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Rackspace Readies Customers for Final Migration from First Gen Cloud Servers

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Rackspace customers still on First Generation Cloud servers based on Slicehost will start receiving notices this month of the final migration to the company’s newer OpenStack-based servers, according to a Gigaom report on Monday. Customers will receive the notice 30 days prior to the start of their migration period.

Slicehost was acquired by Rackspace almost seven years ago, and a major migration effort followed in 2011. At the time Rackspace said it hoped to complete “all the transitions” within 12 months, or by May 2012. In August 2012, however, Rackspace CTO John Engates told The Register that it would probably take 12 to 18 months for the last customers to migrate.

Some legacy Slicehost code has remained in use by some Rackspace customers, and it is this final piece of the old company, its remaining legacy non-IPv6 compatible servers, that are being retired. Rackspace’s Next Generation Cloud servers run on a Python-novaclient controller and use a new API.

Rackspace confirmed the legitimacy of notices emailed to customers to Gigaom.

“If you choose not to self-migrate, Rackspace will migrate your First Generation servers on your behalf at the end of the self-migration window,” Gigaom reports the notice as saying.

Rackspace’s work with Openstack began in 2010, and the company moved its worldwide public cloud onto the platform in 2012.

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