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New iPad and iPhone App Updates – Including Access to Chef for Cloud Servers on your iPad!

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Since we delivered our first Cloud Servers iPhone app in September 2009, a lot has changed. Tens of millions of iPhones were sold in 2010 and it seemed everyone wanted an iPad for Christmas.

Today, we are excited to announce new updates of our popular Rackspace Cloud Application for iPhone/ iPod Touch and Rackspace Cloud Pro for iPad.

Whether you are on a beach in Maui or traveling for business, these applications allow you to easily and quickly administer your Cloud Servers and Cloud Files on the go. They are not yet a complete replacement for our browser-based control panel or APIs, but these apps allow customers some powerful remote administration capabilities.

Rackspace Cloud Pro for iPad (v1.1.1)

To download the app, go here.

Rackspace Cloud Pro is an iPad app published by Rackspace that offers an alternative to the web control panel at manage.rackspacecloud.com. It offers most of the functionality of the Cloud Servers API and some of the functionality of the Cloud Files API.  For a list of features, click on the following link.

Whatʼs New in Version 1.1.1?

Chef Bootstrapping – In the Settings section of the app, there is now the option to turn on Chef Integration.  With this enabled, users will be able to provide a Chef run list when creating a Cloud Server. The server will automatically install Chef and attempt to install and configure its software based on the run list. The following is a video demo of Chef Integration in action:

A detailed explanation of what Chef is and what it does is available at link.

Configurable API Endpoints – On the login screen, there are now three fields: user name, API Key, and Authentication API Endpoint. The endpoint defaults to the US endpoint: https://auth.api.rackspacecloud.com/v1.0

UK Cloud users should change this to: https://lon.auth.api.rackspacecloud.com/v1.0

Rackspace Cloud Application for iPhone/iPod Touch (v1.3)

To download the app, go here.

Rackspace Cloud for iPhone is an app published by Rackspace that offers an alternative to the web control panel at manage.rackspacecloud.com. It offers some of the functionality of the Cloud Servers API and some of the functionality of the Cloud Files API. For a list of features, click on the following link.

What’s New in Version 1.3?

Configurable API Endpoints – In the iPhone Settings application, there is an API Endpoint field in the Rackspace section.  US and UK Cloud users should use the aforementioned endpoints.

Enjoy these updates and know that we will continue to update our iOS Apps and innovate new features to add to your Cloud experience. Stay tuned!

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Mike Mayo.


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  • http://codemonkeylabs.com John

    Will the Chef bootstapping be available in the web-based control panel sometime soon?

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      I’m not sure, but it’s definitely doable by the Cloud Servers API using the file injection technique. That’s how the iPad app does it.

  • Angela Gann

    Will there be apps for Android as well?

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      There is an app for Cloud Servers in the Android Market already. It will be updated in the future to include the features from the iPhone app.

  • http://itunesgiftscards.com/ Chris

    is this work on iphone 4 as well?

  • Henry

    where do I go for support on this?

    the ipad app crashes everytime on login… is brand new ipad on 4.2

  • tim

    does the company need overflow servers, that i could set up

  • Ant

    I have a US and UK Rackspace Cloud account, is there/will there be a facility to add multiple accounts with different API endpoints?

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      Yes, there will be! Version 2.0 is coming on March 11 and it will allow you to have as many accounts as you want on as many Rackspace Cloud / OpenStack endpoints as you want.

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