Adds new automation features including mobile management of cloud with iPhone applications
Rackspace Hosting has released the public beta of its Cloud Servers API. Cloud Servers, part of the company’s portfolio of cloud services, is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering that is said to provide computing capacity for businesses. Through the open, standards-based API, Rackspace Cloud customers can reportedly manage their cloud infrastructure with more control.
According to the company, the Rackspace Cloud solicited feedback and conducted intensive testing with its partners and cloud developers, to ensure that the community shaped the API. The new offering provides users with control panel and programmatic access to the company’s cloud infrastructure services, such as Cloud Servers, Cloud Files and Slicehost.
Emil Sayegh, general manager of Rackspace Cloud, said: “With the launch of our API, we’re looking forward to working with our partners and the developer community to create a powerful cloud ecosystem which we believe will generate new tools and applications to make cloud hosting even easier and more efficient.
We see programmatic control as essential for igniting an ecosystem around the Rackspace Cloud. It’s a key tool for generating the ‘next big thing’ in cloud because it gives developers the power and control to bring their great ideas to fruition.”
Reportedly, the Cloud Servers API comes with four new features – Server Metadata, Server Data Injection, Host Identification, and Shared IP Groups.
The company said that customers will be able to manage their Cloud Servers or Cloud Files accounts on their iPhones. The application is expected to be available in the stores within a month. The Cloud Servers API also allows developers to work with partners on pre-built applications.