In a move that should help further expand Rackspace's (RAX) appeal to next-generation app developers for the cloud, the company has integrated Redis, the open source in-memory key-value data server, into ObjectRocket, the DBaaS platform Rackspace acquired in 2013.
The integration means ObjectRocket will offer round-the-clock, fully managed support for Redis, as well as turnkey provisioning and administration and orchestration tools. In addition, Rackspace is touting the high-availability, high-bandwidth and high-performance features of the new offering, which it assures through back-up nodes, multiple networks and containerized virtualization, according to the company.
The addition of Redis support expands ObjectRocket's purview considerably. Previously, the platform focused on supporting MongoDB, the open source, NoSQL database. By including Redis service as well, ObjectRocket will now offer another type of important data storage technology for the cloud and make it easier for enterprises to build high-performance cloud applications by taking advantage of Redis's in-memory data management features—all while sticking to open source standards.
"Redis in production shouldn't be a do-it-yourself proposition," said Chris Lalonde, senior director of Product at ObjectRocket by Rackspace. "With ObjectRocket for Redis, we are giving developers the same pain relief we’ve provided with ObjectRocket for MongoDB. We monitor, manage and support the database so developers can focus on building their applications."
ObjectRocket for Redis is currently available only in the Rackspace U.S.-East data center. The company plans to expand availability to all data centers in the United States and London by next month.