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Forrester Research, Inc. has named Rackspace Private Cloud (RPC) a “strong performer” in The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2014. We believe that this rating is great recognition of the momentum we’re seeing with our OpenStack-powered private cloud solution.
Rackspace kicked off OpenStack Summit Paris with the launch of a set of easy to deploy production-ready application stacks for the OpenStack-powered Rackspace Private Cloud. The free solution templates, which include Magento, Drupal, Galera, MongoDB, ELK Stack and Hortonworks HDP, enable you to launch an application stack on your private cloud in minutes instead of months.
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.
By Paul R. Brenner, Associate Director, Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame
Stability and scalability are imperative in an enterprise private cloud. Your workloads demand that your private cloud is up and running and that it can grow with your business.
Just as summer comes to a close, so does our RPC Insights series. This series of webinars and blog posts by Rackspace Sales Engineer James Thorne provided detailed information and guidance to help you get started with Rackspace Private Cloud. From spinning up your first instance, to using RPC to support your software development lifecycle and host your web tier and big data solutions, James provided important insights and detailed examples.
The IT hero over the last decade has been the CIO who has been able to reduce costs, rather than innovate and drive the top line for businesses. The cloud is starting to change this trajectory, Michelle Bailey, senior vice president of digital infrastructure and data initiatives at 451 Research, said Thursday at Rackspace::Solve New York.
With a useful OpenStack lab up and running, it’s time to take advantage of some more advanced features. The first that I want to look at is adding the OpenStack Networking LBaaS (Load Balancer) to my Rackspace Private Cloud. This is currently a Tech Preview and unsupported feature of Rackspace Private Cloud v4.2 and is not considered for use in production at this time. To add this to RPC we simply make a change to the environment and run chef-client across the nodes.
Minor Release Upgrade of Rackspace Private Cloud By now you must know that a new version of OpenStack is released every six months. In April, OpenStack’s ninth release, Icehouse, was launched.
Installing Rackspace Private Cloud is pretty straightforward, but it’s even faster if you have a helpful guide to walk you through installation, basic usage and a few specific use cases.
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