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General features

Built for reliability

Cloud Servers reside in our world-class data centers, with ECC memory, and fully redundant networking and power all the way to the host. All virtual servers are backed by hardware RAID 10 storage.

The power of bare metal

Provision single-tenant OnMetal™ Cloud Servers using the same API and control panel as your virtual servers to achieve highly consistent and predictable application performance.

Global regions

Access to data centers in multiple regions lets you deploy applications close to your users and introduce geographic redundancy. (OnMetal Cloud Servers are currently available only in Northern Virginia.)

Fast processors

Cloud Servers use the latest generation Intel® Xeon® processors to power compute-intensive applications.

Open cloud platform

Cloud Servers is powered by OpenStack, the world's leading open-source cloud operating system. Build on an open cloud, and don't get locked into a proprietary platform.

Control panel

Just want a simple GUI to spin up and manage your servers? Use our quick and easy control panel.

Maximum hybrid flexibility

Use RackConnect® to connect Cloud Servers with dedicated servers and private clouds to create highly customized hybrid architectures.

Custom images (virtual servers only)

Create custom images of your Cloud Servers to easily deploy future servers. Enable scheduled imaging to automatically create and maintain daily images of your servers. Use Cloud Images for maximum image mobility. Share your images with others. Move images to or from your Rackspace Private Cloud. Even move images to or from another OpenStack® provider.

Scale on demand

Using Auto Scale, create simple rules to automatically grow and shrink your web and application tiers as needed.

Boot from volume

Boot your virtual Cloud Servers from an image stored in Cloud Block Storage, and retain this boot volume even after you have deleted your server. You can choose the size and type (SSD or SATA) for the boot volume.

SSH keys

In addition to password-based authentication, create or upload SSH keys to take advantage of key-based authentication to Cloud Servers running Linux.

Config drive

Use config drive to bootstrap servers by passing in user data with your boot request. This and other server metadata are available as a read-only configuration drive attached to the server.


Code directly against REST APIs, or use one of our language-specific SDKs. Since Cloud Servers are powered by OpenStack, you'll use the OpenStack Compute (Nova) API.

Pay as you go

We bill per minute from the time you create a server until you delete it. (Minimum monthly service fees apply.)

Discounts available

Get discounts on Cloud Servers with volume usage, term commitments, and prepayment.


No spinning disks

I/O v1 and General Purpose v1 Cloud Servers with data-center SSDs and OnMetal I/O with PCIe flash drives deliver a level of extreme disk performance that eliminates disk contention, one of the most common bottlenecks for large databases.

Cloud Block Storage

Attach independently scalable, reliable Cloud Block Storage to significantly increase system or data volume capacity. The 10Gbps connection to Cloud Block Storage ensures high data throughput for your applications. Cloud Block Storage is available with both SSD and standard disks.

Networking & security

Extreme networking

All hosts for our virtual machines, as well as all our bare-metal servers, receive redundant, dual, bonded 10Gbps network connections to fuel high-bandwidth applications. Virtual servers also have a blazing 10Gbps connectivity to Cloud Block Storage.

Cloud Networks (virtual servers only)

Use Cloud Networks to create isolated, multi-tiered, software-defined networks. Add the Brocade Vyatta vRouter for enhanced security.

Cloud Load Balancers

Let Cloud Load Balancers distribute workloads across multiple servers to raise throughput, lower response time, and avoid overload.

IPv6 support (virtual servers only)

Virtual Cloud Servers run a dual IP stack and receive both a public IPv4 and public IPv6 address.

Free internal network

Cloud Servers have access to ServiceNet, our free internal network that's optimized for high throughput to other products like Cloud Databases, Cloud Load Balancers, and Cloud Files. For server-to-server communication, we recommend Cloud Networks (virtual servers only), which provides fully isolated, single-tenant networks.

Security groups

Get streamlined central management of your Cloud Servers’ port traffic with Cloud Security Groups. Use a self-service API to define access rules and apply them to a fleet of Cloud Servers.


Mobile access

Get on-the-go access to Cloud Servers using our free mobile apps for iPhone® and Android®.

Role-based access control

Enhance your servers' security by restricting management access to authorized sub-users with limited rights.

Console access (virtual servers only)

Virtual Cloud Servers have out-of-band console access that enables recovery even from misconfigured server networking.

Rescue mode

Made a change and now your server won't boot? Rescue mode provides access to your original Cloud Servers file system, so you can fix configuration problems and retrieve data.


For virtual Cloud Servers, choose from a wide range of Linux® and Windows® images. Use Cloud Images to easily discover, import, export, and share images and metadata. OnMetal Cloud Servers can be provisioned with CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Fedora, or Ubuntu.

Linux/GNU variants

  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Arch
  • CoreOS
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • Gentoo
  • openSUSE
  • Scientific Linux

Windows Server 2008

  • Base system
  • With SQL Server 2008
  • With SQL Server 2012
  • With SharePoint 2010

Windows Server 2012

  • Base system R1
  • Base system R2
  • R1 with SQL Server 2012
  • R1 with SharePoint 2013
  • R2 with SQL Server 2014

Network appliances

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