The company aims to take its high performance cloud servers and pitch them to companies focused on big data workloads. Rackspace's performance cloud servers are available immediately in the company's Northern Virginia region and will come online in Dallas, Chicago and London this month. Sydney and Hong Kong regions will launch in the first half of 2014.
Among the key features:
The public cloud servers have RAID 10-protected solid state drives;
Intel Xeon E5 processors;
Up to 120 Gigabytes of RAM;
40 Gigabits per second of network throughput.
Overall, the public cloud servers, which run on OpenStack, provide a healthy performance boost of Rackspace's previous offering. The performance cloud servers are optimized for Rackspace's cloud block storage.
Rackspace said it will offer the performance cloud servers as part of a hybrid data center package.