There are a lot of good reasons to be excited about containers, a form of operating system-level virtualization with many applications. At Mailgun, we’re excited about containers for four major reasons:
As an app developer, one of the things that I hate having to set up is a reliable way to email users. Setting up your own email server can be a giant pain and the odds are decent your email will end up in a spam folder anyway. Fortunately, Mailgun abstracts all the complexity behind sending a message behind an easy to use API.
One of the fundamental pillars of neoclassical economics is rational choice theory. Rational choice theory relies on the assumption that people make rational decisions to maximize personal advantage. So that means wanting more, rather than less, of a good that provides value. Since there are constraints on resources (you don’t have unlimited time or money) people make choices on how to optimize that personal advantage.
You can now use Mailgun, the email automation engine we acquired in August, directly within the Cloud Control Panel. That’s right. It’s no fuss, no muss. There’s no separate account to sign up for or manage, and all Rackspace Cloud customers receive 50,000 emails per month absolutely free. If you want to send more than that, just add your credit card in the Mailgun control panel and start sending – it’s simple. And if you have questions about Mailgun, contact your regular Rackspace support team. If we can’t help you, we’ll escalate to the Mailgun team for you, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of two different support teams.
One of my favorite services here at Rackspace is Mailgun, a set of APIs that allow you to send email and manage mailing lists via a REST API. Coming back from a recent trip to San Antonio I decided that I would add an Objective-C interface to send email via Mailgun using my own iOS interface instead of using Apple’s `MFMailComposeViewController.` This library is now open sourced on Github and available via Cocoapods.