Applies to: RackConnect v2.0, OnMetal v1 Cloud Servers
Rackspace now supports OnMetal Cloud Servers with RackConnect. You can now combine the benefits of OnMetal Cloud Servers—single-tenant, bare-metal, API-driven— with the features of RackConnect—public IP address provisioning, network stack
configuration, software firewall updates—to create your own custom
hybrid solution that spans your dedicated, cloud, and OnMetal server
If you are new to RackConnect or OnMetal, or would just like to learn
more about them, you can find more details about these offerings at the following links:
- OnMetal Cloud Servers product page
- RackConnect product page
- What is new with OnMetal Cloud Servers
- Using OnMetal Cloud Servers
- Using OnMetal Cloud Servers through API
OnMetal Cloud Servers with RackConnect are compatible with both our
Managed Operations and
service level offerings, allowing you to get the level of support you
need to properly manage your hybrid environment.
Although OnMetal servers and RackConnect generally work well together,
following are some caveats to be aware of as you build out your hybrid
infrastructure with these offerings:
Support for OnMetal Cloud Servers is currently limited to the
RackConnect v2.0 offering.
When using one of the portals to create RackConnect cloud servers,
we normally recommend the MyRackspace
portal. However, support for creating OnMetal servers is currently limited to the
Cloud Control Panel. Additionally,
you can also use the Cloud Servers API
to create your OnMetal servers.
OnMetal servers might not be available in all regions. To view the regions where OnMetal is currently available, connect to the Cloud Control
Panel using a cloud account that is associated with RackConnect and begin the process of creating
a new server. Select a region to see if the OnMetal Server tab is available.
The complete set of OnMetal images might not be available for use
with RackConnect. To view the current set of OnMetal images
available, follow the preceding process to begin the process of creating
a new OnMetal server, and view the choices in the Image section.
OnMetal servers are configured with 10 Gbps (gigabits per second)
capable bonded NICs (network interface cards), but bandwidth
availability via RackConnect is limited to the capabilities of
your RackConnect network devices. As an extreme example, if you
are using an ASA 5505 Sec+ as your RackConnect edge and connected
network device, your OnMetal server's throughput via RackConnect
is limited to approximately 150 Mbps (megabits per second). For
a detailed comparison of RackConnect network devices, see RackConnect network device
Even though OnMetal servers require the use of SSH keys, the RackConnect automation systems still create and use a "rackconnect" user account for administering the OnMetal servers. Do not disable, modify, or remove this user account. Additionally, the other RackConnect best practices still apply to OnMetal servers.
Updated 4 months ago