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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:24

Rackspace builds new Performance Cloud Servers into its public cloud architecture

Posted By  Marcus Austin


Rackspace Hosting has redesigned its public cloud architecture with new Performance Cloud Servers 


The new servers based on Intel Xeon E5 processors are designed to deliver enhanced levels of application performance with greater speed, throughput and reliability. The servers feature SSD storage, redundant 10-Gigabit networking, and larger RAM delivering 2.6x more overall performance.

Nigel Beighton, International VP of Technology said of the move to the new servers. “Right now, our customers are demanding performance above anything else which is why we’re increasing the strength of computing power behind our core cloud portfolio. This public cloud offering creates a powerful hosting platform for a variety of workloads, ranging from basic web hosting to large scale NoSQL data stores like MongoDB and Cassandra. Bringing the new Performance Cloud Servers online is a significant milestone on our growth roadmap.”

The new Performance Cloud Servers are designed datacentre-grade, RAID 10-protected solid-state disks (SSDs), up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM, and 40 Gigabits per second of highly available network throughput to the host. Rackspace performance figures quote

  • 2X CPU performance
  • 132X improvement on total disk I/O (input/output)
  • 8.3X greater total network bandwidth
  • 2.6X better total overall performance

In addition, the new Performance Cloud Servers’ high throughput network has been optimised to work with Cloud Block Storage, delivering up to 1.5X more disk I/O performance for Standard volumes and 2.5X more disk I/O performance for SSD volumes.

“In the old world, we were limited by the number of transactions per second SQL Server could handle,” said Matthew Swanson, chief software architect, 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 Gigabytes of log files and put just over 1.5M rows in our SQL Server database. Performance cloud servers are fast, very fast.”

Performance Cloud Servers are initially only available in the US but delivery in London is promised for later in November.

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