Database as a service provider Cloudant announced on Tuesday it has partnered with cloud hosting provider Rackspace Hosting to offer locally-hosted solutions in the UK and to provide customers with a DBaaS solution served from Rackspace’s UK data center.
The partnership comes a few weeks after Samsung Ventures has made a strategic investment to advance research and development to drive global data distribution technologies and mobile application data management.
The local availability will provide customers with a simple, cost-effective way of managing a database on-site, while meeting their compliance and business continuity requirements.
In December, Cloudant joined the Rackspace Cloud Tools program to provide its NoSQL DBaaS for Web and mobile applications across The Rackspace Open Cloud with straightforward developer access and purchasing options from Rackspace’s online Cloud Tools Marketplace.
This latest move expands this initial relationship, making Cloudant’s DBaaS available to customers and developers that want to host some or all of their data locally in the UK by making full use of the new Rackspace data center in Slough, Buckinghamshire.
“Expanding our relationship with Rackspace represents an important part of the growth strategy for Cloudant as we underpin our strategic expansion into the UK,” said Simon Metson, director of UK engineering at Cloudant. “We will use Rackspace open cloud infrastructure as a base delivery platform to explore further relationships throughout Europe, a region that has a growing need for big data and big mobile database capabilities.”
Customers will now have the option between database services delivered via Cloudant’s multi-tenant infrastructure or via dedicated infrastructure.
This flexibility will give organizations a chance to meet larger-scale performance needs or data compliance requirements that preclude the use of multi-tenant environments.
Cloudant will offer DBaaS via the Cloud Tools Marketplace and through the Cloudant EMEA sales force.
The Cloudant DBaaS is a group of database clusters that are hosted and scaled across multiple Rackspace data centers around the globe.
Cloudant uses a CouchDB-compatible, RESTful JSON API, an incremental MapReduce engine, and built-in full-text search based on Apache Lucene to deliver low-latency, highly-available data layer performance and pushes dynamic data distribution closer to the network edge.
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