Rackspace has officially made its ObjectRocket database as a service (DBaaS) available to UK customers, delivering a NoSQL cloud database capability for organisations developing applications that involve big data.
The ObjectRocket service is based on technology from ObjectRocket, a company which Rackspace acquired last year. At the time Rackspace expected to roll out the application to be delivered as a service across its global chain of data centres before the end of the year.
ObjectRocket is a fully managed database service built on MongoDB technology, with the ability to scale up by "sharding" across multiple servers.
Rackspace said it is broadening its portfolio to offer European customers a NoSQL database service for big data applications, with availability now from its UK data centre. This will be served up from hardware optimised specifically for MongoDB.
"Bringing this technology to our local European customer base is integral to expanding the total service offering available from our UK data centre. We can now provide MongoDB with low latency, high-bandwidth proximity to our other cloud and hosting solutions," said Rackspace's vice president of technology Nigel Beighton.
Rackspace is promoting ObjectRocket as the equivalent of a utility service, like electricity, describing it as "a power socket for applications; users just plug it into ObjectRocket and Rackspace manages all the scaling, sharding and performance of the database itself, freeing developer time to focus 100 percent on the application itself."
Customers will be able to choose from a range of transparent pricing plans for ObjectRocket, based upon individual data storage requirements, Rackspace said. Details are available on the firm's website and customers can also try out the service free for one month when they sign up online.
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