rackconnect


- Getting Started -

APPLIES TO: RackConnect v2.0, OnMetal Cloud Servers
Rackspace now supports OnMetal Cloud Servers with RackConnect. This means you can now enjoy the benefits of OnMetal Cloud Servers—single-tenant, bare-metal, API-driven—combined...
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Your Dedicated/Managed Hosting Support Team is your first point of contact for RackConnect Support.  They will help you isolate and resolve issues as needed.
Your service experience is our top priority.  Therefore, we ALWAYS...
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For the Rackspace Open Cloud offering, the image list for RackConnect customers with Managed Infrastructure has been simplified. As long as your RackConnect implementation is complete, you can select from any of the base images...
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To create new servers, you can use Standard, Performance 1, or Performance 2 Cloud Server images that are available in the MyRackspace Portal, the Cloud Control Panel, or via the Cloud Servers API. However. to ensure that you are...
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Load balancers distribute workloads across 2 or more servers, network links or other resources. This distribution maximizes throughput, minimizes response time and helps avoid overload. The following information discusses several...
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There are several methods to access your RackConnect Cloud Servers. Following, is an overview of these methods.
Direct access to RackConnect Cloud Servers via public IP address
If the automation feature Provision public IP...
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One of the main benefits of RackConnect is that you do not have to set software firewall rules (IPTables or Windows Firewall) on individual Cloud Servers—you can modify network connectivity between all servers (Cloud and...
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You can access the RackConnect Management Interface from the MyRackspace Portal.  To view your RackConnect configuration, click Network > RackConnect.
On the RackConnect page, you can add a Cloud account to your RackConnect...
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In order to build a hybrid hosting solution that leverages the security of dedicated servers with the flexibility and service offerings of the Rackspace Cloud, you need to use RackConnect to allow the two types of resources to...
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In order to Implement RackConnect, the following are required:
Supported Network Device - The RackConnect automation is compatible with any Cisco ASA firewall (5505 Security+ or better) or F5 Big-IP load balancer.  You need at...
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The latest version of RackConnect enables new automation and security features, including:
Support for next generation Cloud Servers: Rackspace Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack.  Available as of August 1st, 2012 in the US and...
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Note: this article is a high level overview of RackConnect. For more technical information on RackConnect, see What are the Requirements for implementing RackConnect?.
RackConnect gives you the freedom to choose the best platform...
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To understand RackConnect and its configuration, you must understand some key terms.
RackConnect Configuration - represents a deployment of the RackConnect solution.  The configuration is comprised of your Edge and Connected...
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Server Management

This video shows you how to use the RackConnect interface to create a hybrid hosting solution by connecting your dedicated servers with the Cloud through MyRackspace. 
 
We'll show you how to create a new account or link to an...
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The RackConnect Auto NAT feature is a new feature available to RackConnect 2.0 customers that have Automation Features enabled.  It provides the ability to allocate a set of pre-routed dedicated public IP addresses for use with...
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Scaling and High Availability

You can use Auto Scale and RackConnect for “cloud bursting”: adding cloud servers dynamically in response to demand, and removing them after they are no longer needed. This article provides information about configuring Auto...
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CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Behance is the world’s leading online platform for showcasing and discoveringcreative work.
CHALLENGES: Behance needed a hybrid infrastructure that could keep pace with its rapid growth.
RACKSPACE® SOLUTION:...
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CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Spencer Gifts LLC operates two brick-and-mortar retailers, Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween.
CHALLENGES: Spencer needed to create a high-performance web presence that would scale rapidly with 1,000x seasonal...
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CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Hubspot is a SaaS offering all-in-one inbound marketing tools.
CHALLENGES: Aggressive business growth created new demands for performance annotation and uptime.
RACKSPACE SOLUTION: Rackspace Hybrid Cloud,...
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CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Sprout Social is a social media management platform that provides businesses with publishing, engagement and analytics.
CHALLENGES: As an early-stage startup, Sprout focused on product development instead of...
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CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: FundApps offers a web-based service that allows fund managers to keep their portfolios in compliance with international regulations.
CHALLENGES: FundApps’ blue-chip customers prioritize security and are wary...
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RackConnect Compatibility with other Rackspace Cloud offerings:
 
IMPORTANT: These compatibility listings are general guidelines.  Please view the links provided or please contact your Support Team for further details and caveats...
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Leveraging new technology, architecture and software with no vendor lock-in at Rackspace
CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: The largest online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses in North America
CHALLENGES: Technology that would allow...
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Objective
This document is meant to be used by RackConnect "power users". Power users typically use the API to build new servers and need to be able to spin up large numbers of servers quickly. For power users, the time it takes...
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MSSQL

RackConnect creates an optimal compute environment.
CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Providing insight into the executives and entities behind a corporation, and promoting corporate transparency by being a historical archive of corporate...
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Windows MSSQL

RackConnect creates an optimal compute environment.
CUSTOMER’S BUSINESS: Providing insight into the executives and entities behind a corporation, and promoting corporate transparency by being a historical archive of corporate...
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Linux Tools

You've built your base server and are about to take an image of it.  If only there were some way to know whether the RackConnect portion of the build process would succeed before you spent the time necessary to create the image...
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Windows Tools

You've built your base server and are about to take an image of it.  If only there were some way to know whether the RackConnect portion of the build process would succeed before you spent the time necessary to create the image...
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Linux IPTables

By default, RackConnect Automation takes complete control of the iptables software firewall on your Linux Cloud Servers, using it to enforce your configured Network Policies for those network connections that do not traverse your...
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Performance

The following charts provide a detailed comparison of the Network Devices available for use with your RackConnect Configuration. RackConnect and RC are used interchangeably.

 RackConnect Network Device Comparison


Features...
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Web Technologies

COMPANY'S BUSINESS: Rich Media/Streaming Content
WHAT THEY DO: Operates one of the largest online professional video game leagues in the world supporting millions of players worldwide
IT GOALS: Create a scalable platform for...
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Web-based music video and entertainment service spins up 900 servers for massive transcoding project.
 
 
AT-A-GLANCE:
CUSTOMER: VEVO
INDUSTRY: Websites, Rich Media
CHALLENGES: Storage and Transfer of large media files
SOLUTION...
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FAQ

This document outlines recommendations and cautions based on customer feedback with RackConnect.
Recommendations
Use RackConnect Network Policies to make changes to network access for your Cloud Servers
When you need to open...
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Load Balancing

To configure RackConnect to allow Cloud Load Balancer traffic to your Cloud Servers, a “Dedicated to Cloud” RackConnect Network Policy will need to be created to allow your Cloud Load Balancer resources to communicate with your...
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