Announcing Rackspace MySQL Cloud Database Private Beta

Filed in Product & Development by Daniel Morris | December 1, 2011 12:10 pm

Today we’re pleased to announce the Rackspace MySQL Cloud Database Private Beta for US customers by invitation only.

Overview & Features

Historically, customers running relational databases in the cloud[1] have suffered from poor and inconsistent performance as a result of the limitations inherited from the underlying hardware virtualization platform.  These constraints are common across most infrastructure providers, including Rackspace.

For example, with virtualized disks, there is extra overhead for each operation against the database.  While there have been advances to alleviate some of these constraints, this overhead continues to limit the performance of I/O intensive applications running in the cloud. Other providers have dealt with this limitation by creating custom database storage engines that operate directly in memory.  This approach has great benefits in terms of availability and scalability, but often sacrifices referential integrity or compatibility with your existing applications.

Rackspace has taken a fundamentally different approach to solving this problem by eliminating the overhead of traditional virtualization platforms and utilizing a container-based solution to provide a high performance MySQL relational database service.  This solution provides resource isolation and allows you to quickly and easily automate complex database administration tasks.

Designed specifically for databases, our offering leverages dedicated SAN storage with built-in data replication that gives you high-speed access and redundancy for your data.

Currently, the Rackspace MySQL Cloud Database API operations for the Private Beta include:

• List, add, and remove database instances
• List, add, and remove databases
• List, add, and remove database users
• Enable root user access

However, we are not stopping there.  We are hard at work on a robust set of additional features such as instance and storage scaling, configuration management, backups/restores, and much more.


We are also thrilled to be able to say that we are developing this offering in the open!  Rackspace believes this is the first and only OpenStack affiliated cloud database solution built on top of OpenStack’s Nova code base.  Click here to see our latest OpenStack video[2] with an update from Mark Interrante, VP of Product at Rackspace, and Troy Toman, Director of Engineering for Cloud Compute. Check out[3] and[4] to learn more about these open source initiatives.

Are You Interested In Participating?

As we work through the beta development phase of this project, we’re looking for customers to evaluate and test this service. The ideal candidate will have Cloud Servers currently running transaction heavy applications with MySQL databases in their configuration and be familiar with the Rackspace RESTful web service APIs.

If you would like to apply for free access to the Rackspace Cloud Database API Private Beta program, please take a moment and fill out a brief survey [5]and tell us why you think you would be a good candidate for the beta. Selected participants will start receiving invitations for the Private Beta over the next couple weeks.

We are truly excited to work with our customers to finalize this new offering and your participation and feedback will be crucial to making this product a success.

Be sure to subscribe to our blog[6] for future product announcements.

APRIL 16 UPDATE:   Rackspace Cloud Databases is now available through our Early Access Program.  For more details, click here:[7]


Daniel Morris is the Sr. Product Manager for Platform at Rackspace.

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