Rackspace Launches SaaS Marketplace
Rackspace launched its Cloud Tools Marketplace this week, which aims to let its customers find and subscribe to any number of SaaS offerings.
Cloud Tools is built on the marketplace platform of AppDirect. Rackspace describes the new marketplace as an upgrade, though until now the company effectively offered static listings of partners. Cloud Tools lets customers view demos such as videos and screen shots and allows them to subscribe to the services.
Among those on Cloud Tools are cloud management providers enStratus, RightScale, and ScaleXtreme; monitoring and reporting tools vendors Cloudability and New Relic; app deployment provider Standing Cloud; SaaS security operators CloudPassage, Dome9 and Still Secure; and E-mail provider SendGrid.
Rackspace’s new marketplace lets customers tie these and other various SaaS offerings to their accounts and receive one bill for the use of those collective services, removing the need to subscribe individually to those services directly from the provider. Ven Shanmugam, Rackspace senior manager of corporate strategy says Cloud Tools will provide a more “seamless experience” for customers using its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud offerings.
Cloud Tools also raises the visibility of
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