Rackspace buys Cloudkick

Cloud computing firm Rackspace has today announced the acquisition of Cloudkick, a company that develops cloud server monitoring and management tools.

Rackspace currently has around 64,000 servers and 118,00 customers under its belt. The addition of Cloudkick will add an additional 1,500 customers to Rackspace’s client base, including Mozilla and National Instruments.

It will also significantly boost its presence in the cloud market, allowing it to better manage its own servers and provide a similar service for other cloud vendors.

The Cloudkick operation will become part of Rackspace’s managed cloud offering, which features Rackspace’s Fanatical Support, a service which is set to expand in 2011 with the addition of Fanatical Tools.

Rackspace has already had a partnership with Cloudkick in the past via the open source cloud project called OpenStack, which was founded by Rackspace and which Cloudkick is a member of.

The San Francisco-based Cloudkick was founded in January 2009. It launched a beta of its service in March of that year and came out of beta in January 2010. By October of this year it reached a million server subscriptions, which is likely to continue at an equally quick pace under Rackspace.

Financial details of the acquisition were not revealed.