March 28, 2013 – Rackspace has made another acquisition to bolster its developer and niche cloud capabilities, with a deal Thursday for application error tracking tool provider Exceptional Cloud Services.

The acquisition brings into Rackspace’s portfolio the products Exceptional.io, for error tracking across more than 6,000 Web applications; Airbrake.io, which collects and aggregates errors generated from outside applications; and Redis to Go, for managing Redis instances.

In a statement on the deal, IDC Research VP Melanie Posey said that Rackspace is gaining the prowess to create a “one-stop shop” for the development community who are building complex applications on the open cloud.

“The tools and depth of expertise that Rackspace gained through its recent acquisitions will collectively work to reduce the complexity associated with building open cloud applications and speed time to market, while helping the company extend its reach to a broader range of global developers,” Posey wrote.

Last month, Rackspace announced the buy of cloud database and MongoDB facilitator, ObjectRocket. Although Rackspace has made a handful of updates and announcements related to its private and hybrid cloud offerings of late, Bret Piatt, director of corporate development and strategy, said that the ObjectRocket and Exceptional deals are part of an overall Rackspace roadmap to refine cloud usability.

The deal for Exceptional Cloud Services is final, though no financial details were disclosed. Exceptional Cloud Services developers will join Rackspace’s nearby San Francisco office, and sales and support will be invited to join Rackspace’s San Antonio headquarters (pictured above). Exceptional Cloud Services counts 50,000 users of its developer toolset, including Oracle, Zendesk and StickerMule.

Rackspace also got a boost earlier in March to the OpenStack community, which it founded alongside NASA developers, when IBM said it plans to base its cloud and services on the open-source architecture developers.