The introduction of these open Cloud products marks the first time any company has deployed a large-scale open source public Cloud powered by OpenStack. Customers can now select from private, public or hybrid offerings and have the flexibility to deploy their solutions in a Rackspace data centre or another data centre of their choice.
Rackspace's open Cloud products also give application developers and IT organisations in businesses large and small the ability to build, test and deploy applications in the Cloud for the first time without being locked-in.
"Rackspace is disrupting the current model of how IT is consumed", stated Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace. "We have delivered on our promise to implement OpenStack in our Cloud offerings, and to free customers from the vendor lock-in that they face at other major Cloud providers. We're delivering open, high-performance, scalable and easy-to-use Cloud solutions, while empowering customers to choose features, services, prices and locations based on the needs of their business. At the heart of Rackspace is Fanatical Support, which means we put our customers' needs and wants first. Today, we are extending this approach by giving the market an open alternative, enabling them to choose how and where they use the Cloud."
Rackspace's expansive open Cloud portfolio includes not only Cloud Servers and Databases, but also Cloud Files object storage with a content delivery network, Cloud Sites platform as a service for .NET and PHP, load balancers, and monitoring.
"Our experience with the open Rackspace Cloud products has been absolutely seamless", stated Nand Mulchandani, CEO of ScaleXtreme. "One of the things we found right away is that it is completely standards-compliant and we didn't have to make any changes to our OpenStack APIs. Also, the new control panel is much richer, much simpler and a lot faster than the previous version. Customers will find it a completely new experience, although the core functionality is familiar."
The new Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack deliver increased efficiency, scalability and agility to customers, who can launch as many as 200 reliable cloud servers in 20 minutes.
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"The new Rackspace Cloud Servers began delivering business value to us and our customers almost instantly", stated Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA. "We were able to easily integrate them into our performance testing platform, CloudTest and we have successfully spun up thousands of servers for real-world online and mobile app testing. When we conduct testing around large initiatives such as the 2012 London Olympics, the ability to scale quickly is an absolute must. We are seeing what a difference the OpenStack API is making. Making API calls to spin up servers is so much faster now, and that's crucial for a performance and load testing solution like SOASTA."
Rackspace's Cloud Databases offering is developed with an architecture that combines open Cloud technology and a dedicated storage network that is purpose-built for consistent, superior performance.
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All of Rackspace's open Cloud products can be accessed through the new Control Panel, which gives IT administrators and developers a simple and intuitive user interface designed from the ground up with their perspective in mind. The Control Panel is built for speed and ease of use, and allows customers to manage both existing and new cloud products as they emerge. The new Control Panel makes complex, large-scale cloud deployments as easy as a few mouse clicks.
The new Control Panel allows users to:
All current Rackspace customers can begin experiencing the new Control Panel immediately by signing in with their existing usernames and passwords. Once inside the Control Panel, customers can view and manage their current services and launch new Cloud Servers and Cloud Databases.
In addition, customers now have the ability to use the open Rackspace Cloud in hybrid or private Cloud instances. Customers can choose the best platform for their applications by realizing the power of hybrid computing through RackConnect. This solution allows the flexibility and elasticity of the open Cloud, as well as the enhanced security and performance characteristics of traditional hosting on dedicated hardware. RackConnect provides integration between public and private Clouds within Rackspace, and the Open Cloud provides open standards to help customers experience the power of Hybrid Hosting between Clouds located anywhere.
To further strengthen its open Cloud portfolio, Rackspace is planning to offer unlimited availability of Cloud Networks and Cloud Block Storage this fall.