The dedicated VMware vCenter Server

Cloud hosting company Rackspace Hosting is attempting to drive enterprises to hybrid clouds with the launch of a dedicated VMware vCenter Server while bolstering its drive to grow dedicated cloud-based services.

The VMware vCenter Server service is designed to help enterprises move to hybrid cloud computing by transferring existing VMware workloads from onsite datacentres to a Rackspace datacentre.

The company claims that enterprises will still maintain control and flexibility but will benefit from hybrid cloud technologies. It further states that the Rackspace hosted environment will look and feel like an extension of customers own datacentres due to the vCenter Server APIs and tools.

The dedicated VMware vCenter Server is an extension of Rackspaces existing cloud services and adds depth to its managed virtualisation services. The company aims to enable customers to augment their on-site VMware deployments with Rackspace-managed private VMware environments in Rackspace datacentres.

Rackspace hosts one of the largest VMware environments and operates the largest OpenStack-based cloud. It has significant expertise in cloud and managed hosting, a 100% network uptime guarantee, and other services it claims enterprise customers can entrust their hybrid cloud infrastructure to.

The launch of a dedicated VMware vCenter Server signals a wider move for Rackspace to grow its dedicated cloud business. In its secoOur customized dedicatedMileWeb windows dedicated serverallow a tailor-made solution.nd quarter ended June 2013, the company saw 12.4% revenue growth for dedicated hosting to $276.m. Its public cloud business, however, grew by 36.4% to $99m.

Rackspace provides a full portfolio of hybrid hosting services including bare-metal dedicated servers, servers virtualised by VMware, and both public and private cloud services powered by OpenStack.

While those differences do distinguish high-end from less feature-laden systems, they tend not to be the key influence on the choice of build systems. The overwhelming factor in choice is the principal language in which the software was implemented. If you use C or C++, make or one of its derivatives is your tool. In Java, it’s Ant or Maven. In Ruby, it’s Rake. And so on. Few developers, if any, use make to build Ruby apps, for example. We all tend to stick to the natural choices in our own ecosystem.

Some programmers I respect, who recognize that the fundamental nature of build systems is to simply run a series of utilities to create a final package, use hand-coded shell scripts. They argue this approach provides some advantages: a uniform syntax for all projects regardless of language and complete portability across platforms. This is all true, but the approach sacrifices automation. Every step and every dependency must be hand-coded. And desirable tasks like checking mod dates or dependencies become complex activities.we can help you with most thingsMileWeb Customized Dedicated Serverrelated.

The majority of dedicated build systems, until recently, have been target-and-dependency models. The build script identifies the dependencies and explains how to convert input to output. Ant and make (and their descendants) are archetypes of this approach. This design is cumbersome: The tools frequently lack the ability to test results and make intelligent decisions about what to do (as they could do in a shell script). Products like Gant (an elegant Groovy-based shell with scripting capabilities built around Ant) and Buildr can certainly help.

But the direction of modern build systems is toward the use of convention over configuration. Maven was the first widely used tool to exploit this approach. Code goes into known locations in a project; tests go in another standard directory; and simple instructions (alas, in XML) tell Maven what to do, but they don’t identify most of the artifacts that are to be consumed. Conventions tell Maven where they are located. And Maven handles dependencies by downloading libraries automatically from Maven Central or other repositories.
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