Reduce Human Error With Role-Based Access Control For Rackspace Cloud

Filed in Product & Development by Joe Savak | September 27, 2013 9:30 am

We’ve all experienced it before – an inadvertent change that caused a cascading failure. It could be the change of a file’s headers that caused a script to fail. Or the removal of a node from a load balancer that is causing high response times. Or even the new guy who cuts his teeth by deleting a production server accidentally.

While there will always be a human element (until SkyNet comes online, that is), restricting human access is one way to make these kinds of failures less frequent.

Over the next few months, we will be rolling out Role-Based Access Controls (RBAC). This gives you the ability to:

The first roll-out includes the following products:

We are continuing to work on fine-grained access control (restricting access to specific servers, files, databases, etc.) and two-factor authentication (requiring more than just a password to access your account).

RBAC will be available via the Next Generation Cloud Control Panel (https://mycloud.rackspace.com[5]) and Cloud Identity API (http://docs.rackspace.com/auth/api/v2.0/auth-client-devguide/content/API_Operations.html[6]).

For more information on how RBAC roles are configured, please see http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/overview-role-based-access-control-rbac[7].

Endnotes:
  1. Cloud Servers: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/servers/
  2. Cloud Files: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/files/
  3. Cloud Load Balancers: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/load-balancing/
  4. Cloud Databases: http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/databases/
  5. https://mycloud.rackspace.com: https://mycloud.rackspace.com
  6. http://docs.rackspace.com/auth/api/v2.0/auth-client-devguide/content/API_Operations.html: http://docs.rackspace.com/auth/api/v2.0/auth-client-devguide/content/API_Operations.html
  7. http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/overview-role-based-access-control-rbac: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/overview-role-based-access-control-rbac

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