December 16, 2010 – Cloud computing specialty firm Rackspace Hosting announced Thursday its purchase of cloud server Web application provider Cloudkick.

A two-year old start up, Cloudkick is based in San Francisco and its applications serve 1,500 businesses of varying size, according to its website.  

San Antonio, Texas-based Rackspace is the founder of OpenStack and provides customers with IT support and a portfolio of cloud services. Chief strategy officer Lew Moorman said in a news release that it would continue to use Cloudkick’s applications toward automating cloud deployment and monitoring.

“Until now, the cloud has been about automating hardware and making it more agile and efficient,” Moorman said. “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.”

With the acquisition, which has already been approved by both companies, Rackspace stated it would keep Cloudkick’s offices as an outpost of its operations.

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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