RackSpace Officially Launches Cloud Networks

Cloud isolation technology is now a major part of Rackspace’s range of cloud products. The newest addition, called Cloud Networks, will allow users to create virtual networks inside the cloud.

Software-defined networks allow users to isolate their new virtual private networks within the clouds. It gives them unrivalled privacy and the ability to mould and change networks to suit their needs.

Observers have drawn attention to the fact this service is based off of Layer 2 networks, in terms of its function and general architecture. The difference comes in the serious lack of user restrictions in relation to its capabilities like multicast and broadcast.

Customers are able to manage their applications within the networks, on top of their power over storage, computing, and control. Suffice to say, customers will be taking advantage of one of the most flexible additions to the cloud market.

Jamey Meredith, the product manager for RackSpace, wrote in a blog post on the company website: “simply clicking the ‘Create Network’ button would allow users to provision a Cloud Server from the next generation.” He also said this service would be phased in over a period of time to ensure a continuing level of high quality service.

Transitioning to the next generation is simple for everybody. A Cloud Servers customer would use Cloud Networks to create a new server based off of an already existing server. A snapshot of the original server would be taken and transformed into a new generation server.

As of this writing, Cloud Networks are only available for servers when they are created, however Meredith said: “We’re actively working to enable Cloud Networks for existing, next-generation Cloud Servers and anticipate availability soon.”

He also made mention in the blog post to a number of virtual appliances which RackSpace currently had in production, although no release dates were revealed for any of these new virtual appliances.

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