Connect SharePoint 2013 To Cloud Files With New Rackspace Cloud Storage App

A few months ago we had the opportunity to take on a project that would bring Rackspace Cloud Files together with SharePoint web sites. This would be in the form of a SharePoint 2013 app where you would have the ability to log into your Rackspace Cloud account and have access to your cloud storage. Since file collaboration and sharing is in high demand, we also wanted to give you the ability to share files stored in your cloud storage with other people — regardless of whether or not that person has access to the SharePoint site. This would be a step toward facilitating collaboration between SharePoint and non-SharePoint users.

Obviously, this was a project we were extremely excited about. Not only did we get an opportunity to dig into SharePoint 2013’s new app model and take a real world use case to the marketplace, but we also got an opportunity to really dig into our Rackspace Cloud Files REST API. The app has been built as a SharePoint-Hosted app in the public market place. This means it is built upon all the latest and greatest web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

The app can now be found in the Microsoft Office store where it can be downloaded for free. SharePoint Site Owners can install the app and start managing files in Cloud Files containers in a matter of minutes. You can add files to existing containers through an easy drag and drop interface; delete files either in bulk or one by one; and even generate a link that can be used to grant file access to non-SharePoint users for specific number of days.

Building the app was a great project. As a team, we learned a lot of lessons and we can’t wait to share those with you and the SharePoint community. We hope this app opens up a world of possibilities for you and other SharePoint users to take advantage of an inexpensive, secure storage option within the Rackspace Cloud as well as enable additional collaboration scenarios that might not have otherwise been possible.

For additional information, check out the following links:

  • Microsoft Office/SharePoint App Store (link)
  • Knowledge Center Article (link)
  • Setup/Demo Video (link)
Jonathan has been working with Microsoft based technologies for over 10 years and has been developing against SharePoint since v2 of the product was released. He especially enjoys exploring the composite nature of the SharePoint platform, asking questions like: “How far can we take the platform without customization and development?” and then following with, “How can we completely solve our problem using .NET/Silverlight/Office etc?” Jonathan holds certifications in Windows Server and SharePoint 2010 Development. When he isn’t tinkering around with SharePoint, Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 and other things nerd, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and beating Shane at golf. You can visit Jonathan at his blog:



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