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Rackspace Cloud Does Droid

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Version 1.0 of the Rackspace Cloud Android app is now available in the Android Market.  This initial version helps you easily and quickly administer your Cloud Servers on the go, and includes the following features:

  • List all Cloud Servers in your account
  • Create new Cloud Servers (including from any existing backups)
  • Delete Cloud Servers
  • Resize Cloud Servers
  • Perform Hard and Soft Reboots

Also, this app is open source!  If you’d like to see how it works (or even better, contribute), you can get the source at Github.

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This is awesome — could have used this yesterday, although I’m sure I’ll need to use it in the future.

avatar Ben Word on May 6, 2010 | Reply

Awesome! Great Job Mike!!

avatar Jack on May 9, 2010

SWEEEEEEEEEET! Will download on my Google Nexus One!

avatar Lee Graham on May 6, 2010 | Reply

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avatar Rackspace Cloud Does Droid. | Androsearch on May 6, 2010 | Reply

Awesome! Great Job Mike!!

avatar Paul Ford - Rackspace on May 6, 2010 | Reply

I can’t find it in the market? was it removed

avatar Zeb on May 9, 2010 | Reply

Is your OS up to date? You may need to update before you’re able to see it in the market. I don’t have an Android device on me at the moment, so I’ll have to take a look later.

avatar Mike Mayo on May 9, 2010

I have a google Nexus one and I can’t wait to have this… two thumbs up for this… good job!

avatar Sue on May 12, 2010 | Reply

Mike,

Great job on this. Where do you keep your wish list for future features? I’d like to be able to click on a server’s public IP address to SSH to it from an SSH client I have installed on the Droid. At the very least, I’d like to be able to long press the IP address to copy it into the paste buffer. Please advise.

Cheers,

Adrian

avatar Adrian Otto [Racker] on May 13, 2010 | Reply

Thanks! I like this idea. I’ll add either a copy or SSH option to the app.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 17, 2010

It would be nice to add total for the month bandwidth usage per server.

avatar Scott Call on May 16, 2010 | Reply

I will definitely add it when it becomes available in the API, but at this point that’s not possible.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 17, 2010

So when will there be a cloud sites app?

avatar Jeremy on May 16, 2010 | Reply

I’ll definitely build a Cloud Sites app at some point, but there needs to be an API for it. Once it’s available, I’ll add support for it to all the Rackspace Cloud mobile apps.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 17, 2010

Can’t see it on my HTC Hero.

avatar Greg Donald on May 19, 2010 | Reply

Cant see it my htc hero either :(

avatar Glenn on May 19, 2010

The app is built for Android 1.6 or greater, so I would think you could see it. Which version are you on?

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

I also didnt have this showing on my hero.

I’ve downloaded the .apk file and have received an error saying that the application cant be installed on my phone.

Should this work on the hero?

avatar Kolin on May 20, 2010

Other people I’ve talked to with a Hero have been able to install it after updating to Android 2.1. It should work on 1.6 (it does on my Dev 1 phone), so I’m looking into it.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 20, 2010

It looks like the hero currently runs 1.5
HTC have released an upgrade to 2.1 but only for the sprint version not the one the rest of the world uses.

avatar Kolin on May 25, 2010

Awesome, but I don’t have an access to the Android Market on my phone. Can you provide a direct link to download the apk file from the browser?

Thanks

avatar Anas on May 19, 2010 | Reply

That’s a fantastic idea. I’ve added it to the Github repository. Email me at mike.mayo@rackspace.com if you have trouble with it. http://github.com/rackspace/android-rackspacecloud/raw/master/android-rackspacecloud.apk.zip

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

Sweet, but this is what you’ve been doing instead of promised features on with the neglected cloud sites platform? A cloud sites API seems like one of the single most beneficial tools to those clients, and the forums support this. The mobile rage is important, but is it really that important to your bottom line. I’m currently looking for a cloud hosting solution with my main differentiator being whether or not they provide an API, not whether or not they have new media apps.

avatar Daniel on May 19, 2010 | Reply

We have been doing this in addition to Cloud Sites work. I primarily work on mobile apps and open source projects, so I’m not sure when the Cloud Sites team will have an API available. I hope to see it soon as well, and I’m confident that we will.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

This is great. I am actually running our Android site, AndroidAuthority.com, on a cloud server. This is a pleasant bit of serendipity: An Android app for controlling my Android site. If you could provide a simpler way to remote shell in, that would be awesome. I already can do it with other apps, but one app for both would be great.

