Rackspace (RAX) is the latest vendor to partner with 10gen on developing cloud solutions around MongoDB. Last year, 10gen raised $42 million for MongoDB and NoSQL product development, and also partnered with Red Hat (RHT) to promote both MongoDB and NoSQL.

The Rackspace/10gen partnership revolves around 10gen's MongoDB solutions in combination with Rackspace's recently acquired ObjectRocket database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering. The alliance has the intended goal of developing the first purpose-built cloud platform for MongoDB.

"By aligning efforts with 10gen, we are establishing the defacto standard for MongoDB with ObjectRocket and creating a dream team that will set the pace of innovation in the market," said John Engates, CTO at Rackspace, in a prepared statement. "With our combined expertise, we are uniquely positioned to help developers easily architect, build and deliver projects faster than ever, while making it easy to run large-scale MongoDB deployments."

ObjectRocket delivers an open source-based MongoDB DBaaS, providing auto-scaling features to enable MongoDB customers to grow their implementations from single replica set deployments to large, complex clusters within seconds.

Details have been spelled out as to what the two companies will be offering, but they really revolve around three key pillars:

  • Sales collaboration. 10gen and Rackspace will work together on sales and marketing initiatives to promote ObjectRocket to customers worldwide.
  • Technical support. Rackspace will provide first and second line support. 10gen will provide escalation support for ObjectRocket customers using 10gen's MongoDB solutions.
  • Seamless provisioning. 10gen customers can quickly provision ObjectRocket instances directly from the 10gen download page.

"As we boost our collaboration with 10gen, the pioneers of this market, we'll continue providing innovative solutions that allow developers to develop instead of worrying about scaling and managing their databases," said Chris Lalonde, co-founder and CEO of ObjectRocket, in a prepared statement.

What will be interesting to see is what, if any, opportunities this creates for the channel. But for that, we'll have to wait and see.