Happy Birthday Cloud Block Storage!

Filed in Product & Development by Jerry Schwartz | October 31, 2013 10:00 am

We launched Cloud Block Storage[1] into unlimited availability a year ago and we now have thousands of customers using the product. The team that designed Cloud Block Storage wanted to create a different kind of block storage in the cloud. When we spoke with our customers about what they wanted in a cloud block storage solution, the feedback focused on three areas:

A year later, we believe we’ve been successful in meeting our customers’ expectations and also in delivering on our goal to create a different kind of block storage solution. Within months of launching Cloud Block Storage, we quickly exceeded 1PB of storage for SATA volumes and the majority of our top customers are now running high-I/O workloads like MongoDB and Cassandra on SSD volumes.

Design Decisions

Let’s take a quick look at the some of the key product design decisions that helped us accomplish these goals:

Engineered for reliable and more consistent performance:

Cloud Block Storage was designed from the ground up with simplicity in mind:

Designed to give customers choice of standard volumes or SSD volumes for higher performance:

Lower Cloud Block Storage Prices

To celebrate Cloud Block Storage being one year old and to further our goal of more reliable, simple and flexible block storage in the cloud, we are lowering Cloud Block Storage pricing for both standard and SSD volumes! If you are a current Cloud Block Storage customer, you will automatically receive the new pricing on the applicable effective date.

Cloud Block Storage Standard Volumes (click to enlarge)

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Cloud Block Storage SSD Volumes (click to enlarge)

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For additional pricing information, check out our Cloud Block Storage pricing pages here: Dallas, Chicago, and Northern Virginia[4], London[5] and Sydney[6]. Note: the US and UK website pricing pages will be updated on Friday, November 1.

We have learned a lot from our customers this past year and will be making a number of exciting announcements over the next several months. We’re thrilled about our Cloud Block Storage offering and how it is benefiting our customers, and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays in the future.

Endnotes:
  1. Cloud Block Storage: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/block-storage/
  2. [Image]: http://ddf912383141a8d7bbe4-e053e711fc85de3290f121ef0f0e3a1f.r87.cf1.rackcdn.com/Images1/cbs-updates.1.png
  3. [Image]: http://ddf912383141a8d7bbe4-e053e711fc85de3290f121ef0f0e3a1f.r87.cf1.rackcdn.com/Images1/cbs-updates.2.png
  4. Dallas, Chicago, and Northern Virginia: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/block-storage/pricing/
  5. London: http://www.rackspace.co.uk/cloud/block-storage/pricing
  6. Sydney: http://www.rackspace.com.au/cloud/block-storage/pricing

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