Rackspace launches open PHP, Java SDKs for OpenStack

Rackspace is best known for co-founding OpenStack with NASA. As the open source cloud stack moves under the control of an independent foundation, and the OpenStack Summit gets underway, the public/private cloud provider has released two new PHP and Java SDKs targeting developers
Written by Paula Rooney, Contributor

Rackspace has released two software development kits -- one for Java, another for PHP -- to help developers more easily create applications that tap into OpenStack services. 

Rackspace, one of the co-creators of the now independent open source OpenStack code, develops and sells public and private cloud platform software based largely, of course, on OpenStack. 

The SDKs, announced as the Openstack Summit gets underway in San Diego, are open source.

Rackspace plans similar SDKs for Python and Ruby, the company announced. 


"These SDKs each provide a set of API bindings so that programmers do not have to use the REST API directly," the company announced today.

"The first two SDKs available are for Java and PHP. The Rackspace Cloud SDK for Java leverages the popular jclouds open-source library. It has full support for OpenStack Nova (Rackspace Cloud Servers) and OpenStack Swift (Rackspace Cloud Files)," the company announced. "The Rackspace Cloud SDK for PHP uses the Rackspace-developed php-opencloud library, which supports Nova, Swift, Rackspace Cloud Networks (preview access), and Rackspace Cloud Databases. "

Rackspace also plans to extend SDK support to all of its cloud products.


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