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Migrate Snapshots To The Rackspace Open Cloud In 1…2…3…Done

Open cloud is here and Rackspace wants to help customers embrace it. Through OpenStack®, Rackspace continues to contribute to the open cloud movement along with hundreds of other companies.

One of the questions our customers ask is “How do I move to the open cloud to take advantage of all its great features?” Rackspace wants this to be easy for our customers. Our Cloud Control Panel allows customers to create both first generation Cloud Servers and next generation Cloud Servers with just a few button clicks. And, now, with Rackspace snapshot migration you can convert your first generation servers to next generation servers. For compatible base images, Rackspace now has a feature that allows customers to take snapshots of their first generation servers and create new next generation servers from those snapshots. This allows customers to make exact copies of their first generation servers, but run them on the open cloud platform as next generation servers powered by OpenStack.

The process is easy as 1, 2, 3 and done.

  1. Select the first generation server that you want to take a snapshot image of from the Cloud Control Panel, click on the gear menu and select the “Create Image” command.
  2. For compatible base images select the “next generation Cloud Server Image” radio button and click the “Create Image” button. This does the needed conversions in the background and saves the image as a next generation server image in your saved images area.
  3. You can now create a new next generation server from the Cloud Control Panel  by clicking the “Create Server” button and then select the image you created from your saved images.

That is all it takes, and you are done.

A more detailed Knowledge Center article is available for customers wanting to make the jump to the open cloud.

Rackspace is committed to the open cloud and is excited to have our customers start using it. Hopefully the snapshot migration feature will make it even easier for our customers to make the jump to the open cloud and transition from our first generation servers to our next generation servers powered by OpenStack.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Greg Kirkland.

Greg Kirkland is a Technical Project Manager at Rackspace, allowing him to help customers and Rackers by focusing on strategic projects that move Rackspace forward in the industry. Greg comes from a technical background being a code developer himself for almost 6 years. Greg also spent 4 years working as a Business Intelligence Developer analyzing data and working on process improvement and automation. When not moving Rackspace forward, Greg takes time to nerd out by reading up on behavioral physiology or quantum physics. When not being a nerd, you will find Greg volunteering for the Human Rights Campaign or Habitat for Humanity. He can also be found organizing health and fitness related events for Rackspace's Austin office as the Health & Fitness committee leader.


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