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Aug
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Anyone who uses Rackspace for their hosting needs will be glad to know that the company finally released an official Android app into the Market. It allows you to remotely access and admin your servers, offering support for the US, UK and custom API endpoints, as well as support for multiple accounts.

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The app also brings a lot of other useful features to the palm of your hand:

  • List all Cloud Servers in your account
  • Create new Cloud Servers (including from any existing backups)
  • Delete Cloud Servers
  • Resize Cloud Servers
  • Perform Hard and Soft Reboots
  • Manage backup schedules
  • Ping Cloud Servers
  • Rename Cloud Servers
  • Rebuild Cloud Servers
  • Change a Cloud Server's root password
  • View and Create Cloud Files Containers
  • Upload text files to Cloud Files
  • Download and Preview Cloud Files
  • Passcode Lock
  • Detailed Error Handling: if you get an error from the API, you can see exactly what happened with an equivalent curl command to reproduce it in a shell
  • Links to contact Rackspace Fanatical Support via phone or Twitter

The app is free in the Android Market - hit the widget below to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    This is pretty dirty stuff. There is another app from them called Rackspace Cloud which bears v1.0 and has been available since 2010. http://www.appbrain.com/app/rackspace-cloud/com.rackspacecloud.android.

    The new version seems to be 1.1 and supports RackSpace Cloud Files in addition to the Cloud and probably has a whole bunch of new stuff. They added a dot after space and released as a separate app. http://www.appbrain.com/app/rackspace-cloud/com.rackspace.cloud.android

    My guess is they've done it to avoid that 3-star rating that the old app has. Dirty technique, as it bubbled up as a new app. This is gray area here, because the new app does add Cloud Files as far as I can tell.

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      I'm the one who submitted the app and I'm the lead mobile developer for Rackspace.

      I can see how it could look dirty, but the reason for it being a new app is quite different.

      It turns out that when you code sign an Android app, you need to hang onto your keystore or you won't be able to code sign future updates. I wasn't aware of this when I built version 1.0 and ended up losing the keystore, so it wasn't possible for me to submit this app as an actual update (which I would have much preferred, instead of forcing 1.0 users to go back to the Android Market to get the new version). Sorry for the confusion!

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Thanks for the clarification, Mike. Glad to see it was just a key issue.

  • Jon Ropok

    It's nice to see that RackSpace is getting the Mobile Apps it deserves. I've been accessing RackSpace Cloud Files for a while on Android using the SMEStorage client which provides a lot more 'business' type features such as sync, file sharing url's etc. I'm fairly happy with it and wondered if these are features you are at some point going to be adding to the native RackSpace client ?

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      I don't know much about SMEStorage, but you can access CDN URLs for file sharing on both our Android and iOS apps. As for sync, I'm not sure what you mean.

  • Jon Ropok

    Is there support for link expiry and file encryption ?

    For syncing files sync from device to RackSpace and vice-vera. I use this feature on both the SMEStorage iOS and Android Apps quite a lot.

    The details of their Android and iOS Apps are at:

    http://www.smestorage.com/wiki/android
    http://www.smestorage.com/wiki/ismestorage

    If you have a look you'll see what I mean about the sync and link expiry.

    • http://overhrd.com Mike Mayo

      We don't support expiring links, but uploading files from the device will be in a future version.

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