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Developer(s) Cloudkick
Operating system Web-based application
Type Cloud computing
License Proprietary

Cloudkick was a cloud computing server management and monitoring software as a service based in San Francisco. Products included a centralized server monitoring tool for multiple cloud server providers, as well as dynamic server management tools. Users managed and monitored their cloud servers, known as nodes, through a dashboard, which lists the names and performance metrics of each node.[1]


Cloudkick was founded by Alex Polvi, Dan Di Spaltro, and Logan Welliver in January 2009, upon acceptance to the Y Combinator startup incubator, from which they received initial funding. The company raised $750,000 from Avalon Ventures and Nueva Ventures, later that year.[2] Paul Querna, former VP of Infrastructure at the Apache Software Foundation, joined soon after.[3]

Cloudkick released a for-pay offering in January 2010,[4] and later followed up in March with the ability for users to manage and monitor dedicated hardware with the system.[5]

Rackspace acquired Cloudkick on December 16, 2010.[6] In 2012, Rackspace announced that Cloudkick would be end-of-life and replaced with Rackspace Cloud Monitoring. All accounts were disabled on May 31, 2013. [7]


Cloudkick alerts at selected thresholds sent email and/or SMS messages, with metric monitoring [8](CPU, disk, memory, load, IO, bandwidth, cache, HTTP, HTTPS, ping, and SSH) and node diagnostics.[9]

Cloudkick supported multiple cloud server providers (such as Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Linode, Rackspace, Joyent, OpSource and SoftLayer),[10] virtual machine management,[11] user management (allowed admins to set user permissions for different nodes), an in-browser web-based SSH terminal (allowed users to access any server on the dashboard) and changelog tracking.


Cloudkick used a variety of open source software projects in the construction of its management platform, including: Django, Cassandra, Twisted Python, and RabbitMQ.

Libcloud is an open-source software project founded by Cloudkick as an abstraction layer that allows applications function across multiple cloud service providers without the need to write alternate software for each. Libcloud was adopted into the Apache Software Foundation's incubator program.[12]


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