Allow export of a server backup file in CloudFiles as a VM Ware or Virtualbox image
This would allow us to boot the image using VM Ware Fusion or Virtualbox. We could then use that as a local development system. This would ensure that our local development matches the deployment environment.
Planned as part of future NOVA capabilities.
Daniel Sutcliffe commented
Does this idea need to be replicated for 'Cloud Servers (Next Generation)' ?
I've upvoted it but am guessing it is more likely to happen and more useful to me with the NextGen servers.
David E. Filip commented
Yes, I would absolutely love this as well! For two reasons: 1) I am constantly struggling with trying to keep a local development instance in-sync with production Cloud instances (rsync works great with app files, but with OS files on a running system it gets a bit messy sometimes), and 2) I would love to have a local backup of production images so that if anything ever happens and I loose my Rackspace account (my account is hacked or gets accidentally deactivated) I would have an easy way to quickly recover my client's sites [Why would my account get hacked or accidentally deleted? Well, because Rackspace does not permit more than one long to the Cloud CP, I have to share my login account with people at another company who provide backup
support, which has always made me nervous.]
migrate to Virtual Box please.
James Carr commented
I would love this... in fact I am in a situation right now where I would prefer being able to do a test run of updating a client's server without impacting the live site first.