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General features


Cloud Files replicates your files three times to three separate storage nodes that have dual power supplies, so your users get files faster and more reliably. Availability is important to you, so our SLA guarantees it.


Cloud Files uses over 200 global edge locations to deliver your files and media rapidly around the globe. Your users and website visitors get content fast—from servers within their region. That makes Cloud Files great for media hosting.

Easy to use, but powerful

There are lots of ways to store and manage your files:

Third-party tools. Check out third-party tools that take advantage of Cloud Files, such Cyberduck, Jungle Disk, and FireUploader, or visit the Rackspace Marketplace and search for “Cloud Files.’

The Cloud Files API. Our open-source and fully supported developer tools for Java, Python, Node.js, Ruby, PHP, and .NET help you get started in minutes.

Rackspace Cloud Mobile. Quickly and easily administer your Cloud Files on the go. Download Rackspace Cloud for Windows 8.

Our online control panel and desktop software.

Simple pricing

Avoid sticker shock. Get simple per-GB pricing without confusing pricing variables. No request fees or extra charges for support. The bandwidth (out) charges for CDN-enabled files are the same as for files that are not CDN-enabled. No additional charges for:

Incoming bandwidth and bandwidth from the data center to CDN edge locations.

PUT, POST, LIST, HEAD, GET, and DELETE requests of Cloud Files objects

We serve your content globally with one low cost and no extra fees for traffic in outlying regions.

Freedom to store your files in any specific Cloud Files data center

HTTP CDN requests

Global presence

Cloud Files has infrastructure located in data centers worldwide—including Dallas, Chicago, Northern Virginia, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong—plus over 200 global content delivery network (CDN) edge locations.


With 24x7x365 monitoring and operations teams, let us worry about uptime for you.


All files have three replicas that are written to three separate storage nodes with dual power supplies.

Private containers

All traffic between your application and Cloud Files uses SSL to establish a secure, encrypted channel.

CDN containers

When you enable a container for CDN, your media files receive a web-ready URL that you can share with anyone.

Static website hosting

Host static websites (for example: blogs, brochure sites, small company sites) entirely from Cloud Files with a global CDN.

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Advanced API

Access advanced features and manage Cloud Files programmatically with the Rackspace Cloud API. Our open-source and fully supported developer tools for Java, Python, Node.js, Ruby, PHP, and .NET help you get started in minutes.

Temporary URLs

Create temporary URLs that give direct, private access to your Cloud Files objects for a specified period of time.

Expiring objects

For Cloud Files objects you don't need indefinitely, such as log files or recurring full backups, set an expiration time, and the objects will be deleted automatically.

Object versioning

Manage your evolving data more effectively by saving multiple versions of the same file with object versioning.

Large file support

Upload very large files, like videos, HD movies, or backups, in multiple file segments. Segmented large files will be downloaded as a single file.

Manage storage

Manage your storage services programmatically.

Create, list, and delete containers.

Create, list, retrieve, update, copy, and delete objects.

Retrieve account and container metadata.

Retrieve and update object metadata.

Manage CDN services

Manage your content delivery network (CDN) services programmatically.

Create and list CDN-enabled containers.

List and update CDN-enabled container metadata.

Purge CDN-enabled containers and objects.

Serve CDN-enabled containers via SSL.

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Content delivery network

Our content delivery network (CDN) can cache your content at hundreds of edge locations worldwide, close to your users, providing blazing fast delivery.

And for a general-purpose CDN solution that works with any website or application—not just Cloud Files—take a look at Rackspace CDN.

No minimum usage, contracts, or additional charges

Cloud Files and CDN require no long-term contracts or minimum usage. Just sign up, pay as you go, and use the services you need when you need them.

CNAME support

Turn your CDN URLs into shorter, branded URLs. With CNAMEs, you can brand your website any way you want to.

SSL support

Add security to your content delivery. With Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) delivery, objects are encrypted as they pass between the origin server, the CDN edge servers, and users browsers.

Edge purge

Prevent having outdated content cached on the edge servers by expiring content on the edge servers before the object's time to live (TTL) has expired.

HTTP compression

Automatically compress otherwise uncompressed data (like text files) before it’s sent across the Internet. This makes your data objects smaller, reducing bandwidth fees and offering faster overall response times.

HTTP streaming

Reduce video start time and enable random seek by streaming video directly from the server. You can serve videos via the JW Player, FlowPlayer, or OSMF plugins, or natively to iOS devices.

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