As expected, Amazon has the broadest range of RAM allocations on offer, but it faces stiff competition from Google, which serves up a range of decent instances with varying capabilities. Amazon instances, though, have variable performance properties, and it's an open secret in the cloud industry that after spinning up a swath of instances you may find yourself with a few duff servers that need to be spun down.As far as current data indicates, Microsoft has not stepped into competition with Amazon here, but Google has. As for those of you who have been asking for the data: we're going to update our model, clean it up, and figure out a way to safely expose it to you all. Rackspace today announced the release of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, which delivers OpenStack private clouds-as-a-service using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
The new offering is fully managed by OpenStack and Red Hat experts at Rackspace and backed by Rackspace’s promise of Fanatical Support. Moreover, Rackspace is contributing to Red Hat’s continued efforts to improve Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform by testing and certifying for broad hardware and software compatibility, performance and availability.
As the 2015 Red Hat North American Cloud Partner of the Year with more than 170 Red Hat certifications and OpenStack operational expertise, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to deliver this service to customers. Balakrishnan added that the Red Hat for OpenStack offering brings organizations instant production readiness. Moreover, Rackspace provides customers with additional benefits through a managed deployment of Red Hat-powered private clouds, including a certified deployment of Red Hat Linux OpenStack Platform that is enterprise hardened and supported by a broad partner ecosystem. In addition, further along the lines of reduced complexity, customers have a single point of contact that will deploy, manage and maintain their Red Hat-powered private cloud at Rackspace. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat is now generally available for customers globally. In terms of the sheer number of topics both have to understand, being a CEO is a lot like being Secretary of State. As more and more enterprises adopt a ?cloud-like? infrastructure, a shift in work culture and practices -- known as DevOps -- is also occurring.
Amazon doesn't believe in private clouds, only public clouds and when you get down to it, only its own Amazon Web Services.
But Rackspace also knows that companies will not - and sometimes cannot – put all of their applications out on a public cloud. This takes the same OpenStack code rolled out two weeks ago on the Rackspace Cloud Servers public cloud and makes it available for companies to deploy internally on their own iron or - if you want an externally hosted private cloud - dedicated iron in its own data centers. Jim Curry, formerly in charge of the Rackspace OpenStack cloud builders program, is now general manager of private cloud. Private Cloud is, he says, a product designed to be installed quickly and easily, used by customers running real workloads.
Curry does not like the word 'distribution' being used to describe the Private Cloud stack, for a number of reasons. For starters, it is not being certified against a specific set of hardware and moreover, Rackspace is not guaranteeing that any particular Private Cloud release will be maintained for a long time. The Private Cloud stack is the same code base that Rackspace uses internally, and in the case of Private Cloud V1 is based on the "Essex" release of OpenStack, which the hoster is now using in production. The pattern has not been hammered out yet, but Curry says to expect for Private Cloud to lag when the OpenStack releases go final by between 45 and 60 days, since it takes time for Rackspace to harden the code and put it through the testing paces.

With Private Cloud V1, Rackspace is making the code available now and you can buy normal escalation tech support - the company is already providing this service for a bunch of early customers that hired Rackspace to help build their private clouds. Escalation support currently costs $2,500 plus $100 for every node under management, but Curry warns that the pricing methodology is to be changed. With Private Cloud V2, due in the fourth quarter of this year and based on the "Folsom" release of OpenStack due at the end of September, Rackspace will offer a suite of managed services, including monitoring, capacity planning, patching, and upgrading of private clouds based on the OpenStack rollup put together by Rackspace. So, for instance, you will be able to pay Rackspace to upgrade from V1 to V2 of the software, or to keep V2 patched with the latest updates.
Pricing has not been set for these managed services, according to Curry, but the idea is to get them in line with pricing for managed services for hosting and public clouds that Rackspace already sells. Because OpenStack is so new and changing so fast, not all features of the Folsom release will make it into the Private Cloud V2 release at the end of this year, he says. The "Quantum" virtual networking interface for OpenStack, which was largely developed by OpenFlow pioneer Nicira (soon to be part of VMware), is unlikely to be in the V2 release, for instance. Even with OpenStack, Rackspace has never believed that it could differentiate itself from Amazon, VMware, or any other cloud fluffer, based on software alone. Hear how Okta automates employee onboarding and offboarding through deep integration between Workday, Medallia’s human resources information system, and Active Directory. This vendor-agnostic guide will help you avoid the pitfalls and choose a solution that really works for your company. If you’re in IT, don’t make the mistake of assuming that all or even most of this growth will be centered on public cloud services. Nicira, the network virtualization company, today announced that Calligo, a full-service cloud service provider based in the Channel Islands, has adopted Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) to support its customers in the offshore industries in the region. Calligo is hosting launch events for its new comprehensive set of cloud services on both Islands today, where it will share insight with offshore businesses into the benefits of cloud computing, including the operational resilience, flexibility and speed available through Calligo’s deployment of technologies such as NVP from Nicira. While Calligo gains radical flexibility with its data centers, its customers experience the exact same high-performance and security as a conventional data center.
NVP is a scalable software system implemented at the network edge and managed by distributed clustered controller architecture. Enterprise-specialist HP is surprisingly competitive as well, though the provider's recent cloud update came with a bevy of severe problems that likely put its cloud out of the running for many serious projects.Rackspace, meanwhile, offers the lowest amount of RAM available on average, even when factoring in the company's just-launched cloud servers. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat provides public cloud benefits with the security, control and performance of an enterprise environment, Hanson said. Rackspace manages and maintains the Red Hat environment including the underlying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform so customers can focus on their business applications and not their infrastructure, the company said. It delivers commercially hardened code, integration with the Red Hat stack, an enterprise life cycle, and support and services, and it taps into a global partner ecosystem, he said. As an additional feature of Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat, customers have the flexibility of bringing their own Red Hat subscriptions to Rackspace, using Red Hat Cloud Access. Rackspace Hosting, which has supported other people's apps for a lot longer than AWS, believes in public clouds just as much as Amazon - enough to start the OpenStack cloud controller project and use the code in its own public cloud. In his new job he will help ramp up the use of Rackspace's OpenStack implementation in private clouds and sell adjunct services for those clouds.

