Cloud Files overview

  • Last updated on: 2018-12-13
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

Cloud Files is an affordable, redundant, scalable, and dynamic storage service offering. The core storage system is designed to provide a safe, secure, automatically resizing, and network-accessible way to store data.

You can store an unlimited quantity of files ranging in size from a few bytes to extremely large files. You can store as much as you want, and you pay only for the storage space that you use.

Cloud Files makes it easy to serve content through the Akamai content delivery network (CDN), which enables you to take advantage of a proven, world-class CDN that’s affordable and easy to use.

Cloud Files also enables you to store and retrieve files and CDN-enable content with a simple web service (REST) interface.

Ideal uses for Cloud Files

The Cloud Files service is an excellent storage solution for a number of scenarios and is well suited for a number of applications. The following list includes some of the ideal uses for Cloud Files:

  • Backing up or archiving data
  • Serving images and videos (streaming data to users’ browsers)
  • Serving content with a world-class CDN (Akamai)
  • Storing secondary or tertiary, static, web-accessible data
  • Developing new applications with data storage integration
  • Storing data when predicting storage capacity is difficult
  • Storing data for applications affordably

Benefits of using Cloud Files for backups

Using Cloud Files to back up your data provides the following benefits:

  • Mission-critical data is backed up safely in a secure, offsite location.
  • Backups enable disaster recovery.

Key concepts

Cloud Files isn’t a file system in the traditional sense. You can’t map or mount virtual disk drives like you can with other forms of storage such as a storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS). Because Cloud Files is a different kind of storage solution, we recommend that you take a few moments to review some key concepts.

Using Cloud Files

You can access Cloud Files by using the Cloud Control Panel, a browser-based, intuitive, easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI). The Cloud Control Panel enables you to manage your Cloud Files containers and objects without any programming knowledge. From the Cloud Control Panel, you can CDN-enable a container by marking it public. Any objects stored in a public, CDN-enabled container are directly accessible over the CDN.

You can also access Cloud Files by using the following tools:

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