Chapter 1. Introduction

Rackspace Cloud Files™ is an affordable, redundant, scalable, and dynamic storage service offering. The core storage system is designed to provide a safe, secure, automatically re-sizing and network-accessible way to store data. You can store an unlimited quantity of files and each one can be as large as 5 gigabytes. Users can store as much as they want and pay only for storage space they actually use.

Additionally, Cloud Files provides a simple yet powerful way to publish and distribute content behind the industry-leading Akamai Content Distribution Network (CDN). Cloud Files users get access to this network automatically without having to worry about contracts, additional costs, or technical hurdles.

Cloud Files allows users to store/retrieve files and CDN-enable content via a simple REST (Representational State Transfer) web service interface. There are also language-specific APIs that utilize the REST API to make it much easier for developers to integrate into their applications.

For more details on the Cloud Files service, please refer to http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/files/.