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The Rackspace Cloud Servers iPhone App Now Available

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Since the release of our API’s, developers have been vigorously working on developing cool new applications, one of those being the Cloud Servers iPhone App developed by Michael Mayo.

Since Michael first mentioned his work on the iPhone app on his blog, overhrd.com on July 4th, we have been receiving a high number of people asking, “When and where will it be released?” It has finally been approved and is now available in the iPhone app store from your iPhone or  you can also get it in the iTunes store.

This Cloud Servers application, available on iPhone and iPod Touch, allows you to easily and quickly administer your Cloud Servers on the go, wherever you are. While it’s not a complete replacement for our browser-based control panel or APIs, it does allow for some powerful remote administration capabilities.

Here is a list of features:

•    List all the Cloud Servers on your account
•    View details about each Cloud Server
•    Rename Cloud Servers
•    Resize Cloud Servers
•    Perform Hard Reboots
•    Perform Soft Reboots
•    Find Cloud Servers by Shared IP Group
•    Create new Cloud Servers (including from any existing backups)

We spoke with Michael about his experience working with The Rackspace Cloud team and developing with our API:

“It’s been a great experience to collaborate with the Rackspace Cloud team on the development of the Cloud Servers API. Working together with the Rackspace team enabled me to develop my application much more quickly. I’m very pleased with the open feedback process as it makes my work a lot easier.”

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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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android app please!

avatar Ben on September 1, 2009 | Reply

This is a KICKASS iPhone app! Thanks!

avatar Lee Graham on September 8, 2009 | Reply

This is indeed a very cool thing. Couple of questions, though.

– Can the security be tightened up a bit? I don’t like the idea of someone finding my ipod and rebooting my servers, or changing my passwords. I don’t regard Apple’s 4-digit PIN as any kind of security, even with the 10-fails-wipeout thing. I’d like to be able to require a password, maybe my rackspace password, before being allowed in. Could that be added as an option?

– The SSH login makes me drool as a concept, but it doesn’t do anything for me when I try to activate it, even when I drop the firewall on my servers. Is there something I’m not getting there?

avatar TM on September 25, 2009 | Reply

Ben, an Android app may be coming in the future. But for now, I have quite a few things I want to do to the iPhone app before starting an Android port.

Lee, thanks :) I’m glad you like it.

TM, I agree with the security. I’m planning on adding a PIN number lock to a future version. I won’t be able to do a Rackspace password authentication unless it’s added to the API.

As for the SSH button, that’s a bug that will be fixed in the 1.1 update that’s currently in beta. When 1.1 is released, the Launch SSH Server button will only appear if you have an SSH client on your iPhone (I use iSSH).

If you want to be added to the beta group, email me at greenisus@gmail.com. Also, I regularly blog about the app at overhrd.com.

avatar Michael Mayo on September 25, 2009 | Reply

[…] 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 […]

avatar Rackspace Cloud Computing & Hosting on January 11, 2011 | Reply

Looks like the app is only for Cloud Servers customers and not Cloud Sites customers? Any plans in the future to support Sites users?

avatar Brian Larson on June 8, 2011 | Reply

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