One of the advantages of the container-based virtualization architecture we use in Rackspace’s Cloud Databases service is the improved IO performance for your database. This performance improvement is primarily due to two reasons: the elimination of the hypervisor as a “middleman” in the path that goes from the database engine to the storage; and the flexibility in IO priority allocation that Cloud Databases gives to each one of the different containers of the system.
A few days ago we told you about the Unlimited Availability of Cloud Databases. Since then, we have talked with many of you about what you like about Cloud Databases and what you would like to see added. One thing that we consistently hear about from current users is the different levels of support we offer for databases based on whether your account is a Core Cloud account or an Account with a Managed Service Level.
This month, we raised the curtain on the Rackspace open cloud and welcomed our customers into a new era of openness, choice and innovation. And now we’re taking that one step further by making Rackspace Cloud Monitoring available to everyone through Unlimited Availablity. Cloud Monitoring is a powerful tool that unlocks the value of the open cloud by letting customers monitor any cloud or infrastructure, whether it’s hosted in your datacenter or ours. It’s one easy solution to monitor all IT infrastructure from a single interface, regardless of vendor or location. Cloud Monitoring joins Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack and Cloud Databases as pillars of the Rackspace open cloud.
Last week we told you about the huge milestone we reached with the launch of the Rackspace open cloud into production. It was a great week and you may have seen what industry folks are saying, including GigaOm, Wired and ZDNet, among others. Today, I wanted to expand a little bit more on Cloud Databases, which was released in Unlimited Availability (General Availability) as part of the Rackspace open cloud.
Speed and simplicity; it’s what technology hungry consumers want. Think about it: If I hear a song, I can download it on my smartphone immediately with a simple click or two. That’s incredibly powerful. It takes just seconds. We no longer have the time nor the patience to click through various navigation menus and wait several seconds after each click for results. We demand instant, real-time outcomes and anything less is, quite frankly, unacceptable.
When we set out on the journey to the open cloud 18 months ago, we knew our goals were ambitious. We wanted to build the Rackspace Cloud on OpenStack and, in the process, take OpenStack to the next level. We wanted to bring a truly open cloud computing solution to the world; and we knew it would take a tremendous amount of work.