The Power of Cloud API's

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The true power of cloud APIs lies not in their functional capabilities (albeit important), but their ability to foster and support a rich and diverse set of cloud tools and applications. What cloud API characteristics help accomplish that and what’s it like to develop against them?

In this session, you’ll hear both the cloud provider and third-party developer perspectives as the recently released Rackspace Cloud Servers API is examined. We’ll look at some of the design aspects of the Cloud Servers API that promote simplicity and ease of use with the goal of rapid adoption. You’ll also learn what Rackspace is doing to promote openness, encourage a vibrant cloud ecosystem, and how you can get involved. You’ll then hear from two developers who, in a matter of days, were able to produce two powerful yet very different applications that leverage Cloud Servers. They’ll share their experiences and discuss their respective applications, a Rackspace Cloud iPhone app and Cloudkick, a cloud management platform.

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Alex Polvi


Alex Polvi is the CEO of Cloudkick, a Y-Combinator funded start-up. Cloudkick specializes in portability and openness between cloud providers. In the past, he has worked on many free/open infrastructure projects for the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and the Oregon State Open Source Lab.

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Michael Mayo


Mike Mayo is the creator of the Rackspace Cloud and Slicehost iPhone apps and builds open source software for the Rackspace Cloud. He has worked for Coupa Software, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and FedEx. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Christian Brothers University, maintains a blog at, and actively talks about technology on Twitter as @greenisus.

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Erik Carlin


Erik Carlin joined Rackspace in 2008 and is a Senior Architect in Rackspace’s cloud division. His focus is on innovation, optimization, and integration of various technologies that span Rackspace products and services. Prior to joining Rackspace, Erik was Chief Infrastructure Architect for SRA International, where he helped architect solutions for large, complex enterprise and government clients. Erik is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a minor in Computer Science.

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  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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