Coinciding with the much-anticipated release of the iPad 2, Rackspace is releasing version 2.0 of its iOS app for Rackspace Cloud. The new app provides system administrators tremendous flexibility in managing their Cloud Servers and Cloud Files and the freedom to do so from virtually anywhere.
“With this app, we fully implemented everything in the API,” explains Mike Mayo, Senior Developer of Mobile Apps for Rackspace Hosting. “[With the original iOS app], we were mostly trying to hurry up and get an app out in time for launch date. This time, we spent more time on it. We give you more control of your cloud servers, better control of your cloud files, better ways to access cloud files. You can now open them, print them, stream media to an Apple TV—pretty much everything you could possibly pull off on the iPad.”
The app allows you to see all the Cloud Servers on your account and view details about each server. You can create new cloud servers, rename Cloud Servers, resize Cloud Servers and perform hard and soft reboots. It is functionally the same, feature-for-feature, for both the iPad and iPhone, and, given how intuitive the user interface is for the iOS, using these apps to control your servers can even be faster than doing it from your web browser.
Best of all, the app frees system administrators to get out from behind their desks. “The best use for this is if you are a sysadmin controlling resources on our cloud. Get this app and something like iSSH, and then you have everything you need to [manage your Cloud Servers].”