NephoScale is a provider offering cloud based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). They enable Virtual servers to be created in their servers. A virtual server is typically one of the many virtual machines that run on a single computer. Although different virtual servers may run on the same physical computer, they function like separate physical computers. Each server is configured to run its own software using its own defined system configuration. Cloud virtual servers scale to increase resources as demand increases. The resources include CPU, RAM and Storage facilities.
Advantages of using cloud virtual servers:
NephoScale homepage is at http://www.nephoscale.com/
There are two virtual servers available for signup at NephoScale.
Cloudlet Virtual Servers
Each server comes with:
Cloudlet virtual server available and their pricing is as below
Cloudlet virtual server pricing is as below
Other Pricing notes
It is suitable for application requiring high performance machines. Offer a significant performance advantage over cloudlet virtual servers. BareMetal dedicated servers are single-tenant standalone physical servers. They are not shared and have one server per user. There is an option to order for a server with solid state drives (SSD) which increase performance.Server types available for BareMetal
NephoScale offers a cloud based storage platform called the ObjectStor cloud storage. It compliments the storage needs for the cloudlet virtual servers and Baremetal Dedicated servers. Storage space scales as required.
The following tutorial is for signing up and setting up a cloudlet virtual server.
To start off, you need to register for a NephoScale account. On the upper right corner of the homepage, there is a signup button. Click on it to begin the signup process. This opens a page where you enter your account credentials. A valid phone number is required. An automated call-back is made for verification.
Billing information is also required. A valid credit card is required for this process.
You are then required to accept the terms and conditions for the services you are about to sign up for.
If accepted, you can proceed with the registration by clicking on the SUBMIT button. A page opens where you enter a 4-digit verification code that is received through a phone call.
After verification, a success page opens
Click here to sign in to the NephoScale portal and create the server. Valid username and password required.
Opens the NephoScale dashboard.
Click on the Server tab. We are going to create a cloud server. Since we do not have a server yet, click on new to create one.
A page opens where you enter specifications for the server you want to create. The configuration part expects one to specify the instance size in terms of RAM, processor type and storage. I will use 1GB, 1Core, 50GB size.
Then you need to select the operating system you prefer for your server. I will select Windows Server 2008 64-bit
Then you will assign the server name and server hostname. You will also be required to choose access type. I will use the password option
The following options are addresses assigned to the server automatically.
Clicking on submit creates your server. Click on cloud server tab and then refresh the page. You will see the server you just created on the server list.
To get the password for your server, go to keys tab under Server, select the server you wish to view the password and then click on the view tab.
The password to your account is displayed. This is the password you will use while connecting to your server.
You will now need to connect to your server. For windows the Remote Desktop Connection is recommended. To open go to start >Accessories >Remote Desktop Connection
The Remote Desktop Connection dialog opens. Click on the Advanced tab. Click on the Settings button
The Server settings dialog opens. Select the second option where you will specify the Gateway server settings. This is the private IP address used by your server.
Click on ok button to save the settings.
On the General tab enter the computer name as the public address assigned to your server.
Use ‘Administrator’ as the user name and click connect
Windows Security dialog opens where you enter the server password. The one we got from the keys tab.
And the connection begins
And the remote desktop loads.
For more information on connecting to server using other Operating Systems click here.
Overall advantage of using Infrastructure-as-a-service is the cutting of cost in running personal servers which would require expensive hardware and high maintenance cost. Other providers of IaaS include cloudsigma, rackspace.
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