Rackspace Offers Partner-Developed Cloud Tools
The new tools further expands on Rackspace’s prior control panel and provisioning system for The Hosting Cloud, which was launched last year. The new site is intended to match purchasers with corporations and independent developers building services on The Rackspace Cloud platform that expand the functionality and openness of cloud computing. The Cloud Tools site displays tools and applications developed on The Rackspace Cloud in 4 classes, including Monitoring & Reporting, Development Tools, System Management and Customer Software.
For precise tools, users can view screenshots and user ratings, review user feedback and view demo videos then was directed to the strategic partner’s website for download. The site also has a “From the Community” section offering independent developers a method to publish their tools built using The Rackspace Cloud APIs and offer them to consumers.
There also are tools from 15 other partners and developers including Beanstalk, Cloud Mobile, Cloudkick, Django Cumulus, Elastic Rack, enStratus, jclouds, Jungle Disk, LibCloud, Olark Live Website Chat, rPath, SOASTA, Sonian, Vanilla, and Zeus. Other corporations and developers have also claimed that they’re planning to make their tools, applications and services available in the coming weeks. A few of these tools are free while others can be bought at a price established by the developer.
“At Rackspace, it’s a real concern to continually search out new occasions to connect our patrons with quality services,” announces Jim Curry, vice chairman of corporate development at Rackspace Hosting. “This tool-sharing service, together with our commitments to collaborate with the community to build an open cloud, lays the foundation for a large ecosystem. With the fresh release of our APIs, we’ve seen an inflow of interest in developing applications for our cloud computing offerings and we’re happy to pronounce that such applications can be featured in our new Cloud Tools site.