Mobile Commerce

Zipline Links With Rackspace To Drive Money Transfer Messaging App

Managed cloud company Rackspace and Zipline Labs, a mobile payments platform, said Tuesday (June 16) that Zipline will use the Rackspace platform to power its application and API.

Zipline debuted last month in both the Apple App Store and Google Play, and the mobile app, the company said in the release, “aims to make sharing money with friends as easy as sending a picture.” The app is billed as the first bank-compliant messaging platform that can connect directly to its users’ bank accounts. By using Zipline, end parties can send gifts and reimbursements to one another individually or in groups.

Zipline noted in a separate statement on Rackspace’s site that its relationship with Rackspace can help scale “conversations” that involve money transfer (but those conversations might, ideally, not be only about money) between, say, three people or even as many as 3,000 users.

Zipline and Rackspace’s pairing will utilize the latter’s Managed Cloud and DevOps Automation Service in order to ensure uptime and real-time messaging capability, the companies said.

“When people download our app, they typically download it with a friend or group of friends, and they want to see their conversation happening in real-time, including any money transfers,” said Kirk Bowman, Zipline’s founder, who in the release stated that Rackspace’s DevOps Automation Service can help deliver the “scale needed for our application to maintain uptime as it grows exponentially with our recent release on the iOS and Android app stores.”

Zipline has said it field-tests its application and makes modifications in real time by “pushing new code into production and making necessary updates.” Rackspace allows for rapid response by deploying rapid fixes to issues identified in the server setting.


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