Rackspace Arms Cloud With High-Performance Servers
The new systems, with the latest Intel Xeon chips, SSDs and other features, are aimed at such workloads as big data.Rackspace officials are promising significant boosts in performance with a new line of servers the company is putting into its public cloud environment. The company is arming its new Performance Cloud Servers with Intel's latest Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, solid-state drives (SSDs), up to 120 gigabytes of RAM and network throughput of up to 40G bps. Rackspace is aiming the systems at such workloads as basic Web hosting to big data, and is promising better performance than what is found on the company's current cloud servers. "These servers have been engineered to deliver exceptional levels of application performance, with greater speed, throughput, reliability and scale," Mark Interrante, senior vice president of product and engineering at Rackspace, said in a post on the company's blog. "This enables you to run workloads in the cloud, with high performance and efficiency, that could not run well—or in some cases, at all—on Standard Cloud Servers." Rackspace officials said the servers are designed to keep up with the growing demand for enabling applications to run quickly and to scale rapidly. According to the company, the new servers offer four times the total memory of the current systems, twice the CPU performance and 132 times the total disk I/O. In addition, they offer 8.3 times the network bandwidth and 2.6 times more overall performance.
Rackspace's new systems, announced Nov. 5, come as more cloud providers are looking to grow the performance capabilities of their environments. Amazon Web Services this week began offering instances to its public cloud that leverage Nvidia's Grid GPUs to offer high levels of parallel processing capabilities for such jobs as video creation, visualization and streaming graphics-intensive applications. Organizations with high-performance computing (HPC) environments for several years have been leveraging GPU accelerators to improve the performance of their systems without driving up power consumption. Companies using public clouds are now demanding more GPU capabilities to handle parallel workloads. Nvidia's Grid GPUs comes with 1,536 parallel processing cores.