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Rackspace Cloud and FathomDB Join Forces to Streamline Database Management
Y Combinator's FathomDB Utilizes Rackspace Cloud API to Offer Relational Database Service in the Cloud
SAN ANTONIO, Dec 17, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Rackspace(R) Cloud, the cloud computing division of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), today announced the latest addition to Rackspace's popular Cloud Tools ecosystem. FathomDB, a leader in Database-as-a-Service (DaaS), enables businesses and developers to easily manage their MySQL databases in the cloud. Now built on The Rackspace Cloud's open, standards-based API, FathomDB provides a seamless database management experience that leverages Cloud Servers and frees users from time-consuming system administration tasks.

FathomDB helped launch the DaaS industry by offering an interactive user interface and analytics engine to support relational databases in the Cloud - initially just using Amazon EC2 and S3, but now by also leveraging The Rackspace Cloud portfolio. Handling many arduous but necessary steps required to run databases, FathomDB offers a range of time-saving features, including automated backups and routine maintenance tasks, powerful analytic tools, real-time monitoring and performance graphs for optimizing code, and easy point-and-click configuration.

FathomDB chose to become a strategic partner with The Rackspace Cloud because of its reputation for Fanatical Support(R), its standards-based and open approach to cloud computing, and its focus on simplifying technology.

"Because we've always strived to take the pain out of running databases, The Rackspace Cloud was a natural choice for us to team up with. We share the same philosophy of openness and are united in the goal of making cloud computing easy," said Justin Santa Barabara, CEO, FathomDB. "By joining their burgeoning ecosystem, we not only attract new customers through their Cloud Tools website, but we become a part of The Rackspace Cloud family."

General Manager of The Rackspace Cloud, Emil Sayegh, is excited to offer customers a competitive relational database service for the cloud by partnering with FathomDB. "Ensuring that our cloud is reliable and scalable, and delivering a Fanatical Support experience to our customers and partners are primary objectives for us. We support strategic partnerships because they extend the power of our cloud offerings. By working together with FathomDB, as well as the Cassandra open source project, we are simplifying the challenging nature of scaling databases in the cloud. It is through transparent relationships like these that we can solve many customer needs; meanwhile our competitors are trying to solve these problems alone."

FathomDB was featured as one of VentureBeat's list of "Ten Y Combinator companies that want to revolutionize social networking, search, databases and anything else you can think of." The San Francisco-based company is the latest addition to Rackspace's Cloud Tools ecosystem. Developers can run databases on The Rackspace Cloud using FathomDB for as little as $0.02 per hour. To get started, visit the FathomDB website. For more information on applications that improve productivity on the Rackspace Cloud, visit:

About The Rackspace Cloud

The Rackspace Cloud provides on-demand scalable website, application and storage hosting backed by Fanatical Support(R). Through its suite of cloud solutions, Cloud Sites(TM), Cloud Files(TM) and Cloud Servers(TM), The Rackspace Cloud enables astute developers and IT managers to minimize the hassles, upfront investments and high costs associated with dedicated hardware while offering the ability to easily scale hosting resources. For more information about The Rackspace Cloud, visit or call 1-877-934-0409.

About Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting is the world's leader in hosting and cloud computing and is ranked #43 on FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Companies to work for in the United States for 2009. Rackspace provides its customers with Fanatical Support (R) in delivering their portfolio of hosted IT services, including Managed Hosting, The Rackspace Cloud and Email and Apps. For more information, visit

About FathomDB

FathomDB is a Y Combinator startup and was founded by Justin Santa Barbara in San Francisco, California. It takes the pain out of managing databases, freeing up developers to focus on higher end tasks associated with the cloud. Pricing varies according to server size and disk space required. For more information, please visit

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