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Back in August, I unveiled Rackspace’s step into Microsoft virtualization and private cloud offerings. Well, today I am honored to tell you that Rackspace now supports Microsoft’s cloud platform, which includes Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure Pack, in all of our U.S. data centers. Additionally, Rackspace is now a member of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network.
When we talk to our customers, we often hear one thing loud and clear: you want choice. You want us to have a robust portfolio where you have the flexibility to choose an option based on the price-performance requirements of your specific application or workload.
The true business value of a private cloud is achieved through the applications you run on top of it. Unfortunately, most private clouds don’t come with apps built in. Deploying apps from scratch is a months long process that doesn’t always scale. The deployments typically aren’t repeatable – they are unique, like snowflakes – making them difficult to automate and reproduce.
Based on your feedback about our virtual Cloud Servers, one thing is clear: the more flexibility you have in defining your infrastructure, the better. So today, we’re adding two new workload-optimized flavor classes to our Cloud Servers lineup that allow you to create servers that meet your specific compute and memory requirements. The new servers allow you to define storage completely separately from compute – they boot exclusively from Cloud Block Storage.
It used to be that businesses had two options for productivity and collaboration tools: buy a one-off solution and settle for the built-in features and functionality that often fell short, or string together disparate tools from multiple vendors to get all of the features and functionality your business needed. Oh, and whichever route you chose, you had to manage it all yourself or deal with limited support.
You asked and we answered: Rackspace Cloud Databases now supports SSL to encrypt connections between your applications and your Cloud Database instance.
RackConnect v3, the latest iteration of our hybrid cloud platform, will be available to all new Rackspace customers starting October 23.
In the world of Big Data, bare metal is king. Many companies are seeking an architecture that allows for full utilization of resources like I/O and throughput, but we often hear from you that when it comes to Big Data you are forced to trade the advantages of cloud (elastic, on-demand, flexible) for the consistency and predictability of bare metal. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice one for the other.
Since the launch of OnMetal, you have asked us to expand the base images that we offer. Our goal is to have parity in what we support for our virtual Cloud Servers and OnMetal. Hence, we have been working hard to have other popular Linux distros supported for OnMetal. We are excited to let you know that we now support a substantial number of distros.
Now you can boot Performance 1 and Performance 2 Cloud Servers from a network attached volume in Cloud Block Storage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits you get when you use this feature:
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