avatar Michael Oryl on May 19, 2010 | Reply

I hope to add shell features to it later. It’s all a matter of how complex that would be.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

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What version of Android does this require?

avatar Landykos on May 19, 2010 | Reply

Android 1.6 or greater.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

I installed the app and then quickly removed it. What if I lose my phone? The login form values are saved so anyone could just go in and delete my servers. Even if I could clear the login form, I can’t memorize a 32-character API key. Until I can log in with a memorable password that doesn’t get saved anywhere on the phone I don’t feel this app is safe to use.

avatar Alex Reisner on May 19, 2010 | Reply

At this point, there’s no way to authenticate to the Rackspace Cloud API with a human-readable password. I could, however, add a local password lock system much like the new one in the iPad app. Would you feel comfortable with that?

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

Thanks for the response. I haven’t seen the iPad app so I’m not sure exactly what you mean, but assuming it’s another password, specific to the phone-installed app, that blocks access to the app, and assuming that you really can’t access anything (API key or app functionality) without that password, yes, I think I’d be comfortable with that.

avatar Alex Reisner on May 24, 2010

Finally! Was waiting for you guy’s to release it. Btw your PR guy forgot to send me Press Release info (Promise was broken!)

I hate that.

Anyway, love the app…I also use connectbot to connect to my servers via ssh :)

avatar @JoeHobot on May 19, 2010 | Reply

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avatar You Can Login to RackSpace with Android App Now on May 19, 2010 | Reply

Where do I get the API key?

avatar Lennie on May 19, 2010 | Reply

It’s at manage.rackspacecloud.com. I’ll update the app description in the Android Market.

avatar Mike Mayo [Racker] on May 19, 2010

Sorry, ignore that, found it…

avatar Lennie on May 19, 2010 | Reply

I love you Rackspace Cloud. Thank you for working on this, and releasing it.

avatar Alex on May 19, 2010 | Reply

Nice tool, thanks for sharing it.
I have the following suggestions for future releases:

1. Save the API key with the settings, but let me pick a password to login to the application. (Right now there is very little protection if I lost my Droid, and the finder starts playing with rebooting servers, or worse – deleting them.) Deleting and entering the API key each time is not practical – too long to memorize.
2. Ability to setup different profiles: I maintain more than one Rackspace Cloud account, would like to be able to manage the others as well.

Thanks,
Thomas

avatar tklettke on May 19, 2010 | Reply

I have a brand new android phone and that app is nowhere to be found it the marketplace

avatar Steve on May 19, 2010 | Reply

Get in touch. My email is mike.mayo@rackspace.com and my phone number is 901-299-9306. A few people have had this problem, but I’ve checked against multiple generations of phones with no trouble.

avatar Mike Mayo on May 19, 2010

Hi Mike,

Congrats for a great app!

For adding the aforementioned ssh support you could try to look at connectbot : http://code.google.com/p/connectbot/

Also, it would be nice to have multiaccount support.

Thanks!

avatar Joan on May 20, 2010 | Reply

It’d be great if, when searching RSCloud KB there was mention of the iPhone app. Doing a search for iPhone yields zero results.

avatar Jerry on May 20, 2010 | Reply

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avatar Customer to Racker: Mike Mayo — Rackspace Talent on December 10, 2010 | Reply

Agreed on Mr. Reisner’s comment above about security- but I think the phone’s high level password protection options (ie. for the desktop) should cover that concern.

I’d like to raise another issue; it would be nice if the app supported multiple accounts. I have my employer’s cloud account, my personal cloud account and then there’s anybody I do some consulting on the side for… If you want to help me help you, I recommend multi-account support.

avatar Philip Sbrogna on December 28, 2010 | Reply

Since the change to OpenStack, I’m not have to manage my next-gen cloud servers from the android app. Is there any good app to do that?

avatar Luis on August 17, 2012 | Reply

You updated the iPhone/iPad app to support next-gen cloud servers — please do get the Android app updated also. Really annoying to have it lagging behind like this.

avatar xxdesmus on September 16, 2012 | Reply

Agreed – Please give some indication that you are taking it seriously as an app on Android otherwise its not really fanatical support is it.

avatar Jez on February 4, 2013

The app is indeed currently being updated to support the next gen cloud. I’m not sure of a release date, as I’m not working on this app anymore, but it’s definitely in the works.

avatar Mike Mayo on February 6, 2013

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