Private Cloud is also intended to generate revenues indirectly for Rackspace as it hopes to peddle various managed services to support the OpenStack rollup.
Once Rackspace gets its rhythm, the expectation is that Private Cloud will get a new release every three months, and when it goes live that is the end of the line for the prior release.
Once the code is safe, it will be rolled up into a Private Cloud release and be made available for customers to download and put on their own iron in their own data centers for free. The goal is to get metered pricing for add-on support services that look less like an annual Linux operating system license for patches and tech support and more like the other managed services that Rackspace sells on a monthly, utility-style basis.
You will not be given access to the patches yourself, as Linux distros offer, but rather you will be given the option of letting Rackspace manage the code for you or to wait for each quarterly release and do the upgrades yourself. Rackspace will want to do extra testing on this code before letting it loose on its own public cloud as well as private clouds.
True to form, the company is all about the fanatical service, for which it acknowledges that it charges a premium compared to other hosters. Calligo is using NVP to make two data centers – one in Jersey and one in Guernsey – operate as a single facility, with computing capabilities and applications utilizing the virtual and physical capabilities in either location. Nicira makes it possible for us to pool our computing resources, including networks, as one big pool of capacity, which radically simplifies our operations and reduces costs,” said Julian Box, CEO of Calligo. Nicira supports total client network isolation, adhering to the Islands’ stringent jurisdictional regulations, while also offering customers application support and capabilities not available in traditional physical network environments.
It offers multi-tenant network scalability and security, flexibility of workload placement and mobility, and elimination of error-prone manual reconfiguration, all challenges faced by large-scale cloud operators. Nicira completely changes the economics for cloud providers, making it possible for companies like Calligo to run fast and efficient OpenStack and VMware based infrastructure at unprecedented levels of utilization while compromising nothing in terms of performance, security and application support,” said Alan Cohen, VP of Marketing for Nicira. The system forms a thin software layer that treats the physical network as an IP backplane. This may reflect the provider's small scale (around 100,000 servers under management, relative to millions for Amazon, Google, and Microsoft), or perhaps an unwillingness to erode its own margins by competing.Though RAM is competitive, the market for virtual CPUs is still very much dominated by Amazon, which fields many more instances with far greater capabilities than its competition. HP and Windows closely track each other, with some instances overlapping exactly – perhaps a reflection of the traditional enterprise heritage of both of these providers.BootnoteReaders, if you found this data useful, let us know how we can expose it to you in the future – would you like a link to the (Google) spreadsheet we keep this data in, or a live graph, or perhaps regular bi-yearly updates?
As a result, service providers can increase speed to market for new services and new revenues. This approach allows the creation of virtual networks that have the same properties and services as physical networks, such as security and QoS policies, L2 reachability, and higher-level service capabilities such as stateful firewalling. Other comparisons, however, were difficult due to the varying levels of information disclosed by cloud providers.We found that when it comes to RAM pricing, we're seeing the emergence of a fair market with a clear trend line of pricing across providers. These virtual networks can be created dynamically to support VM mobility anywhere within or between data centers without service disruption or address changes. The new graph reflects Amazon's continued lead in this area via its 32-core instances, and shows a tighter competition between it and Google at the high end, and it and Microsoft, HP, and Rackspace at the low end.

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