The Rackspace Cloud Goes Open Source with APIs

Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:00am EDT

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Company Fostering Foundation for Open Clouds and Cross Cloud Interoperability;
Empowers Cloud Development Community
SAN ANTONIO--(Business Wire)--
In a major advancement of its open cloud strategy, Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX),
the world`s leader in hosting, today announced it has open sourced the
specifications for its Cloud Servers and Cloud Files APIs under the Creative
Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Developers are now free to copy, implement, and
modify the specifications, helping to enable a truly open cloud. 

The Rackspace Cloud worked directly with developers in an open community to
create the specifications and has now released them through Creative Commons.
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that
promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned
or in the public domain through its free copyright licenses. 

"We welcome Rackspace`s decision to provide their client-side tools as open
source to the community," stated Rich Wolski, Chief Technology Officer,
Eucalyptus Systems Inc. "It builds confidence among developers to know they can
'see' how the APIs function at a programmatic level. Moreover, by providing
their API tools as open source, Rackspace is assuming a leadership position in
helping to achieve cloud interoperability." 

As part of its ongoing vision to open the cloud and speed cloud development, the
company has also made available its Cloud Files language bindings for Java, PHP,
Python, C#, and Ruby under the MIT license. The source code for these bindings
is publicly available on GitHub, a public software versioning system, at
http://github.com/rackspace, where external developers can now contribute.
Rackspace has also produced a technical guideline for Cloud Servers language
bindings which is also available on GitHub. This guideline will enable
developers to build Cloud Servers bindings in a variety of languages, but with a
consistent design and feel. Rackspace expects to offer a reference
implementation in Python soon and is aware of Ruby, Perl, Java, and Twisted
Python Cloud Servers bindings that are in the process of being developed. 

Rackspace`s commitment to openness extends to its work with the community and
expects to continue to expand the range of language bindings as developers
provide them and work with developers to help ensure they are notified quickly
of new features and updated technical specifications. 

"It's great to see Rackspace push the movement forward by getting more code into
the hands of the community," stated, Alex Polvi, CEO, Cloudkick, a leading cloud
management platform developer. "We are thrilled to see the company moving so
quickly and proactively to promote an open cloud." 

"Rackspace is committed to the development of open cloud solutions and
standards. We are working quickly to offer a wide range of tools to help
developers work with us to create these important building blocks for the cloud
industry," said Emil Sayegh, General Manager, The Rackspace Cloud. "Rackspace is
dedicated to bringing a coordinated effort to cloud development. We are working
directly with our ecosystem of developers and the broader industry to share what
we create with the open source community. We believe open source APIs are an
enabling factor in making interoperable non-proprietary cloud solutions a
reality." 

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 or acceptance or use of our API`s;
anticipated operational and financial benefits from our Cloud Hosting products
and services or from further use and development of our API`s; 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 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,
(v) internal strategy decisions that negatively impact the progression or
development of the products, and (vi), 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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