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Voice Your Opinion – Which Cloud Files Plug-In do YOU want?

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plug-in-contestOur panel of judges, consisting of two Cloud Files specialists and four active customers, has selected five Cloud Files Plug-In finalists by majority vote – and now it’s YOUR turn.

Which of the five plug-ins listed below do you want full access to?

Which plug-in can you simply NOT live without?

Now’s your chance to get your way – vote for your favorite plug-in and whichever one gets the most votes will become available to The Rackspace Cloud community.

The finalists, in no particular order:

Paul Kehrer – CDN Tools is a WordPress plug-in that allows you to load javascript and media files to Cloud Files to drastically speed page loads. CDN Tools has been designed to be as easy to use as possible – simply activate the plug-in, save your credentials, and click “load files”. Once the initial load is complete all your files will be automatically served from Cloud Files and all future attachment uploads will transparently sideload. Link: http://swearingscience.com/cdn-tools/

David Kocher – Cyberduck is a full-featured browser to publish your content on Cloud Files and manage your CDN distributions with a click of a button. Access your Mosso Cloud Files remote storage using the familiar Cyberduck browser interface to create containers and upload content using drag and drop. Create a distribution to register that container with the Limelight Networks Content Distribution Network through using the Info panel of the browser that displays the CDN URL. Distribution can be toggled on or off at any time. Supporting the latest and greatest version of the Cloud Files protocol, you can also browse hierarchical pseudo-folder structures. Link: http://cyberduck.ch/

Rahul Jonna – Fireuploader is a nifty tool to manage the files on Cloud. It provides a user-friendly interface to download/upload files to the cloud. It also allows users to set properties of the uploaded files like CDN and headers etc. It has all the features supported by Mosso Cloud files as of now. Link: http://www.fireuploader.com,

Ross Dakin – Django-Cloudfiles is an extension to the management system of Django, the popular website framework. Django-Cloudfiles lets you synchronize the static content directory of your Django-powered website to your Cloudfiles account effortlessly. Django-Cloudfiles is…Cool!  1. it only uploads files that have been modified (but can force upload-all)  2. it can create a new container for you 3. it preserves your file hierarchy by naming your remote files such that they emulate nested directories: no need to flatten your existing structure!  4. it lets you store credentials in your site’s configuration file (for easy use) or specify them on the command line (for greater security) 5. it ignores files you probably don’t want to upload, like .DS_Store, .git, Thumbs.db, etc. Original!  6. plug-ins for the Django management system do exist (e.g. django-extensions), but none integrate with Cloudfiles yet (or any CDN to my knowledge) Easy!  7. a dead simple drop-in (no coding necessary) 8. no external dependancies required Going to be Popular!  9. Django is all about reusability; Django developers always look for an existing solution first (like this one)! 10. Django is gaining steam: it’s supported by Google App Engine, and it is gaining traction. Link: http://github.com/rossdakin/django-cloudfiles/

Jeff Capron – This plug-in will mirror your media library to your Cloud Files CDN. All URL’s to this content will use the Cloud Files path when you insert them via the media manager. You can import all of your media to the CDN. Link: .

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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  • Dave

    Am I missing something? Don’t these all already exist? Why vote on which one I want when I can have them all? I thought this would be a vote on something you guys were going to begin developing.

  • http://blog.kirb.us Kirb

    I agree with Dave here. I thought I was going to be voting for some cool plug-in that would be developed.

  • http://www.electricelk.com Mark

    I agree with the above. I thought this contest was targeted toward new development, and only the django one seems close to meeting that standard (at initial commit 5 days before the announcement).

    It’d be hard to have a balanced contest against mature products like Cyberduck & FireUploader.

  • Jeff Capron

    It should be noted, the last plugin is for WORDPRESS, although it isn’t noted in the blog entry. As far as I know, that plugin doesn’t exists anywhere else.

  • http://mosso.com Rob

    All – this was never about us writing something – this was about the community. Sorry for the confusion. As far as new verse existing, Cloud Files just came out of beta in March, so everything is basically new.

    Rob

  • http://www.smestorage.com Neil Shorey

    SMEStorage.com just announced support for Mosso Cloud files and access is currently free whilst in beta. We offer a number of clients that can be used with Mosso CF:

    1. Web – Web based file system, collaboration features, integration with Twitter, zoho, Picnik, ScribD and also support encryption and file sharing.

    2. Windows – Windows tools provide a virtual drive and integrate with Windows shell. Also provide a rich explorer, sync tools and integration with MS Outlook, Outlook Express, MS Office and Open Office

    3. Firefox: Firefox plug-in that supports batch uploads, file share, collaboration and more.

    4. Facebook Widget – share your Mosso files on Facebook with other users

    5. iPhone Web Client – access your Mosso files from your iPhone, supports offline reading as well

    6. iGoogle: Access your Mosso files from an iGoogle plug-in

    All users who register during the beta will get free access even when the beta ends.

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