The Rackspace Cloud Announces Public API for Cloud Servers

Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:00am EDT

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Expands Power of the Cloud, Offering More Control and Flexibility and Automation
Features Including Mobile Management of Cloud with New iPhone Application
SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)--
Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world`s leader in hosting, today announced the
availability of the public beta of its Cloud Servers API. Cloud Servers, part of
the company`s portfolio of cloud services, is a leading Infrastructure as a
Service (IaaS) offering that provides inexpensive compute capacity that can be
instantly sized allowing businesses to pay only for what it uses-as needed.
Through the open, standards-based API, Rackspace Cloud customers can now manage
their cloud infrastructure with greater control and flexibility. The API, for
example, enables elastic scenarios as users can write code that programmatically
detects load and scales the number of server instances up and down. 

The Rackspace Cloud solicited feedback and conducted intensive testing with its
partners and cloud developers to help ensure that the community shaped the API.
With today`s announcement, users now have control panel and programmatic access
to the company`s cloud infrastructure services: Cloud Servers, Cloud Files and
Slicehost. 

The Cloud Servers API will introduce four new features including:

* Server Metadata- Supply server-specific metadata when an instance is created
that can be accessed via the API. 
* Server Data Injection - Specify files when instance is created that will be
injected into the server file system before startup. This is useful, for
example, when inserting SSH keys, setting configuration files, or storing data
that you want to retrieve from within the Cloud Server itself. 
* Host Identification - The Cloud Servers provisioning algorithm has an
anti-affinity property that attempts to spread out customer VMs across hosts.
Under certain situations, Cloud Servers from the same customer may be placed on
the same host. Host identification allows you to programmatically detect this
condition and take appropriate action. 
* Shared IP Groups - While Rackspace has always supported shared IPs, it`s been
made simpler with the creation of Shared IP Groups and the ability to enable
high availability configurations.

Rackspace Cloud customers will be able to manage their Cloud Servers or Cloud
Files accounts anytime, anywhere on their iPhones thanks to an application built
off the APIs by developer Michael Mayo. The application is expected to be
available in the App Store within a month. 

"It`s been a great experience to collaborate with the Rackspace Cloud team on
the development of the Cloud Servers API," stated Michael Mayo, iPhone
application developer. "Working together with the Rackspace team enabled me to
develop my application much more quickly. I`m very pleased with the open
feedback process as it makes my work a lot easier." 

With the API, developers can create applications for the Rackspace Cloud which
can automatically access compute power as required. The Cloud Servers API also
allows developers to work with partners on pre-built applications. 

"After testing, it is apparent the Cloud Servers API was created to meet the
needs of the community," said David Day, CTO, Zeus Technology. "The REST API has
a complete feature set and is easy to use. We are excited to be building on such
a robust platform." 

"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," said Emil Sayegh, General Manager, The Rackspace
Cloud. "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." 

The Cloud Servers API is implemented using a RESTful web service interface.
Aiming to build a cohesive approach to all products in the Rackspace Cloud
suite, Cloud Servers shares a common token authentication system that allows
seamless access between products and services. 

Launched earlier this year, Cloud Servers is a compute service that provides
server capacity in the cloud to businesses of all sizes and leverages key
technology developed by Slicehost, LLC, a Rackspace wholly-owned subsidiary.
Until today, interactions with Cloud Servers only occurred via the Rackspace
Cloud Control Panel (GUI) and now programmatically via the Cloud Servers API. 

For more information or to obtain access to the Cloud Servers API, please visit:
http://www.rackspacecloud.com/cloud_hosting_products/servers/compare. 

About The Rackspace Cloud

The Rackspace Cloud provides on-demand scalable website, application and storage
hosting backed by Fanatical Support. Through its suite of cloud solutions, Cloud
Sites, Cloud Files and Cloud Servers, The Rackspace Cloud enables astute
developers and IT managers to minimize the hassles, upfront investments and high
costs associated with dedicated hardware, while offering the ability to easily
scale hosting resources. For more information about The Rackspace Cloud, visit
www.rackspacecloud.com or call 1-877-934-0409. 

About Rackspace Hosting

As the leader and specialist in hosting services, Rackspace Hosting is changing
the way businesses worldwide buy IT. Rackspace delivers computing-as-a-service,
integrating the industry`s best technologies into a flexible service offering,
making computing more reliable and affordable. A trusted partner to companies of
all sizes, Rackspace enables IT departments to be more effective. Rackspace is
distinguished by its award-winning Fanatical Support, furthering the company`s
mission to be one of the world`s greatest service companies. Rackspace is
recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine`s 100 Best companies to work for in the
US, ranking number 43 on the list. Rackspace's portfolio of hosted IT services
includes Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Email and Apps. For more
information on Rackspace Hosting, please visit www.rackspace.com. 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or
such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ
materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements
and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are
statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any
statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance
associated with our Cloud Hosting products, including Cloud Sites and Cloud
Files, or acceptance or use of our Cloud Servers API; anticipated operational
and financial benefits from our Cloud Hosting products and services or from
further use and development of our Cloud Servers API; any statements of
expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the
foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that
benefits from our Cloud Hosting products, including Cloud Sites and Cloud Files,
may not materialize, due to a number of reasons including (i) a failure of the
products to attain adequate reliability, quality or compatibility, (ii) changes
in technology which adversely affect the benefit of the products, (iii) general
economy or technology industry downturns, (iv) internal strategy decisions that
negatively impact the progression or development of the products, and (v), and
other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting`s Form 10-Q for the quarter
ended March 31, 2009, filed with the SEC on May 12, 2009. Except as required by
law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking
statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ
materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if
new information becomes available in the future. 



The Rackspace Cloud
Krisana Puccio, Marketing Manager
210-312-5238
kpuccio@mosso.com
or
Rackspace Hosting
Rachel Ferry, Corporate Communications
210-312-3732
rachel.ferry@rackspacehosting.com

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