Hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace was one of the original driving forces behind development of OpenStack and today operates one of the world's largest deployments of OpenStack clouds in its data centers. (Photo: Rackspace)

Hosting and cloud service provider Rackspace was one of the original driving forces behind development of OpenStack and today operates one of the world's largest deployments of OpenStack clouds in its data centers. (Photo: Rackspace)

Rackspace’s ObjectRocket Launches Managed Redis Service

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Rackspace-owned ObjectRocket, known for providing managed MongoDB services, is now helping customers manage Redis at scale. The company is providing full automation, support and management of Redis — a service now available out of Rackspace’s northern Virginia data center, with Dallas, Chicago and London locations expected to come online by the end of the month.

Rackspace acquired ObjectRocket in February 2013, establishing itself in the high-growth managed database market. By taking on management of the intricacies of Redis, the company lets developers devote more time to building applications.

Redis is an open source advanced key-value cache and store. It is often referred to as a data structure server and used as an ephemeral data structure, with the dataset and data store ceasing to persist once the computation finishes. This aids in optimizing utilization of resources.

“Redis is becoming even more of a focus for developers,” wrote Sean Anderson, ‎product marketing manager for data services at Rackspace. “Redis is easy to setup, replicate and code to, which makes it an important part of the modern data architecture.”

Users can deploy a fully managed Redis service backed by certified engineers specializing in the open source technology. It speeds up adoption and implementation and comes with with around-the-clock expert support. The service offers high availability with free backups, simplified operations, high performance and high bandwidth.

Users can provision and manage Redis instances and highly available cluster nodes of up to 50 gigabytes through the ObjectRocket control panel and API.

Major companies that use Redis include photo site Flickr, which uses automated Redis master failover for an important subsystem, and social site Pinterest, wich uses it for its following model and interest graph.

Managed MongoDB has been available for two years. NoSQL databases are easy to adopt and free to obtain, but troubleshooting and administering the full environment can be difficult.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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