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Rackspace OnMetal Cloud Servers: Bye Noisy Neighbors!

By - Source: Rackspace

Rackspace launched a new single-tenant infrastructure as a service offering that's ideal for customers with a rapidly growing infrastructure. Called OnMetal Cloud Servers, these OpenStack-powered servers are built with Open Compute Project-based hardware and are now available for testing.

The servers are configured in three ways, according to the company:

  • Compute-optimized configuration provides 20 threads and 32 GB of RAM;
  • Memory-optimized version comes with 24 threads and 512 GB of RAM;
  • I/O-optimized version has 40 threads, 128 GB of RAM and a 3.2 TB PCIe flash drive.

The product page shows that the memory-based server workload types include caching, search indexes and in-memory analytics. The I/O server is built for online transaction processing (OLTP), NoSQL databases and traditional SQL databases, whereas the compute model is suited for web servers, application servers, queue processing and load balancers. Read: A Guide to Open Source Cloud Computing Software

The specs show that the memory-based server features an Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 processor clocked at 2.6 GHz and a 32 GB SATADOM drive. The I/O version has an Intel Xeon E5-2680 v2.2 clocked at 2.8 GHz, a 32 GB boot device, and two 1.6 TB Nytro WarpDrive BLP4-1600 drives for 3.2 TB of high-I/O storage. The compute server has an Intel Xeon E5-2680 v2.2 clocked at 2.8 GHz and a 32 GB SATADOM drive.

The list of features includes high-quality hardware, integrated administration, open source standards, fast provisioning, consistent performance and high-performance networking. Because these servers are based on a single-tenant architecture, there are no "noisy neighbors" and no performance hits to the virtualization layer. All cabinets include two 10 Gbps network connections in a high-availability MLAG (Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation Group) with minimal over-subscription, the company reports.

"Virtualization and sharing a physical machine are fantastic tools for specific workloads at certain scale," said Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace. "However, we've learned that the one-size-fits-all approach to multi-tenancy just doesn't work once you become successful, so we created OnMetal to simplify scaling for customers to stay fast and lean with a laser-sharp focus on building out their product."

OnMetal Cloud Servers are expected to become generally available in the Rackspace Northern Virginia data center this July. Customers outside North America can now test and plan their usage before these servers are made available in Rackspace's international data centers in 2015.