Rackspace Cloudvent Calendar Day 1: Cloud Overview

I thought it would be fun to put together an Advent calendar of sorts for our customers this holiday season. Traditionally, Advent calendars are used to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1. Here, I present a “Cloudvent” calendar. In this countdown I’ll have 24 posts for you, each covering a single topic or feature about Rackspace Cloud products. We’ll post one per day, so keep checking back!

In this first post, I thought it would be best to give an overview of each product to start us off on the right foot.

Cloud Servers
Cloud Servers are virtual machines powered by OpenStack – specifically the Nova project. You can rent these servers by the hour, or receive a discounted rate for committing to a specific term.

You can use the control panel or API to create servers with a variety of sizes and images. Rackspace also can offer a Managed Service Level for you if you require that level of support.

Cloud Files
Cloud Files is an object store powered by the OpenStack Swift project. While you can interact with Cloud Files via the Control Panel, Cloud Files really shines when you use the API. Most customers use Cloud Files to store static content for their web applications, or for temporary object storage for worker processes.

Content in Cloud Files can also be served via the Akamai content delivery network (CDN).

Cloud Load Balancers
Cloud Load Balancers are similar to their counterparts in traditional hosting – they balance load among a pool of servers on various protocols. Cloud Load Balancers also support several algorithms: Round Robin, weighted round robin, least connections, weighted least connections and random. Cloud Load Balancers also support SSL termination.

Cloud Databases
Cloud Databases, powered by the OpenStack Trove project, today provide MySQL-as-a-Service. When you create a database, you are given a MySQL connection string to put in your application. We take care of the redundant storage, patching and maintenance of your database.

Cloud Identity
The Identity service, based on the OpenStack Keystone project, manages authentication for our cloud services. Users provide a username and API key and receive a token to use on subsequent requests. Each service verifies this token with Identity to ensure your account security.

More information about these products are available from our website and our developer portal.

It’s going to be a great 24 days as we dive into these and other cloud products! Be sure to tune in tomorrow.


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