what amounts to a cockpit for navigating complex cloud environments, with all the information and controls in one elegant, convenient panel to help developers and system administrators deploy and manage their cloud environments.

“Until now, the cloud has been about automating hardware and making it more agile and efficient,” says Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer of Rackspace. “But as cloud computing has made it easier to launch servers, companies launch a lot more of them, and use many of them inefficiently — and even lose track of some. Cloudkick brings order to that chaos and sprawl. It takes cloud computing to a new level: into automation of the work of system administrators. In addition to providing robust cloud health information, Cloudkick enables automation around deployment and scaling. It makes cloud computing more powerful, with less expense.”

A two-year-old startup initially funded by Y Combinator and based in San Francisco and has seen more than 1 million servers pass through its tools. Cloudkick helps its customers manage and monitor their servers across multiple providers from a single dashboard. That dashboard lets customers manage a hybrid infrastructure, across both multi-tenant virtualized servers and dedicated hardware.

After pioneering managed hosting a decade ago, Rackspace has in recent years extended to cloud computing and hybrid hosting. Recently, it defined a new category of hosting, managed cloud, which offers a new level of Fanatical Support to business users of cloud computing. Rackspace expects its acquisition of Cloudkick to enable it to deliver even better support through management tools that will be available directly to customers and also to the Rackers who serve them. Rackspace will also broaden its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, making Cloudkick’s headquarters the latest outpost for delivering Fanatical Support and innovation in cloud computing.

“Bringing Cloudkick into the Rackspace fold, and integrating its expertise into our own, is a bold step toward ensuring Rackspace’s position as the leading global cloud provider for years to come,” says Rackspace strategy chief Moorman. “As we continue to deliver Fanatical Support in all that we do, Rackspace now has expanded its team and offerings to make managing IT infrastructure more seamless across various platforms.”

In the two years since its launch, Cloudkick has grown rapidly and is working with well-known companies such as Mozilla and National Instruments. Cloudkick has been an active member of the OpenStack™ community, an open-source cloud project founded by Rackspace, and will continue to serve as an excellent option to monitor and manage OpenStack clouds.

“Y Combinator has funded a lot of startups, but it was clear from early on that Cloudkick was going to be one of the big winners. They're a layer of the cloud computing infrastructure that practically everyone needs," said Paul Graham, partner of Y Combinator. "Rackspace plus Cloudkick should be a good match, thanks to Cloudkick's service focus and dedication to the open-source community, and Rackspace's market reach."

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