Rackspace Debuts 'Cloud Tools' Portal

Cloud infrastructure provider Rackspace on Tuesday announced a new portal that will help showcase and organize tools and applications built by its partners and independent developers.

Dubbed 'Cloud Tools,' the portal organizes partner offerings into four sections: system management, development tools, monitoring and reporting, and client software. It incorporates typical marketplace functions like user reviews, and overall is geared toward building up an ecosystem around Rackspace's service.

Some offerings are fee-based and others are free, but the site doesn't include an e-commerce component. Instead, interested customers click through to vendors' sites to make deals.

Nearly 20 companies are part of the initial rollout for Cloud Tools. Rackspace anticipates more will join soon. The portal will also help independent developers showcase their wares through a "From the Community" feature.

Rackspace competes with the likes of Amazon Web Services in the cloud computing infrastructure market, and uses a similar, pay-as-you-go pricing model.

Tuesday's news follows the company's recent launch of a public API (application programming interface), giving users of its service a finer-grained method of managing deployments. Rackspace has open-sourced the API.

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