Rackspace has announced upgrades to all its OpenStack-powered servers with faster processors, increased memory and network bandwidth.
Announcing the upgrades through its blog post, the open cloud company noted that the new models will be called Performance Cloud Servers and will incorporate a combination of Intel Xeon E5 processors with SSD storage, maximum RAM of up to 120GB and a 40Gbps throughput to every host. Rackspace notes that the new servers will deliver faster application performance while improving the overall throughput, reliability and scale.
The new servers are capable of handling varying workloads from basic web hosting to large scale deployments comprising of NoSQL data stores like MongoDB and Cassandra. Rackspace notes that the upgrades result in over 2.1x more CPU performance; 59x more disk I/O; 3.6X more network bandwidth; 2.8X better overall performance; and 10X better MongoDB performance.
“The Performance Cloud Servers’ high throughput network has been specifically designed to boost Cloud Block Storage performance, delivering as much as 1.5X more disk I/O for Standard volumes and 2.5X more disk I/O for SSD volumes” notes Rackspace.
The new servers will be replacing Rackspace’s Standard Cloud Servers. Currently these Performance Cloud Servers are available from company’s northern Virginia data centre and will soon be available from its other data centres located in Dallas, Chicago, and London. Other regions will be receiving the upgrades starting next year.