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Rackspace Buys More Cloud Developers’ Tools

The deal will bring it error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service solutions

Rackspace has acquired Exceptional Cloud Services in what it calls a strategic move to add to its toolset for developers deploying and managing applications in the open cloud.

The deal will bring it error tracking and Redis-as-a-Service solutions that are currently used by more than 50,000 apps developers.

Acquisition terms were not disclosed.

Rackspace said it's getting "technology and expertise that will provide start-ups and cloud developers with the tools that help them deliver more reliable customer experiences and to bring the next generation of cloud-based apps to market faster."

As part of the agreement, Rackspace gets Exceptional.io, which tracks errors in over 6,000 web applications in real-time so they can be fixed faster.

It's also getting Airbrake.io, which collects errors generated by other applications and aggregates the results for review, and Redis To Go, which makes managing Redis instances easier, whether it's one instance or hundreds. With Redis To Go faster caching and easier in-memory dataset operations are deployed on-demand.

The company said the acquisition will advance its recent push into the MongoDB market, since it plans to integrate the Redis To Go caching functions with the MongoDB database-as-a-Service from ObjectRocket.

By aligning these two solutions, developers should have a choice of open source-based data platforms delivered as reliable, managed services that increase the speed and reduce the complexity of building powerful applications on Rackspace's Open Cloud.

It said start-ups like StickerMule, HowAboutWe and larger customers such as Exec, Groupon, HotelTonight, Oracle, TaskRabbit and Zendesk rely on the Expectional technologies to enhance their development, troubleshooting and Big Data applications.

In support of developers, Rackspace added Mailgun, a programmable e-mail platform in last August, and ObjectRocket, a scalable high-performance MongoDB database as a service (DBaaS) this February.

IDC figures "Rackspace has taken another step towards creating a one-stop shop for the growing community of developers that are looking to build complex applications on the open cloud."

Exceptional CEO Jonathan Siegel, a co-founder of RightScale, RightCart and RightSignature, will join Rackspace and bring his know-how to the company.

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