Rackspace Cloud Now Offers Relational Database-as-a-Service through Partner FathomDB

Filed in by Michelle Greer | December 17, 2009 10:06 am

Michelle Greer[1], Sr. Mgr. Corporate Development

The Rackspace Cloud is proud to announce its partnership with FathomDB, a relational database-as-a-service that got quite a buzz when it launched. FathomDB is a service that will make the day-to-day operations of running a database much simpler, allowing you to focus on higher end tasks of your application.  We see this as a product that will help push MySQL to do bigger and better things.  It is one of the many useful services at our Rackspace Cloud Tools site.

Unless you are one of very few companies, you run your database on MySQL or another relational database.  Whether you are a dedicated DBA or simply the guy who is the most familiar with MySQL, you’ll benefit by FathomDB’s ability to automate backups as well as monitor database performance issues as they arise. There’s no point in guessing how well your database is scaling as you grow because FathomDB shows you.

Here’s a summary from the thorough review at blog.webmynd.com:

“The time savings have been huge. On the backend, we’ve been able to spend our time working on new search technology without having to worry about database admin tasks at the same time. We’ve been able to focus on valuable features, relevant to our business and company, and been liberated from spending time playing the DBA.”

We see this as a strong offering against Amazon RDS because it is easy to set up, easy to use, and has a graphical interface not available in RDS.  It does not feature the lock-in you get by using RDS either.

The service starts at two cents an hour and varies according to server and disk space usage.  For the peace of mind that your database is always properly backed up and running properly, it’s worth it.  For more info, please visit FathomDB.com or attend our webinar[2] featuring FathomDB founder Justin Santa Barbara on December 22 at 1 PM CST.
Read the full press release here[3].

Endnotes:
  1. Michelle Greer: http://twitter.com/michellegreer
  2. attend our webinar: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=gmcjto8heamb
  3. here: http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20091217005325&newsLang=en

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