BRISTOL, United Kingdom, March 5 — Cloudant today announced it has worked with Rackspace Hosting to offer locally-hosted solutions in the UK and to provide customers with a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution served from Rackspace's UK data center.
Cloudant joined the Rackspace Cloud Tools program in December 2012, making its NoSQL DBaaS available for Web and mobile applications across The Rackspace Open Cloud, with straightforward developer access and purchasing options from Rackspace's online Cloud Tools Marketplace.
Today's announcement builds on the initial relationship, making Cloudant's DBaaS available to customers and developers wanting to host their data in the UK by making full use of the new Rackspace data center in Slough, Buckinghamshire.
"We will use Rackspace open cloud infrastructure as a base delivery platform to explore further relationships throughout Europe, a region that has a growing need for big data and big mobile database capabilities," said Simon Metson, director of UK engineering at Cloudant.
Customers will be able to choose between database services delivered via Cloudant's multi-tenant infrastructure or via dedicated infrastructure, allowing organizations to satisfy larger-scale performance needs or data compliance requirements that preclude the use of multi-tenant environments. Cloudant's DBaaS will be available via the Cloud Tools Marketplace and through the Cloudant EMEA sales force.
The Cloudant DBaaS is a collection of database clusters that are hosted and scaled across multiple Rackspace data centers worldwide. Developers using The Rackspace Open Cloud can select Cloudant as an application data layer that scales up or down on-demand as needed using a simple management interface.
"Most developers I talk to are not DBAs. They do not want to spend time managing and scaling databases. They would much rather focus on building Web and mobile applications, and Cloudant provides these developers with the world's first globally distributed DBaaS for loading, storing, analyzing, and distributing application data," said Jim Battenberg, cloud and partner evangelist at Rackspace.