Based on the OpenStack® Glance project, Cloud Images lets you use a RESTful API to discover, import, export, and share images of your Cloud Servers. Having portable images gives you more control and flexibility for building and deploying your applications in the cloud.
Image sharing is great for developers, small businesses, and large enterprises with multiple Rackspace cloud accounts. If you work in the IT department of a large enterprise, you want to ensure that everyone in your organization uses a standard configuration. Cloud Images lets you easily create a golden image to share with all users within your company. If you're a developer and want other users to test your application, you can save them time by sharing your image via Cloud Images, enabling others to quickly deploy and test your application.
Take advantage of the scalability of the open cloud when you need it, and avoid vendor lock-in. Cloud Images lets you easily move workloads across environments—to and from Rackspace public cloud regions, your Rackspace Private Cloud, or even another OpenStack cloud provider.
For example, you can build your application on the Rackspace Private Cloud, and "burst" capacity to Cloud Servers during times of high demand. This lets you quickly create Cloud Servers without having to start from a base operating system image.
Importing and exporting images works in conjunction with Cloud Files:
Certain images may not be available for export due to licensing or billing restrictions. Contact us if you have questions about whether your image is exportable.
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To create a new image in the Control Panel, click Create Image. To import an existing image, use the API.
It’s simple using our RESTful API. View the Cloud Images API documentation.
Get a cloud account to start sharing, importing, and exporting Cloud Images.