OpenStack Swift GUI Tools, in Other Words; OpenStack Swift GUI Clients are Rare Species, Here are Some Free/Open Source Python Based Tools. OpenStack is an amusing software, it is really good and robust, unfortunately the Robustness is limited by number of cross-vendor application development. OpenStack is usually not a choice for the Enterprise, the basic reason is; it is tad hard to develop software as client. Most hunts to find some OpenStack Swift GUI Tools for basic usage, like changing the Expire Headers, changing the TTL and add other Headers for the associated CDN.
OpenStack Swift GUI Tools : Python and java Are Practical Ways
If you only want to upload objects to OpenStack Swift in bulk, we will recommend to read our guide for Command Line Tool named Python Swift Client. If you want to upload stuffs for WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin then read this guide.
We can give near 100% warranty that these two guides will universally work for OpenStack Swift. If you are Rackspace Client, you need not to use these, you have API to work with. These are mostly for KeyStone based authentication.
OpenStack Swift GUI Tools
You can search with the name to find the tools in any web search tool.
Cyberduck is most commonly known Tool for getting a GUI. It has around 50% success rate for authentication. It does not work with HP Cloud’s version 2.0 setup, try once or twice for HP Cloud. Cyberduck is official “Partner” of HP Cloud, we have doubt whether they have tested with the latest setup.
Less known, but SwiftExplorer is written in java and works in 30% cases. It has a primitive looking GUI which can deliver any OpenStack Swift user a feel like 1/3rd glass of water after walking 200 KM in some deadly desert.
Zato is the most advanced tool :
This is what, in modified form is used by Rackspace. Success rate is near 100% as it is Python based. Setup can feel complicated to a beginner.
Django Swift Browser
We have written how to install Django Swift Browser in other guide. Success rate is around 80% but setup is complex for a new user.
OpenStack Swift GUI Tools : Conclusion
Basically, the method to connect with OpenStack Swift for CDN to modify data is quite complex. It is very difficult work as making the thing easy will hack (security compromise, not in the sense of Free Software Development) the CDN provider (usually Akamai). Basically if Akamai gave a way to interact for the second hand clients, it would be easier.
For these complex reasons, OpenStack Swift Storage and CDN is least costly. If you can develop an universal tool which has all the functions like Rackspace Web GUI, you’ll become very popular person. Rackspace Web GUI uses Zato, but actually they are the provider, not client.
If you want to develop tool, start from that Python Swift Client (CLI tool). Python is the practical, fail proof way to authenticate, cURL is the most pathetic way, PHP needs other stuffs to install to work. PHP binding is not that easy, that is why for KeyStone Auth based Storages, there is virtually no Plugin for WordPress, so far. For developing a WordPress plugin, one need to consider many parameters – like the user can be using a shared hosting.
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