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Announcing the Bulk Import Beta for Cloud Files customers: Saving you Time and Money on Large Uploads

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Have you been looking for a simpler way to get a lot of data into the cloud? Your life is about to get easier, as Rackspace today announces the Bulk Import Beta for Cloud Files. We’ll upload your files directly at the data center, saving you time and money.

Instead of watching your many terabytes of data slowly upload over your standard office connection, simply send your device to us, and we’ll do it for you, painlessly—and much faster. And you won’t have to pay for all that bandwidth, either.

By using Bulk Import for Cloud Files, you get to make data migration (or your customers’ migration) someone else’s job, freeing you to do what you do best. Rackspace provides continuous updates on the progress of your device and its data, and a dedicated migration specialist offers Fanatical Support the whole way through.

All current Cloud Files customers can take advantage of Bulk Import by contacting your account manager or a support representative. Or if you’re a Managed Hosting customer, Cloud Files Bulk Import might be the perfect way to access a large amount of data—just set up a Cloud Files account and send us a request for Bulk Import. Then you’ll ship your device to our data center, and we take care of the whole import: it’s simple, safe, and you’ll save a bundle on bandwidth.

The cost for the service is $90 per device, plus shipping to our data center. Accepted devices include USB 2.0, SATA, and eSATA. The file systems we can accept are NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, and FAT32.

The Bulk Import for Cloud Files Beta is available now and we look forward to serving you and learning how we can improve the offering for general availability in the future. .

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This is a post written and contributed by Megan Wohlford.


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12 Comments

boring. give us something cool.

avatar Ramon on October 14, 2010 | Reply

How about addressing the laundry list of requests for Cloud Files existing customers, rather than building acquisition tools…?

avatar Sami on October 29, 2010 | Reply

Seriously… can we have the current issues resolved, rather than adding new ones? Adding things is some what a slap in the face, it’s saying.. oh yeah, we have dev cycles, but we’ll dev what _we_ want, not what you want.

avatar Joe Elliott on October 31, 2010 | Reply

Hi All,

Thanks for your comments. We are actively working on enhancing the Cloud Files platform.

Please take a moment to submit and/or vote on the Cloud Files features you care most about here: http://feedback.rackspacecloud.com

best regards,
jb

avatar Jim Battenberg - Rackspace Cloud Evangelist on November 2, 2010 | Reply

Would just like to add some thanks from the other side of the fence, this was a long ago requested feature from me and I look forward to being able to sleep soundly in future instead of babysitting massive file transfers. So, thanks.

avatar Tom Harvey on November 3, 2010 | Reply

How does this work for existing managed customers, if we wanted to import, say, files from an existing server?

avatar Chris Henry on November 3, 2010 | Reply

This isn’t a feature it’s a service. So you pay a monkey to do this when they should be addressing the long list of promised features. Fail.

avatar Me on November 3, 2010 | Reply

Sorry to hear all the complaints, because Bulk Upload saves me lots of headaches.

avatar Mimi on November 4, 2010 | Reply

Thanks for all of the comments.

@Chris Henry- All you really need is a Rackspace Cloud Files account and we can work it out (which is simple to set up). We’ll email you offline to figure out the best path forward for you.

avatar Megan Wohlford on November 4, 2010 | Reply

Today, Rackspace announced a new partnership with Akamai. I think this partnership should address some of the concerns listed here. From the January 12th Press Release: “Responding to the needs of its customers, Rackspace will work to integrate key features from Akamai such as CNAMEs, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and CDN delivery for Cloud Files, a Rackspace service that provides highly scalable online storage for files and media. Additionally, Rackspace will resell a range of essential Akamai site and application acceleration services to its customers. The goal is to create a one-stop shop for hosting, cloud, and acceleration services for web content and applications.”

avatar Niki Acosta on January 12, 2011 | Reply

Hi,

We are also facing issues in transferring files from RackSpace dedicated server to cloud filing. Anyone with any suggestion or has experienced the same and found a solution to transfer the files directly from Server to Cloud Files.

I think RackSpace needs to work out on this issue properly as its quite frustrating and nearly impossible that all files are downloaded on a local server and then uploaded on cloud file account.

Waiting to hear from someone.

Thanks

JZ Shah

avatar JZ Shah on April 8, 2011 | Reply

JZ Shah – you can use the Cloud Files API and write a script to recursively go through your files and upload them in their specific containers. I don’t think there is an automated tool that will do this for you if you have large amount of files.

avatar SP on July 28, 2011 | Reply

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