Rackspace, one of the largest players in the hosting arena, announced it has struck a deal to acquire Cloudkick, a startup that has created Web applications for cloud-server management.

Cloudkick, based in San Francisco, has built what amounts to a cockpit for managing complex cloud environments. It says it now counts more than 1,500 businesses as customers and has seen more than one million servers “pass through its tools.”

“Until now, the cloud has been about automating hardware and making it more agile and efficient,” Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer at Rackspace, said in a statement. “But as cloud computing has made it easier to launch servers, companies launch a lot more of them and use many of them inefficiently – and even lose track of some.”

Through Cloudkick, Rackspace says it hopes to bring “order to that chaos and sprawl.”

Cloudkick has been an active member of the OpenStack community, an open-source cloud project founded by Rackspace. The companies said Cloudkick technology will continue to serve as a means to monitor and manage OpenStack clouds.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cloudkick received its initial funding from Y Combinator, a venture group that invests relatively small amounts of money (an average of about $18,000) in a large number of startups.




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