Rackspace's new Cloud Control Panel includes multiregion capabilities, as well as new server-tagging feature, to help users more easily manage and locate cloud resources.
Rackspace Cloud's Block Storage service, currently in beta, provides what Rackspace calls highly elastic raw storage. Customers can choose between a high-performance option build on solid-state disks or a lower-cost block-storage option running on traditional hard disks. "We used to use VLANs, but we found those don't work very well in the cloud, mostly because of scale," Engates said.
Finally, Cloud Networks enables users to manage logical abstracted network services programmatically. According to Rackspace, the service offers flexible software-defined virtual networks, providing extra security through network isolation and port filtering.
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