OpenStack Private Cloud, Delivered as a Managed Service

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat

Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat is our enterprise-hardened version of Red Hat OpenStack Platform designed for running OpenStack clouds at scale.

Reference Architecture

Certified hardware

Certified Hardware


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 compatible compute including Cisco, Dell, IBM, HP


OpenStack Networking (Neutron) using the ML2 plugin and Open vSwitch agents support the following:

  • Flat and VLAN provider networks
  • Flat, VLAN, and VXLAN overlay (tenant) networks
  • L3 agents for routing, NAT, and floating IP addresses
  • Converged storage via Ceph (for both block and object)
  • Support for certified third-party distributed storage systems including NetApp and EMC

Complete list of certified devices


Rackspace® Private Cloud powered by Red Hat® uses the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
It is based on the OpenStack Queens release and includes the following services:

Compute (Nova)

Provision and manage large networks of virtual machines.

Dashboard (Horizon)

Provides administrators and users a graphical interface to access, provision, and automate cloud-based resources.

Object Storage (Swift)

Provides redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of standardized servers capable of storing petabytes of data.

Block Storage (Cinder)

Provides persistent block level storage devices for use with OpenStack compute instances. Includes OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) drivers for Cinder/LVM, Ceph RBD, EMC VNX2, and NetApp FAS.

Networking (Neutron)

Pluggable, scalable, API-driven network and IP management. Manage flat and VLAN provider networks; flat, VLAN, and VXLAN overlay (tenant) networks; and layer-3 agents for routing, NAT, and floating IP addresses.

Image Service (Glance)

Provides discovery, registration, and delivery services for disk and server images. Supports a variety of common image formats (Raw, AMI, VHD, VDI, VMDK, OVF, qcow2).

Identity Service (Keystone)

Provides a central directory of users, mapped to the OpenStack services they can access. Also integrates with existing OpenLDAP services for user authentication.

Orchestration (Heat)

Allows application developers to describe and automate the deployment of infrastructure via templates.


Enable provisioning and management of bare metal (as opposed to virtual) machines.

Converged Storage

Distributed object store and file system to provide both Object and Block storage solutions with high availability, durability and performance.

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