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Rackspace Private Cloud Software

Start building your private cloud today. Rackspace Private Cloud combines the power of OpenStack—the leading open-source cloud operating system—with a streamlined deployment process that allows you to get your private cloud up and running in less than an hour.

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“The ability to build sandboxes in a secure environment that will pass whatever information security audits a bank or a financial institution puts on us was an important factor in choosing Rackspace Private Cloud.”
Vijay Raghavendra
CTO, Inkiru

Rackspace Private Cloud Software is based on the OpenStack Havana release and includes the following OpenStack modules:

  • Compute (Nova)
  • Dashboard (Horizon)
  • Object storage (Swift)
  • Block storage (Cinder)
  • Networking (Neutron)
  • Image service (Glance)
  • Identity service (Keystone)
  • Metering (Ceilometer)

Base features:

  • Compatible with Ubuntu 12.04, RHEL and CentOS
  • High Availability for Layer 3 Routing Agents
  • Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS)
  • LDAP and Active Directory integration
  • Usage metering and visualization using Ceilometer
  • Chef server and cookbooks for deployment and automation
  • External storage support for third-party vendors (EMC, NetApp, and SolidFire)
  • VMware VMDK image import (for Linux guest OS)
  • Amazon AMI image import
  • Support for using Rackspace Cloud Files as backend target for image service

Any other OpenStack project, extension, or configuration not explicitly listed above is not included in the Rackspace Private Cloud Software.

Key features of Private Cloud Software

Highly available OpenStack services

High Availability (HA) for the OpenStack infrastructure is designed to provide resiliency in the OpenStack controller nodes and in other services such as RabbitMQ. A multi-master configuration option delivers additional protection for the database. With HA, your OpenStack infrastructure is built to remain online in the event of a failure.

Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS)

An extension of OpenStack Networking, this service allows for managing software-based load balancers (HA Proxy) in an OpenStack cloud environment using a RESTful API and provides load balancing services to OpenStack tenants.

  • Cloud Users can enable load balancers for their applications
  • Cloud Administrators can add several load balancers to the pool to manage their users’ load of the virtual infrastructure
Data collection and visualization through Ceilometer

Ceilometer is a metering and measurement project for OpenStack. Its purpose is to provide efficient collection of metering data in terms of CPU and network costs. Ceilometer tracks measurements of a resource, where a resource is an OpenStack entity (image, volume, instance, etc.) and can be used to find information like CPU time used, average CPU utilization, number of bytes read/write on a disk, and number of incoming/outgoing bytes on a network for vm interface.

OpenStack Networking (Neutron)

Use OpenStack Networking to create, delete, and edit software defined networks and attach virtual instances to those networks. Instances can also be connected to a VLAN that is external to the Private Cloud environment, allowing for network communication with external devices on that VLAN. Also included in our latest release is the ability to deploy HA Layer 3 Network Agents. These virtual routers give you access to advanced routing functionality between VLANs within your private cloud, and removes the need for expensive hardware-based routing and switching equipment.

Block Storage support

With the latest release we provide support for the OpenStack Block Storage drivers to connect the following external arrays: EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, NetApp, SolidFire1.

Image import

You can now spin up virtual machines based on VMware VMDK images and Amazon's AMI format by importing images into the Image Service repository within your private cloud.

LDAP and Active Directory integration

Private Cloud environments can now leverage a customer’s existing Active Directory or LDAP service to authenticate users, eliminating the management overhead of maintaining a secondary user database.

Suggested system requirements

To install Private Cloud Software, you will need compute resources for the following 2 key roles within the infrastructure.

Chef server (optional – Opscode Hosted Chef may be used)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 60GB disk space
  • 4 CPU cores
OpenStack controller node
  • 16GB RAM
  • 144GB disk space (more if Glance resides on the same server)
  • 4 CPU cores

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1 On customer premises only—not available in Rackspace data centers.

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