The Rackspace Cloud Control Panel – Why It's Better

If you have been in the hosting business or simply hosting your own web sites for any length of time, you are probably familiar with the most popular commercial control panels on the market: Plesk, cPanel & Ensim. These control panels, while powerful in many respects often introduce more trouble than they are worth in the form of increased resource overhead, buggy implementations, cost, usability, etc.

The Rackspace Cloud has taken a different approach and decided to design and develop their own control panel in house from the beginning. Today, the Cloud control panel is an extremely powerful tool that is built specifically for the three product offerings from the Rackspace Cloud (Cloud Sites, Cloud Servers & Cloud Files). This control panel has many benefits over using a generic commercial CP, for example:

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[VIDEO] Rackspace Cloud iPhone App For Cloud Servers & Files

If you use Cloud Servers or Cloud Files from the Rackspace Cloud and have an iPhone you definitely need to download the iPhone application for these platforms. It offers a very powerful set of features and options to manage your account including adding new servers, resizing existing servers, rebooting, SSH access, resource monitoring for Cloud Servers and for Cloud Files you can easily list all of your containers and drill down on the content inside, preview content and even email an HTTP url or the file itself directly from your iPhone.

Check out this brief live demonstration I created:

Installing WordPress On Cloud Sites + CDN Support

WordPress is probably the most popular web application we encounter running on Cloud Sites at the Rackspace Cloud and arguably one of the most widely used web apps across the board. I’ve put together a 12 minute video walking you through the installation, setup and configuration process for WordPress on Cloud Sites. I also show the steps for easily enabling clean URLs and uploading the famous CDN Tools WordPress plugin which automatically side loads all of your static content to Cloud Files and serves it over the Limelight CDN, all behind the scenes.

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UPDATED: Using Cloud Files & The Limelight CDN

In the past few months the Rackspace Cloud development team has made significant improvements to the built in file manager inside the control panel. I’ve recorded a new video demo using the latest and greatest which now has a much nicer look/feel and supports multiple file uploads.

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Rackspace / Mosso Cloud Files Demo

Below is a short video tutorial I put together showing how easy it is to get up and running using the Rackspace Cloud Files platform. It demonstrates uploading content to Cloud Files through the file manager utility in the Rackspace Cloud control panel and how to enable caching through the Limelight global CDN network with just a few clicks.

In fact, the video you are watching below is being served straight from Cloud Files through Limelight! Fast isn’t it?

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