Dell helps customers spin up private clouds through Rackspace program

Enterprise customers can now spin up their own OpenStack-based Rackspace Private Clouds using the same software and hardware that Rackspace uses to power its public and private clouds. After a detailed automated testing and validation process, the Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) has completed the certification process for several Dell hardware platforms.  Customers can choose the gear that bests fits their needs, while maintaining the fast deployment and stack stability provided by Rackspace Private Cloud Software v2.0 and Rackspace Fanatical Support services.  

Customers have three reference architecture options for their OpenStack-based private clouds:

  • Mass-Compute:  Data resides directly on the compute nodes for variable workloads.
  • Mass-Compute With External Storage:  Data is stored on external resilient volumes and exported over iSCSI.
  • Distributed Object Storage: Data is stored in an object storage cloud that spreads critical data across multiple zones for resiliency.

By having multiple choices for open source clouds that span private and public domains, our customers can build the clouds they need. Our hardware has been optimized for infrastructure, compute, and storage roles in high performance cloud environments such as Rackspace’s OpenStack-based private and public clouds.

The Dell server and storage platforms that have qualified for the Rackspace Private Cloud include:

 Hardware Platform

Mass Compute Reference Architecture

Mass Compute with External Storage Reference Architecture

Object Storage Reference Architecture

Dell PowerEdge R515

 Compute Node

 Compute Node or Storage Node

 Storage Node

PowerEdge R710

 Controller Node

 Controller Node

 Controller Node

Dell PowerEdge R720

 Compute Node

 Compute Node

 Storage Server Node

Dell PowerEdge R820

 Compute Node

 Compute Node

 Storage Server Node

Dell PowerEdge C6105

 Compute Node

 Compute Node

 Storage Server Node

Dell PowerEdge C6220

 Compute Node

 Compute Node

 Storage Server Node

PowerVault MD1200

Provide object/volume storage when attached to PowerEdge servers

PowerVault MD1220

Provide object/volume storage when attached to PowerEdge Servers


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