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ContentsIntroductionIdeal uses for Cloud FilesKey ConceptsUsing Cloud FilesControl Panel InterfaceProgramming InterfacesGetting StartedIntroductionCloud Files™ is an affordable, redundant, scalable, and dynamic storage service...
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This guide is designed to get administrators started with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) and to answer questions about the service.  What is RBAC? RBAC is a secure method of restricting account access to authorized users...
Rackspace Cloud Servers can connect to Cloud Files without bandwidth charges when the server and the Cloud Files account are in the same data center. This connection is made by using the internal IP address that your server comes...
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When you're creating new Rackspace cloud resources it's important to understand what a region is and how to use regions effectively. What is a Region? A region is a collection of one or more data centers with a low latency,...

Account Services

Your credit card will first be charged when you sign up for your account. After 30 days have elapsed, you will then be billed for the next month of service. The exact amount may vary as it is based on recurring charges in...
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Once a ticket is opened it can be in one of the following four states depending on the work done on it.NewIn progressPending your responseSolvedClosedAs soon as a ticket is opened by a Rackspace Cloud customer it is in the "New"...
NOTE: This article refers to the Cloud Sites Control Panel. You can access this interface from the Cloud Control Panel by clicking your username in the upper-right corner of the control panel and selecting Cloud Sites Control...
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We do not charge for incoming bandwidth or for intraserver communication using a datacenter's backend network (ServiceNet). Outbound bandwidth charges vary according to the products you use. Review the linked areas below for...
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API

This article is a continuation of the Cloud Files Python Binding Cookbook article and shows how you can use the python-cloudfiles python binding to write some simple Python scripts that interact with your Cloud Files account. The...
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For large files support, Cloud Files allows you to upload multiple file segments and a manifest file to map the segments together. A few limitations:Files larger than 5 GB must first be segmented into smaller files.We...
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Overview Rackspace has language-specific SDKs (software development kits) for our Cloud Products. Some of these instructions use the git version control system. The documentation for each SDK assumes that you have git installed...
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Application Development

The Cloud Files™ Developer Guide is available as a resource for application developers. For information about other Rackspace API documentation, see Where can I find Cloud File Developer Guides?  
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Sample Ruby Application From Connection to Objects#!/usr/bin/env ruby require 'rubygems' require 'cloudfiles' # Log into the Cloud Files system cf = CloudFiles::Connection.new('UsernameGoesHere','APIKeyGoesHere...
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Billing

How am I billed for Rackspace services? How can I estimate my monthly bill? Why am I still being billed?  I never used the services. I don't agree with my bill.  How can I view usage? I don't agree with my bill...

Content Delivery Network

The Wikipedia entry for CDN states: "A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers across the Internet. The goal of a CDN is to serve...
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What is edge purge?When using the Content Delivery Network (CDN) with Cloud Files, your files are distributed across a global network of edge servers increasing the speed at which your audience can download files from your...
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Streaming allows users to serve their content directly from Akamai edge servers, rather than downloading full files before they are veiwable.  Using the OSMF plugins let developers make their own Adobe Flash players, giving...
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This article will help customers understand how to upload and stream videos from Cloud Files using the Akamai CDN.  Using FlowPlayer as your streaming video player lets customers get the streaming technology and web...
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This tutorial has a lot of images and it will show basic steps on how set up the W3 Total Cache plugin to work with Rackspace Cloud Files / CDN. This article assumes that you have already completed the installation of your...
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In addition to the various players, you can stream your media using HTML 5. Most modern web browsers and even mobile phone browsers can stream audio and video with HTML 5. Other players based on Flash cannot deliver to such a...
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When choosing to use the content delivery network (CDN) to accelerate your website and the images and videos on that website, you are responsible for all bandwidth costs associated with delivery of your content over the public...
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Documentation·       API Developer Guide·       Release Notes·       Cloud Files Introduction Guide·      ...
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Content Management Systems

This article assumes that you have already completed the installation of your WordPress website and database. If you have not completed this, read the following article: Install and Use WordPress.You can enhance your...
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This article is potentially out of date and is no longer supported.  For alternatives, you might look at using WP-Supercache or fileconveyor to handle syncing with Cloud Files.NOTE: This article is written for our Classic...
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Content Management Systems

[fchome]:http://fileconveyor.org/ "Fileconveyor Project Home" There are many file syncing applications out there, but few work the way we want them to or are as versatile as an open source application called [fileconveyor][...

File Transfers and File Sharing

NOTE: This article is written for our Cloud Sites Control Panel. Access this interface from the Cloud Control Panel by clicking your username in the upper-right corner of the control panel and selecting Cloud Sites Control Panel...
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NOTE: This article is no longer updated, and the steps listed don't work completely with all current distributions. It is preserved for archival purposes. There are discussions of using CloudFuse in the comments here and on a...
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Rackspace Cloud Servers can connect to Cloud Files without bandwidth charges when the server and the Cloud Files account are in the same data center. This connection is made by using the internal IP address that your server comes...
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[fchome]:http://fileconveyor.org/ "Fileconveyor Project Home" There are many file syncing applications out there, but few work the way we want them to or are as versatile as an open source application called [fileconveyor][...

