Cloud Databases instances are already preconfigured with a default set of metrics, including CPU, memory, disk usage, average load, network and MySQL specific metrics. You can monitor both real-time statistics and historical trends in usage using our API and our CLI. However, you have told us that you want that capability with a friendly user interface too. Today we extend monitoring of Cloud Databases into our Control Panel.
As promised last year, we are committed to simplifying database management with Rackspace Cloud Databases. Starting today you can customize configuration settings for Cloud Databases instances using the API or Trove command line tool. This capability allows you to optimize configuration settings based on the needs of your workload.
Analytics have become part of our everyday experience. If you have a Fitbit you can see analytics on your weight loss and step goals over weeks at a time. If you are a stock owner you likely get data analysis on your portfolio and their returns over a certain period. In business, if you happen to use Mailchimp to send out newsletters, you often see analytics on opens, click-throughs and more.
You can now create and manage your backups in Rackspace Cloud Databases directly from the Control Panel with a simple user interface. This new capability continues our mission improve the Cloud Databases user experience and simplify database management.
This is one of a collection of posts I’ve written recently to provide a high-level introduction to all of the products and services available within a Rackspace Cloud Account. I like to think of them as the building blocks of the Internet. Each post will give a description of the product, how to use it, the costs and the most frequently asked questions about that product.
Since we launched Rackspace Cloud Databases in August 2012 we have experienced great commitment from our customers who have chosen it as their database platform. In this time, we have expanded the availability of Cloud Databases from three to six regions worldwide, keeping the pricing simple, improving reliability and increasing performance.
Performance, or more precisely, the lack of performance, is an invisible cost in your architecture. It is a tax you have to pay by having to overprovision resources in your cloud design to match a given workload. A hybrid cloud gives you the flexibility to choose from different performance profiles to fit your application needs, from dedicated to shared cloud resources, and across its evolution from small endeavor to large mission critical app.
Cloud Databases helps you provision and manage high performance MySQL instances on Rackspace’s open cloud. Our service helps with the installation, configuration, deployment and on-going management of MySQL, and more importantly it helps you deliver fast apps through an architecture that is purpose-built with performance in mind using container-based virtualization.
Today, I would like to introduce you to a guest blogger, Dave Fowler, founder of Chartio. Chartio provides data analytics and visualization tools for business intelligence applications, and allows you to bring data from Cloud Databases and other data sources together into beautiful visualizations. Here is Dave:
We are living in the age of Big Data – there is so much information around us at any given moment that it is impossible to manually sift through and interpret it all. My team at Rackspace is responsible for the system engineering of our Cloud Databases product, and we collect 200,000 metrics every minute to understand the overall health of our system. Data visualization is more than a buzzword to me, it is vital to my team to do our job effectively.