Rackspace reveal new virtualisation-tackling servers

News Alex Hamilton Jun 20, 2014

Companies that can't virtualise will have a solution in the form of Rackspace's new OnMetal servers

Rackspace has launched a new cloud service, OnMetal, in an attempt to bring the flexibility of cloud computing to applications unsuitable for virtualisation.

The OnMetal Cloud Servers are API-driven, single-tenant Infrastructure-as-a-Service designed on Open Computer Project hardware and is the first service derived from Ironic, the OpenStack bare metal program.

Rackspace promises the servers will match virtual machines for speed and processing time despite not being cloud-hosted.

 “Virtualisation and sharing a physical machine are fantastic tools for specific workloads at certain scale; however, we’ve learned that the one-size-fits-all approach to multi-tenancy just doesn’t work once you become successful,” said Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace.  

“We created OnMetal to simplify scaling for customers to stay lean and fast with a laser-sharp focus on building out their product,” he added.

The servers come in three differing configurations: computer-optimised, memory-optimised and I/O optimised, depending on user needs.

The compute and memory-optimised servers come with 32 GB and 512 GB of RAM respectively and can be used to power web servers, application servers, power caches and in-memory analytics.

The I/O optimised configuration, the most powerful of the three, features 40 threads, 128 GB RAM and a 3.2 TB PCIe flash drive that will be able to handle NoSQL data stores and OLTP applications.

 “What’s exciting about bare metal with an API is that you get all the benefits of cloud infrastructures, such as full automation and writing software to manage your servers, but without any of the compromises on performance or reliability,” said Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS

The OnMetal Cloud Servers are available under limited availability for testing, and will enter general availability in July, giving customers a chance to test the servers out before they’re available in Rackspace datacentres in 2015.