Rapid.Space is the low cost, high performance and ethical cloud service of Nexedi group,
powered by Open Compute Project hardware and
operated by VIFIB using SlapOS Edge Computing technology.
Rapid.Space provides large size server cluster with SSD storage and 10 Gbps LAN at a fraction of the cost of traditional public cloud providers.
All source code of Rapid.Space, including accounting and billing, is provided under Open Source / Free Software licenses so that developers
can either contribute to Rapid.Space features or replicate Rapid.Space on their premises.
By relying on on recycled hardware, Rapid.Space contributes to environmental protection through circular economy.
We believe that it would not make much sense for Rapid.Space to offer small or mid-size servers.
Companies such as Online or Kimsufi
already provide fabulous service at incredibly competitive price.
Also, most Web applications currently hosted on small servers will eventually
end up hosted directly by Web browsers using decentralised architecture and distributed computing.
With technologies such as WebTorrent,
and Service Workers,
it is possible to turn a Web browser into both a Web server, a decentralised CDN and a development environment.
Yet, in a fully decentralised Web, servers are still required
for applications which require at the same time big data and low latency.
Those applications (big data processing, big transactional systems)
are the main long term focus of Rapid.Space.
No. Please use a third party provider (for example Gandi).
Yes, with some limitations.
Outgoing IPv4 traffic must support NAT and is limited to a whitelist of destination hosts. For most applications, it is enough.
For applications that need to remove all limitations, one possibility which costs
a few Euros per month is to
connect Rapid.Space VM to a third party provider
(ex. Online or Kimsufi)
through an IPv6 tunnel and route all IPv4 traffic through this tunnel using 4in6 protocol for example.
Yes. Rapid Space provides a global HTTP/HTTPS CDN which is accessible over IPv4 and acts as a proxy to your Rapid.Space machine over IPv6. Connecting
directly via IPv6 is also possible with any protocol by configuring your incoming traffic whitelist (see Features). Both are free-of-charge.
Yes. You can connect a Rapid.Space VM to a remote storage
over IPv6 using the qemu-nbd protocol (see Features).
This can be useful to install a different OS than the default Debian 10.
It is also useful to mount a remote encrypted storage and copy files.
No, because we do not want to host spammers and we want to save costs on anti-spam filters.
If you need SMTP relaying, please sign up with a third party hosting provider (for example Mandrill),
then inquire with us regarding using SMTP over IPv6.
Yes, as long as you have valid ICP license. Our global CDN has Edge nodes in mainland China with connectivity to China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom.
You can contribute creating a point of presence in your region, by deploying an OCP Rack at your company or inside a data centre in your region. Servers you allocate to Rapid.Space will appear under your company and region's names.