Worth Watching: RackSpace Puts Databases in the Cloud
Most managed service providers (MSPs) know Rackspace as a potential hosting partner. But the Rackspace Cloud effort (formerly called Mosso) is worth watching, especially as MSPs evaluate their own SaaS and cloud strategies. The latest Rackspace move involves a partnership with FathomDB. And it could provide an alternative to Microsoft’s emerging Azure cloud. Here’s a look.
Fast forward to the present, and the new Rackspace–FathomDB relationship will deliver MySQL database management as a service. FathtomDB has a similar relationship with the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Why MSPs Should Care
We realize the vast majority of customer applications will remain on-premise for the foreseeable future. But we strongly believe in a hybrid future, where some apps run locally and others run as a SaaS service in someone’s cloud.
But who’s cloud? We’re keeping close tabs on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and RackSpace because they seem to be setting the pace — at least in terms of news announcements. Whenever Amazon announces a feature or relationship, RackSpace seems to match it … then, any number of smaller competitors follow RackSpace’s lead.
Also of note: Generally speaking, cloud applications require an underlying database. And in a growing number of cloud cases that database is MySQL — which Oracle expects to acquire as part of the Sun Microsystems buyout.
It’s only a matter of time before many cloud services — such as Database as a Service — are commodities. When that happens, what’s going to set you apart in the cloud? Size? Support? Security? Subscription fees? Your own brand?