Another new service, Cloud Block Storage, will offer raw storage, either as block storage through a SAN, or through faster, though more expensive, solid state disks. Using OpenStack, a customer can commission a block of storage independent of any one server commissioned through the company.
The Cloud Networks will provide the ability for customers to set up virtual networks among their Rackspace-provisioned servers. Users can set up multiple stand-alone networks, with each virtual network having its own security and usage policies.
Rackspace has not unveiled pricing for the database, storage and networking services, but Interrante said they will be competitive with other cloud services, such as Amazon's. The storage and networking services will be free in the beta period.
Founded in 1998, Rackspace has provided managed server hosting, e-mail, and co-location facilities. It has approximately 172,000 customers. The company led early development of OpenStack, after NASA developed the core functionality.
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