Amazon is not alone in the cloud: Rackspace, a cloud computing company that was established back in 1998 in Texas, is one of its major competitors. It also founded OpenStack, the open-source operating system for the cloud. So you may have gigabytes or even terabytes of data stored away on Rackspace, but what are you going to do with them?

Fortunately, Xplenty’s data processing platform can help. Xplenty lets you load data from Rackspace Cloud Files and process this data for analysis with a sleek web interface. Whether it’s web server logs, social data, or any other structured or unstructured data, Xplenty can handle everything and in any size. The results can also be saved back to Rackspace just as easily.

Connecting Xplenty to Rackspace

  1. Get an API key from Rackspace.

  2. Log in to Xplenty.

  3. Click the avatar icon on the top right and then “Manage Connections”.

  4. Click “new connection” and then “Rackspace Cloud Files”.

  5. Fill in the connection details and click “test connection” to make sure that it works. If it doesn’t, double check that everything has been filled in correctly. Then click “create rackspace cloud files connection”.
    new rackspace connection

Loading Data from Rackspace

  1. Create a new Xplenty package or load an existing one.

  2. Click “new source” at the top and select “Cloud Storage”.

  3. Edit the component that was just created by clicking it. Select the cloud storage connection and fill in the rest of the fields.
    cloud storage source

  4. Click the green auto-detect schema button on the top right. If it fails, then one of the fields or the connection hasn’t been filled in correctly.

  5. Click “okay” to save the settings.

Saving Data to Rackspace

  1. Click the big plus button under the last component and select “cloud storage destination”.

  2. Edit the component. Select the cloud storage connection (possibly a different one than before) and fill in the rest of the fields.
    cloud storage destination

  3. Click “okay” to save the settings.


Rackspace is an alternative to Amazon for storing data on the cloud, but this data still needs to be processed. Xplenty can seamlessly load data from both of these sources and help you to do so.