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Just Launched: The Rackspace Cloud Tools Website

At The Rackspace Cloud, we believe that a key component to the growth of an open cloud is a strong cloud ecosystem.  Step one in this effort was the release of our APIs – and we didn’t build these alone. We asked our partners what they wanted and their feedback served as a key factor in driving this effort forward. We made these available as open source so anyone can incorporate them directly into their products.

Step two has been the ongoing joint innovation and collaboration with our partners.  To ensure we  build and provide all of the solutions required for customers to develop, deploy or manage their environments in the cloud, we rely heavily on our partners.  We’ve been actively working with our partners to develop the tools and applications that our customers and the market need today.   These partner solutions will make it easier for customers to utilize the cloud when it makes sense, and accelerate the pace of innovation in the marketplace.

Today, The Rackspace Cloud is taking another big step forward in an effort to encourage openness, innovation and collaboration in the cloud. We’re proud to announce the launch of Cloud Tools (tools.rackspacecloud.com), an online site that brings together tools, applications and services created for The Rackspace Cloud by our partners and the community of developers.

A little bit about Cloud Tools

  • - It includes offerings from Featured Partners who we’ve worked extensively with to define customer needs and build offerings to serve them.
  • - It provides a venue for the Community to list the projects and solutions  they’re building.
  • - It’s one destination for browsing and researching tools that extend the functionality of The Rackspace Cloud.
  • - It offers a way to easily raise awareness about our partners’ tools and applications, driving more customers to their products. And by driving more customers to their products, we hope to encourage more innovation from the ecosystem.

Openness and collaboration will continue to define our engagement with our partners and the development community.  Should you wish to speak with the team, please send an email to cloudpartners@rackspacecloud.com or feel free to email me directly at jim.curry@rackspace.com.

Jim Curry
Vice President, Corporate Development
Twitter:  @jimcurry

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.


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