SFTP Access to CDN
The idea would be able to FTP/SFTP into our CDN here at Rackspace. With us having over 100 files and adding more each day this would greatly streamline our production line.
Thanks for the feedback. We’ll keep these votes and comments in mind as we evaluate this option for our product line.
I just want to add that Cyberduck WAS a good option for this, however recently Cyberduck is having issues with crashing, several people have reported it, however the developers are not working on a fix for it. It would be lovely to have SFTP access as a back up since currently the only backup I have been able to find by talking to customer support has been to use the control panel which is painfully slow when you are used to using Cyberduck to upload several files at once to different folders on Cloud Files :(
Maldivica Support commented
We provide a tool that will take care of uploading files to Cloud Files for you. We deploy as a virtual appliance and expose a NAS interface so files copied locally to the share are moved to Cloud Files for CDN distribution or just cloud storage. Check it out: www.maldivica.com Online signup and download or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about special pricing.
I've been testing with cloudfiles for a while... On the delivery end, I am quite happy with it...
But getting my content on to the CDN is just RIDICULOUSLY hard. The only official tool is the web-gui, which in no way is the way to go when needing to upload 10,000+ files.
There are 3rd party tools (like cyberduck), but I am anything but impressed with them. When talking to support, I was pointed to the API, but I refuse to build my own upload client just to get files on to web storage...
There are industry standard protocols for file transfer (FTP, SFTP, FTPS, etc.). These really ought to be supported!
SFTP would be awesome since that's what our devs are used to now. However, we would need per-user accounts rather than one massive shared one. We've got 10+ devs working on this stuff...password management and security would be a nightmare. @Nate...anyone doing PCI compliance will hate WebDav...it is notoriously hard to configure in a way that won't get flagged. So if you don't care about PCI, by all means, but I hope this would be configurable to turn off permanently on an admin level.
Brad Knowles commented
I've tried cloudfuse. Not only is it slow, it doesn't support full filesystem semantics, like symbolic links or setting the date/time stamp on a file once it's been copied over. I'm now looking at s3ql, ElasticDrive, and JungleDisk.
Vishnu Kumar D R commented
This would make our life when using Cloud Servers,
A rsync backup takes **** of a time on cloudfuse.
SFTP/SSH will do very good to linux based servers.
You might get some substantial use out of a mountable filesystem for Cloud Files: https://github.com/redbo/cloudfuse
It works pretty well, I've personally untarred gigs of data into it and just let it churn them out into the CF container. ymmv
CyberDuck is ok but it is limited to Windows. For those of us with many thousands of files on our linux servers it is of no help at all. Also, CyberDuck gets confused and sometimes tries to delete files it just deleted and thus reports bogus errors. It also sometimes reports incorrect container sizes. In my experience it isn't really reliable, enough for me to recommend anyway.
@Nate, @Jonathan - check out cyberduck http://cyberduck.ch/ as it supports the rackspace cloudfiles containers, and gives you a pretty darn nice interface for managing lots of files. We use it for deploying our static assets for our websites with no problems.
Nate Silva commented
I would also be happy with WebDAV access — any way to get thousands of files in and out that doesn’t require a specialized app.
Jonathan Williamson commented
Having FTP access would save hours of time!