Why Rackspace Will Support MongoDB

This morning, we announced the acquisition of ObjectRocket.

What is ObjectRocket? It’s a MongoDB database as a service that is highly available, automatically sharded and lightning fast – 10 times faster than its leading competitors, according to our internal benchmarking tests.

Adding ObjectRocket to the Rackspace family deepens our open cloud mission and helps us broaden our product portfolio to give our customers what they’ve been asking for: a NoSQL database in the cloud that makes application development easier.

We’re excited about acquiring ObjectRocket and building an offer around MongoDB. Here’s why:

1. MongoDB is another open ingredient for the Rackspace Cloud

There is no question that open source technologies drive greater innovation. The world relies on open technologies to build the next generation of applications, and MongoDB is a key tool in that toolkit. MongoDB and other open technologies are making a huge difference in the market and are critical components of our open cloud strategy. These open technologies will play a major role in our support of building open, next generation data stores versus building proprietary ones.

Much like we did with OpenStack, we will build features that are relevant to our customers and push them out to the community. We want the MongoDB community to grow, and our success will be measured by how we help foster that growth.

2. MongoDB represents the perfect opportunity for Fanatical Support

MongoDB is easy to get started, but complex to manage and scale. When I started at Rackspace 12 years ago, the LAMP stack was hard. Today, the cloud is hard – and databases in the cloud are even harder. Databases are the core of any application and that makes our expertise and Fanatical Support even more critical.

Now more than ever, Fanatical Support is about combining technology and human capital to deliver a world-class customer outcome. ObjectRocket is built on those same principles. ObjectRocket makes it easy to deploy and manage instances, and offers every customer 24x7x365 support. Sound familiar?

The experience of the team is also critical. Chris, Erik and Kenny have deployed giant databases for web-scale companies like PayPal and eBay. Combined, they have more than 50 years of experience. Our customers can expect us to deliver deep expertise in MongoDB.

3. MongoDB is the de facto choice for NoSQL applications

Our customers want MongoDB. It is the No. 1 requested previously unsupported database. MongoDB is seeing widespread adoption by developers because it is super easy get started and to use, and it boosts productivity. Further, MongoDB has removed the schema barrier, which allows developers to focus on building applications, not databases. It also has widespread support for every language we see being relevant to the future of the web – C, C++, C#, JavaScript, Node.js, Objective-C and Scala, just to name a few. These reasons drive MongoDB adoption today and have pushed MongoDB to quickly become the database of choice for non-relational applications. MongoDB is here to stay.

We’re thrilled to welcome ObjectRocket to the Rackspace family.

ObjectRocket’s MongoDB will be available in our Chicago data center in early March and will soon be integrated deeply into our entire open cloud portfolio. Click here to learn more: http://www.rackspace.com/blog/objectrocket-acquisition-faq/.

Lew Moorman is a senior consultant to the top executives of Rackspace, focusing on strategy and product issues. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors. Lew joined Rackspace in April of 2000 and has served in a variety of roles, including as President and Chief Strategy Officer, while the company grew to $1.3 billion in annual sales. Before joining Rackspace, he worked for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients on strategic issues. A native of San Antonio, Lew received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.



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