Getting started with Cloud Files streaming

  • Last updated on: 2018-12-13
  • Authored by: Stephanie Fillmon

Streaming content through Cloud Files enables you to deliver video content quickly and easily, without making your users download the content first. They can begin viewing your content immediately and jump around the video stream without needing to buffer.

Because Rackspace uses HTTP delivery for streaming content, you can use the Akamai content delivery network (CDN) to deliver your content. This means that the performance should be identical to the CDN speeds that customers are used to.

CDN-enable the container that holds your streaming content

Before you begin, you must CDN-enable the container that holds your streaming content. Use the following steps to perform this task:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the top navigation bar, select Product > Rackspace Cloud.
  3. Select Storage > Files.
  4. Click the gear icon next to the container that holds your streaming content, then select Make Public (Enable CDN).

Get the container’s streaming URLs

After your container is CDN-enabled, use the following steps to get the container’s streaming URLs:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the top navigation bar, select Product > Rackspace Cloud.
  3. Select Storage > Files.
  4. Click the gear icon next to the container that holds your streaming content, then select View All Links.

The following example shows the CDN links that display:

HTTP: http://cdc4c16471588d4846bf-cc339a649709710bbecd3db1e126ec2b.r3.cf1.rackcdn.com
HTTPS: https://ac3c779acb946eaf4819-cc339a649709710bbecd3db1e126ec2b.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com
Streaming: http://b0c42c537095921be66c-cc339a649709710bbecd3db1e126ec2b.r3.stream.cf1.rackcdn.com
iOS Streaming: http://09ac235af93af07922d6-cc339a649709710bbecd3db1e126ec2b.iosr.cf1.rackcdn.com

Tools for streaming your content

The following list includes several different tools that you can use to stream your content with Cloud Files:

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