With PCS (Public Cloud Services) by OVHcloud, you can have an instance up and running within minutes of purchasing your public cloud project. In this article, we will discuss how to quickly and easily deploy a public cloud instance.
- Deploying a Public Cloud Instance
Deploying a Public Cloud Instance
In order to deploy a public cloud instance log in to the OVHcloud Manager, click Cloud in the top-left corner of the page, and then select the public cloud project.
Click the Actions drop-down from the Infrastructure tab and then select the Add a server option.
The following menu will appear:
Use the Pencil button to name the instance whatever you would like. The second option (i.e., the flag) selects the data center in which you wish to deploy the instance. The third option allows you to choose an operating system (by default, Ubuntu 16.04) to install.
Note: If a Windows OS is selected, then a license will automatically be provisioned and you will be billed monthly for it.
If you click on the fourth option, you are able to choose from a list of resource templates (by default, B2-30) for the instance.
The table below gives a brief explanation of the differences between the types of instances:
|Server Type||Guaranteed Resources||Usage|
|General||✓||Development servers, web or business applications|
|Optimized for CPU||✓||Video encoding or other high-performance computing|
|Optimized for RAM||✓||Databases, analysis, and in-memory calculations|
|Shared||—||Testing and development environments|
The "CPU" and "RAM" fields can be individually selected allowing you to customize your instance further should you choose to do so. Bear in mind that you will initially be limited to 20 instances, 20 vCores and 40 GB of RAM across any given project. An increase in the resource limit may be requested by submitting a ticket to our Customer Support team.
Back on the "Add a server" screen, the fifth option (i.e., the key icon) allows you to add an SSH key, which is required to create an instance.
For more information on generating an SSH key, please check out our Managing Your SSH Keys article.
Click the option, enter a name for the SSH key, and paste in the public key itself into the corresponding fields as shown below:
Click the Add this key button to add the key to the instance.
The sixth option (i.e. the gear icon) allows you to input code for OpenStack Heat as well as attach your instance to a vRack. For more information on vRack, please check out our Getting Started with vRack and Configuring vRack for Public Cloud Services articles.
The final option is to choose between hourly or monthly billing. If you intend to use an instance long-term, we would recommend selecting monthly billing as it will be less expensive. However, if the purpose of the instance is for testing, troubleshooting, or short-term development, hourly billing may be the better option as you will only be charged for the time you use the instance.
Note: Please keep in mind that the billing of an instance can be changed from hourly to monthly, but NOT from monthly to hourly.
Lastly, click the Launch now button and your instance will be provisioned momentarily.
Having read this article, you should be able to provision an instance on your public cloud project from the OVHcloud Manager. For further reading about what you can do with your instance, please check out our articles on the Public Cloud Services support page.