Rackspace Launches High Performance Cloud Block Storage Products Powered By OpenStack

London,UK – 23 October 2012 – Today, Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, announced the unlimited availability of Cloud Block Storage powered by OpenStack®.  This solution provides a better approach to attached storage in the Cloud by addressing the demand for consistent and reliable performance for file systems, databases or other input/output (I/O) intensive applications. Rackspace’s Cloud Block Storage offers a standard drive option for everyday storage, and a Solid State Drive (SSD) option that delivers even higher performance. Both options feature a transparent, flat pricing structure with no charge for I/O, and are currently available for Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack.

“The Rackspace Cloud Block Storage solution is a crucial piece of our product portfolio. The explosion of data over the past few years has placed greater demands on our customers, presenting them with a variety of new storage related challenges,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. “We developed Cloud Block Storage to deliver consistent performance in the cloud, with infinite scalability and a very simple pricing model that gives customers the flexibility they require to meet their unique business needs.”

With Rackspace Cloud Block Storage, customers get:

Full Featured Attachable Storage Solution
•    Attach up to 1 Terabyte of additional storage to Cloud Servers
•    Detach and re-attach storage between compute nodes in seconds
•    Choice of Standard Performance or SSD-based High-Performance storage

Enhanced Performance
•    SSD-based solution is up to 980 per cent faster than Standard drive performance
•    Rackspace’s Cloud Block Storage Standard drive performance is on par or better than standard drive solutions offered by leading competitors
•    High performance can be achieved without the need to RAID0 (stripe) volumes together, providing additional costs savings
•    No cap on IOPS and users do not have to specify IOPS numbers, as they do with competing solutions

Simple Pricing Model
•    12p per gigabyte per month for Standard volumes, and 56p per gigabyte per month for SSD volumes
•    7p per gigabyte per month for snapshot data stored, which is 25 per cent less expensive than the leading block storage solution
•    Competitive pricing structure also features FREE I/O, no additional per-instance fee, no minimum cloud server instance size is required

No Vendor Lock-In
•    Based on OpenStack Cinder
•    OpenStack compatible APIs allow customers to avoid proprietary implementation

The standard Cloud Block Storage service is aimed at customers that typically require large amounts of everyday storage. The customers can leverage the product for a broad range of applications, including those that require standard performance or those needing to scale storage without scaling compute nodes.  In addition, the product provides dependable storage for archiving solutions, companies that access high amounts of large files, and small to medium size websites.

Cloud Block Storage SSD is ideally suited for customers that require even higher levels of performance than what is normally experienced with standard drives.  With a faster and more reliable SSD-based storage solution, this customer segment is better equipped to use applications that are crucial to their business, such as self-managed MySQL databases, MongoDB, Cassandra and Web caching and indexing, among others.