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Rackspace Offers SSD Block Cloud Storage On OpenSource Cloud Platform

Written by  Sudheer Raju | 25 October 2012
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cloud storageRackspace® Hosting releases unlimited availability of Cloud Block Storage, powered by opensource cloud platform OpenStack®.  The solution gives a new dimension to cloud storage with a plug-in/plug-out storage features along with enabling customers to choose a Solid State Drive (SSD) option to deliver higher performance along with standard storage option. 

Cloud Storage Features:

Customers are now able to plug-in multiple storage volumes of up to 1 Terabyte each of block storage to Cloud Servers and detach/reattach between compute nodes in seconds.

SSD's are less susceptible to physical shock and come with lower access time and latency. With prices of SSDs continuing to decline its a wise move for Rackspace to introduce this option within its storage solutions to end customers. The company said that SSD volume option has been tested to deliver higher performance, 5x to 6x faster than the standard option. Both options feature a transparent, flat pricing structure with no charge for I/O, and are now available for Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack.

It also promises "No Vendor Lock-In" for the solution stating the storage solution remains open by Using the OpenStack Cinder APIs which will allow customers to avoid any proprietary implementation.


The standard option comes with $0.15 per gigabyte per month and the SSD option is priced at $0.70 per gigabyte per month and $.10 per gigabyte per month for snapshot data stored. The pricing structure also features I/O at no additional charge, no additional per-instance fee, no minimum instance size, and consistent pricing in all U.S. regions.

The hosting company is not new when it comes to adoption of OpenSouce systems. Rackspace was one of the first companies along with NASA to mature OpenStack to what it is today. A month ago the company has completed its handover of OpenStack to the OpenStack foundation to address all the concerns of its community.

Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.

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