FTP

The following article will help you configure the Cyberduck FTP Client with Rackspace Cloud Files. Cyberduck allows users to Manage their Rackspace Cloud Files storage account and the configuration of Akamai content delivery...
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Interface Tools

For large files support, Cloud Files allows you to upload multiple file segments and a manifest file to map the segments together. A few limitations:Files larger than 5 GB must first be segmented into smaller files.We...
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NOTE: This article is no longer updated, and the steps listed don't work completely with all current distributions. It is preserved for archival purposes. There are discussions of using CloudFuse in the comments here and on a...
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There is a long list of tools available for use with Cloud FilesRackspace tools such as the Control Panel and JunglediskThird party community tools such as Cyberduck and FireUploader Refer to Cloud ToolsThird party commercial...
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Linux Tools

NOTE: This article is no longer updated, and the steps listed don't work completely with all current distributions. It is preserved for archival purposes. There are discussions of using CloudFuse in the comments here and on a...
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Performance

This article assumes that you have already completed the installation of your WordPress website and database. If you have not completed this, read the following article: Install and Use WordPress.You can enhance your...
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What is Cloud Files used for?There are many ways to utilize Cloud Files, but it is strongest when functioning as unlimited object storage on the Cloud, or when used as a website accelerator with the...
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This article is potentially out of date and is no longer supported.  For alternatives, you might look at using WP-Supercache or fileconveyor to handle syncing with Cloud Files.NOTE: This article is written for our Classic...
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Note: This article is written for the Cloud Sites Control Panel. You can access this interface from the Cloud Control Panel by clicking your username in the upper-right corner of the Cloud Sites Control Panel and selecting "...
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Programming

Scheduled Cron Jobs

The Rackspace Cloud system restricts the maximum execution time of any one cron job to 15 minutes. Please make sure that your script is well tested and can complete its intended job within this time frame.
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Server Images

PrerequisitesThis article presumes that you have already used a Cloud Images export task to export one of your images from the Rackspace open cloud, that you understand how exported images are stored in Cloud Files as Dynamic...
PrerequisitesThe steps in this article assume that you have already properly prepared an image for import into the public cloud and that you have already installed the swiftly Cloud Files client. If you need help on either of...
About SwiftlySwiftly is a client tool you can use to upload and download objects to your Cloud Files account. Swiftly understands the requirements for storing large objects in Cloud Files. If you have a very large object (such as...
A common request we receive is, "Dear Rackspace, I've got a server in your DFW region and I want one exactly like it in SYD.  How can I make that happen?" You can make it happen by using Cloud Images.  This article...

Uncategorized

If you're a VAT-registered business, in most cases you can reclaim the VAT you pay when you buy goods and services for your business. In order to reclaim this money you need to have records to support your claim. By collecting...
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If you do not have a VAT ID number, or choose not to supply one, Rackspace will apply the appropriate tax handling to your invoice. It is in your best interest to supply your VAT ID number because the tax handling for a...
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The Rackspace Cloud Files service is offered with a RESTful API interface, which is useful for integration with existing into existing applications. At times, the interface can be used for directly interacting with the API to...
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Yes, international credit cards are accepted. The Rackspace Cloud will honor Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
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A Container is a "storage compartment" for your data and provides a way for you to organize that data. You can think of a Container as analogous to a folder in Windows® or a directory in UNIX®. The primary difference between a...
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The following are pages that list frequently asked questions for some of our Cloud offerings:Cloud ServersCloud SitesCloud DNSCloud FilesCloud Databases
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What is a CNAME?A CNAME record is way to link your Cloud Files container to a branded URL that you display instead of a CDN URL.  For example, you might want to CNAME your CDN URL (example: http://c186397.r00.cf1.rackcdn.com...
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There are a number of reasons to choose the Cloud Files service over similar services available in the market.Simplicity of CDN functionality.Utility pricing - paying only for what you use, after you use it.Multiple APIs for...
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The following permissions matrix displays specific permissions for the roles in Cloud Files. The matrix displays the method names, their corresponding RESTful API commands, and the roles that are supported.API...
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Mission critical data is now backed up safely in an offsite secure location.Disaster recovery is possible with the backed up data.
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Web Servers

Rackspace allows you to choose the data center where you would like to store your content. You may select our Dallas (DFW), Chicago (ORD), North Virginia (IAD), Hong Kong (HKG), or Sydney, Australia (SYD) locations through our...
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Web Technologies

Note: We've had some reports of problems getting the current version of FlowPlayer (3.2.14) working with Cloud Files and are investigating. We'll update this article when we have more information.Contents1 Overview2 What we need3...
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Cloud Files supports the JW Player for streaming video files. We also support FlowPlayer and OSMF.The JW Player has a commercial license, which means you must purchase it from Longtail video: http://www.longtailvideo.com/order....
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