Rackspace acquires Cloudkick for hybrid cloud management
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 17-Dec-2010
Managed hosting company Rackspace Hosting last Friday announced to acquire Cloudkick for efficient cloud-server management.
Founded in January 2009, Cloudkick develops Web applications for efficient cloud-server management. It enables cloud developers and system administrators to navigate, deploy and manage their servers across multiple providers in a hybrid environment using a single dashboard.
Bringing order to server sprawl
"Until now, the cloud has been about automating hardware and making it more agile and efficient," said 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 [… making] cloud computing more powerful, with less expense."
Rackspace expects its acquisition of Cloudkick to 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.
"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."
Cloudkick has been an active member of the OpenStack community, an open-source cloud project founded by Rackspace and NASA.