Connecting to CloudFiles

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 with on the internal Rackspace network, ServiceNet.

If you are not familiar with Cloud Files, see the product information at

To view or download the Cloud Files API documentation, go to You can also access the documentation and some code samples from Code samples are available for PHP, Python, and Java.

How to Connect

To connect, you must use the internal network host name. The host name is the Cloud Files storage URL with snet- prepended to it. Be aware that even though you are not chared for bandwidth when you use ServiceNet to connect, you are still charged for requests and storage.

You can locate your Cloud Server data center in the following ways:

  • Cloud Control Panel —On the main Cloud Files page in the Control Panel, locate your Cloud Files data center in the Region column.
  • Through the API— Your Cloud Files data center is located in the storage URL that is returned when you authenticate to Cloud Files. For more information, see Retrieving the Authentication Token.


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