Speed and Power of OnMetal Now Available for SQL Workloads in Windows

Beginning today, customers running SQL workloads in Windows environments will be able to take advantage of the bare metal speed, raw computing power and capacity of OnMetal by creating OnMetal Cloud Servers using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012.

Database workloads are one of the most common use cases we see customers deploy on OnMetal Cloud Servers. The benefits provided by OnMetal are an ideal fit for the most demanding, data-intensive workloads.

When we launched the latest generation of OnMetal Cloud Servers earlier this year, we added new features and capabilities, such as improved global availability, private and secure hybrid networking across your entire Rackspace environment, and faster, more flexible storage options.

We did so in direct response to customer feedback, and today, again thanks to your feedback, we are further enhancing OnMetal capabilities with the addition of Windows Server support.


When combined with the innovative hybrid connectivity capabilities of RackConnect v3 and Cloud Networks, Windows users will be able to create hybrid clouds across their denvironments for additional flexibility and options to meet the needs of Windows workloads that may be a good fit for the cloud.

To learn more about the capabilities of OnMetal Cloud Servers, check out the on-demand webinar, Unravelling Infrastructure Complexities with Bare Metal Cloud.

Hosted by Rackspace Product Manager Thomas Duesing, the webinar delves into Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack, an API-provisioned, single-tenant bare metal server that can be spun up in minutes. Topics covered include:

  • Technical overview of the OpenStack and Open Compute technologies that power OnMetal
  • Review sample use cases, with real-world data points and applications
  • Demonstrate how to build an OnMetal Cloud Server


Jason Barnhill is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud. He has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, operations and strategy roles, and his functional expertise includes product P&L management, pricing strategy, marketing strategy, direct marketing, and organizational leadership. Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He resides in Austin, TX with his wife, three children and loyal Golden Retriever.



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