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Rackspace aims for a more flexible public cloud

Thor Olavsrud | Nov. 6, 2013
Rackspace Hosting says it has rearchitected its public cloud with a workload-oriented framework designed to deliver optimal performance and price based on the workload. It now comes in two flavors and the company says more are on the way.

The second use case is served by the Performance 2 Flavor Class offering. It's best suited for apps that demand higher RAM, more disk I/O and more consistent performance-for instance, medium to large relational databases, NoSQL data stores and distributed caches. It offers medium-to-high RAM, high-performance RAID 10-protected SSD storage, redundant 10 Gigabit networking, from four to 32 virtual CPUs and disk I/O that scales with the number of data disks up to about 80,000 4K random read IOPS and about 70,000 4K random write IOPS.

"In the old world, we were limited by the number of transactions per second SQL Server could handle," says Matthew Swanson, chief software architect for real estate lead generation specialist Commissions Inc. "With Performance Cloud, we saw upwards of 3,500 peak transactions per second. In less than 15 minutes I was able to parse through more than 6 GB of log files and put just over 1.5M rows in our SQL Server database. Performance Cloud Servers are fast-very fast."


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