Web Host Rackspace Acquires Cloud Management Firm Cloudkick

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Web hosting provider Rackspace Hosting (www.rackspace.com) announced on Thursday it has acquired cloud server management firm Cloudkick (www.cloudkick.com). The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Cloudkick offers a dashboard application for navigating complex cloud environments, with all the information and controls to help developers and system administrators deploy and manage their cloud environments.

Based in San Francisco, Cloudkick the two-year-old startup was initially funded by Y Combinator.

It has grown to serve more than 1,500 businesses from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups 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, which lets customers manage a hybrid infrastructure, across both multi-tenant virtualized servers and dedicated hardware.

“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.”

In recent years, Rackspace has extended its cloud computing and hybrid hosting portfolio.

Earlier this week it announced it is now offering a managed cloud, which seamlessly links cloud computing and traditional hosting. The service is now offered with a new level of “fanatical support” to business users of cloud computing.

Rackspace expects its acquisition of Cloudkick to allow it to deliver better support through effective management tools that will be available directly to customers and Rackspace’s technical team.

The acquisition also broadens Rackspace’s presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, making Cloudkick’s headquarters the latest outpost for delivering fanatical support and innovation in cloud computing.

Cloudkick works with companies such as Mozilla and National Instruments. The company has also been an active member of the OpenStack community, an open-source cloud project founded by Rackspace. It will continue to serve as an option to monitor and manage OpenStack clouds.

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