Migrate GoGrid Cloud Servers to the Rackspace Cloud

  • Last updated on: 2019-01-21
  • Authored by: Rackspace Community

Rackspace will discontinue support of GoGrid service effective May 31st, 2019.

You might be able to migrate your GoGrid Linux® servers to the Rackspace Public Cloud by using InstanceSync. You do not need to stop your GoGrid server to complete the migration.

Note: The following process is offered as an unsupported courtesy and is not guaranteed to work for your GoGrid Linux servers.

Migration steps

Use the following steps to migrate your GoGrid Linux servers to the Rackspace Cloud:

  1. Sign up for a Rackspace Public Cloud account.

  2. Create a new destination server in the Rackspace Public Cloud and record the public IPv4 address and root password of your new Rackspace server. See Create a general purpose Cloud Server for assistance. If your current servers are running an end-of-life (EOL) operating system (OS), such as Ubuntu® 12, contact Rackspace Support to help you build the destination server.

  3. If you are running an EOL OS, you need to change the base repositories for your server (both your old GoGrid server and the new Rackspace Cloud server). For example, the CentOS® 5 repository should be baseurl=http://vault.centos.org/5.11/os/$basearch. Consult your distribution’s documentation for more specifics on this step.

  4. Apply all available updates for your OS on both your GoGrid server and your new Rackspace destination server. For example, if you’re running Ubuntu 14, don’t upgrade to 16 or 18, but do apply all updates to Ubuntu 14.

  5. Download InstanceSync onto your GoGrid server and run the script. Watch the screencast for more info about how to run InstanceSync.

  6. Verify the operation of your applications on your new Rackspace Cloud server.

  7. Make any other needed changes to complete the migration, such as updating DNS records, configuring monitoring, and so on.

Choices for server creation

When you create your new server, you need to make the choices discussed in this section.

Rackspace Service Level Agreements (SLA)

The level of service provided at GoGrid aligns most closely with Rackspace’s Managed Infrastructure SLA. For more details about the two SLAs offered by Rackspace Public Cloud, see service levels.

Rackspace regions

The Rackspace Public Cloud is available in the following regions:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Northern Virginia (IAD)
  • London (LON)
  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)

The following account types are available:

  • Global has access to all regions except London.

  • UK has access to the LON region, exclusively.

Choose the region and account type that fits best for your application. You can open and link multiple accounts.

Cloud flavors

You can use any Rackspace Cloud server with enough disk space. The disk allocations are slightly smaller in the Rackspace Cloud than they are in GoGrid, but if you haven’t used all the disk space on your GoGrid Cloud Server, you should be able to migrate a server with the same size memory. If you are using all the disk space on your GoGrid Cloud Server, choose a larger Rackspace Cloud flavor. For SSD-based GoGrid flavors, you should choose the Rackspace General Purpose flavor.

For more information on Rackspace Cloud server flavors, see Understanding flavor classes.

The following image shows a flavor-to-flavor comparison between GoGrid and Rackspace:

Cloud storage

The Rackspace Public Cloud does not offer a file-based solution such as GoGrid’s Cloud Storage. Instead, choose Rackspace Cloud Block Storage for a block-based solution.

Rackspace Public Cloud server cost

The preceding flavor-to-flavor mapping table shows estimated pricing for standard servers. Prices might vary according to region, image used, and SLA. See pricing for other Rackspace Cloud products, such as Cloud Load Balancers, Cloud Block Storage, and so on.

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