Cloud Servers is simply the slickest virtual private server (VPS) offering I’ve ever seen, offering a much nicer out-of-the-box experience than its main competitor, Amazon EC2.
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Business still transitioning into managed services from its hosted and pure-cloud-play roots.
Rackspace Managed Cloud delivers a fast Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution at a good price. Unfortunately, Rackspace, while it provides services in North America, the European Union (EU), and Asia-Pacific, only has six data centers worldwide. Setup and ConfigurationFor getting up and running in the cloud, it doesn't get any easier than with Rackspace Managed Cloud. I was able to set up my Ubuntu 14.04 servers in less time than it will probably take you to read this review. Yes, it will certainly help if you know your Linux or Windows internals, but Rackspace Managed Cloud doesn't require you to be an expert system administrator. I used cross-platform processor benchmark Geekbench 3 from Primatelabs to test Rackspace Managed Cloud. As Rackspace Managed Cloud has been turning into more of a managed cloud service rather than simply just letting you jump into the deep end of managing virtual infrastructure in a public cloud, its service level agreement (SLA) has been turning into more of a business contract. For example, the Rackspace SLA guarantees five percent of the monthly fee for each 30 minutes of infrastructure downtime—up to 100 percent of your monthly fee for the affected server(s). And you make the choices through the slick, easy-to-understand admin interface shown above, so there’s no need to plow through an arcane API or hunt down third-party tools just to spin up an instance.
Well, Rackspace, which has more expertise with OpenStack than almost all other companies do, is so far managing to do quite well with it.


Still, unlike Amazon Web Services's commonly overloaded servers, Rackspace is, so far, handling its load well.
Setting up the rest of my cloud, including storage and virtual networking, didn't take much more time than that.
That was, in part, because Rackspace was devoting two Virtual CPUs (vCPUs) to the job instead of one, as most of the other contenders in this IaaS solution review roundup did. It's no longer trying to be the IaaS cloud of choice—a strategy that was causing it to fall behind the competition in terms of price versus services. In the last several years, it's thrown its weight behind OpenStack, an open-sourced cloud operating platform that it co-founded with NASA.
Even if you can't tell a system administrator from a McDonald's cashier, using Rackspace's managed service option will still let your run your business's IT from the cloud. And, once the base images have been created, Rackspace Managed Cloud also makes it simple to tweak your VMs just the way you want them—applications, permissions, etc. The documentation, to which Rackspace Managed Cloud links from the console, walks you step by step—from setting up your servers and securing them to setting up your load balancers. But, while Rackspace promises data center HVAC and power will be functioning 100 percent of the time, the company said that the SLA didn't include the power supplies on your servers. As part of its commitment to OpenStack, Rackspace announced that it was building its public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution entirely on the open-source initiative. The company hosts both Windows and Linux-based infrastructure as well, and is even willing to offer its famed Fanatical Customer Service to customers who also have cloud infrastructure in Microsoft Azure. As your work out Rackspace Managed Cloud's costs, keep in mind that Rackspace is moving to a "managed" service.
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That's turned out to be a good decision as Rackspace Managed Cloud, which begins at $10,300 per year for an eight-server Web app package (as described below), currently posts excellent performance numbers at a nice price. With all of the testing done, Rackspace Managed Cloud came in first, with a score of 4,265. The company (which seemed to be unclear of what it was trying to do in 2014) has lately been gaining more customers and showing good revenue. While most of the SLAs served up by the competition offers similar language, this was enough to tell me that Rackspace is still hedging its bets when it comes to providing completely reliable cloud services. Compared to Editors' Choice winner Amazon Web Services (AWS), only Amazon's superior portfolio of services and its continued focus on pure virtual infrastructure keep it ahead of Rackspace. Like the other cloud services, it offers many Linux distributions as well as virtual machines (VMs) based on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2012. Even if you cut that number in half, since it used two vCPUs while the others (with the exception of HPE Helion) only used one, Rackspace would still have placed third. At one time, I would have been wary of recommending Rackspace Managed Cloud for fear that the company might be acquired, but I don't see that happening now. As for storage speeds, Cloudlook reports that a Rackspace Cloud Standard 1GB image had primary data throughput of 107MBps.



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