Chapter 1. Rackspace

Table of Contents

Rackspace Introduction
Rackspace Account
Rackspace Login
Rackspace Interface
Rackspace Account Check Point

Rackspace Introduction

Rackspace is one of the industry leading cloud service providers. A cloud provider is a company that offers some facet of cloud computing - perhaps Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) - to other businesses or individuals. Many cloud providers offer all of the above.

Here is more About Rackspace :

"RackspaceĀ® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStackĀ®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best-whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company's award-winning Fanatical SupportĀ® helps customers successfully architect, deploy, and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For."

[Important] Rackspace Interface Differences

Rackspace is constantly making changes and updating their interface. There is a strong probability that the interface you are presented with will differ from the screenshots shown below. If you cannot determine what is the correct choice while negotiating the Rackspace interface, don't hesitate to send me an email.

Rackspace Account

If you don't already have a Rackspace account, please follow this link for Rackspace account creation . You will be presented with the following interface:

Figure 1.1. Rackspace Account

Rackspace Account

Click on "Sign Up/Rackspace Cloud", and follow the instructions to create the account. You will have to provide them with a valid credit card to complete the account creation process. The machine we are going to create will be the smallest that they offer, and will cost a little over $10.00 per month. If you shut the machine down after each time you work with it, it may cost even less. As you create the account, please be sure to write down the username and password that you establish for the account.

Rackspace Login

Once the account has been created, you can go to the Rackspace Cloud Login to access the control panel. You will be presented with the following login prompt:

Figure 1.2. Rackspace Login

Rackspace Login

Enter the username and password that you established when you created the account.

Rackspace Interface

Once you are logged in, you should be presented with an interface similar to the following:

Figure 1.3. Rackspace Interface

Rackspace Interface

The contents of your interface may be different. In fact, it probably will be different. If your account is new, you won't have any machines listed (under Servers) unless you've already initiated them. However, if you've made it this far, you're on the right track. You're ready for the next chapter. If you have problems, try to get an idea of what's wrong. Let me know and we'll work out the details.

Rackspace Account Check Point

This chapter doesn't warrant a check point, as I don't want to log in to your account to verify that it's correct. If you have the account created and can access the account interface, that's all that's required to move forward. If you have problems, send me an email. If you've successfully created the account, send me an email and proceed to Chapter 2.