Easily Manage OpenStack Instances with Hostwinds’ Cloud Control Panel

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If you don’t think that OpenStack is for you, you might want to reconsider. It easily adapts to the situation at hand, providing the power for everything you need without overdoing it.

So you’re never paying for more than what you need, but you’re never short on what’s needed to get the job done.

  • Do you consistently have traffic spikes on certain days of the week?
  • Do you sometimes need to run certain scripts or processes that can be demanding on resources? But you don’t need that running all the time?
  • Does your app’s users normally all login during certain times of the day?


These are all excellent examples where OpenStack shines. It can easily provide enough power to meet the situational demand at peak times, without having to always be cranked up to that level.

You can quickly and easily scale it up or down near-instantly. You can add instances whenever you need and shut ‘em down when you don’t. Whether you need 10 instances available to switch on and off or a thousand, OpenStack can do it.

And our custom Cloud Control Panel makes it easy for anyone to manage OpenStack instances, not just the technically gifted.


Hostwinds Cloud Control Panel

Managing your OpenStack instances at Hostwinds is simple with our custom Cloud Control Panel. Whether you want to organize your instances with easier to remember server names, setup firewalls for certain instances or create new instances based on snapshots of previous server setups…you can do it all here in one place.

Simply login to your client area and find Cloud Control and select Cloud Portal in the top navigation menu. Once you click on it, you’ll be presented with your very own Cloud Control Panel where you can manage all of your instances (You can also click on any one of them to be taken to its respective Instance Management Panel).

Here’s a quick glimpse of what you’ll find in your Cloud Control Panel and what you can do there…



The first thing you’ll see will be the page you viewed the last time you logged in. The first time you’ll log in, you’ll be on the fist tab of the navigation menu at top: Instances.

Here you’ll see a list of all your instances. You can set friendly names to make all your instances easier to remember, as well as perform a variety of bulk actions across selected instances.

If you want to work with one particular instance or see detailed information about it, simply click the name of that instance to be taken to the Instance Management Panel.


SSH Keys

The second tab in the menu is SSH Keys. This is where you can decide which of your SSH keys should be associated with this instance. You can also change passwords for them if needed. Keep in mind that if you add or remove an SSH key, you’ll need to reboot for it take effect.



The next section you’ll find is the Firewalls tab. This is where you can view your firewall profiles, as well as create new ones. You can determine which firewall rules will apply to each profile, which control both inbound and outbound requests. You also have the flexibility to apply a profile to any or all of your instances as you see fit.

To see more about how Hostwinds Firewall Profiles work, visit our Firewalls guide here.



Volumes make it easy to store data that you need for specific instances or situations. They’re readable and writable, so there are lots of ways they come in handy.

Do you need to temporarily store logs for testing? Create a volume that’s easy to attach, then detach when you’re done. Do you need a place to store backups? It’s normally going to be cheaper to create a volume than it would be to increase your disk space to accommodate the data.

Want to see how it works in detail? See our guide for managing volumes here.



Think of snapshots as just that… a picture taken of exactly how your instance is setup and configured. Once you have a snapshot in hand, you can easily deploy a copy of that instance. If you’ve taken the time to setup, test and perfect an instance to be exactly what you need, you don’t have to go through all that again. Simply take a snapshot and spin up a new instance that’s exactly the same.

We have a guide here for managing your snapshots.


Object Storage

Next is Object Storage. Object-based storage is ideal for storing vast amounts of unstructured data. If you’ve purchased any backup services at Hostwinds, you’ll notice that they’re stored using block-based storage. You can view them at anytime by visiting this section.

You can also create a second object-based storage container for whatever you might need it for.

Get the details on how to use your Object Storage here.



The last tab is Billing. Though pretty self-explanatory, it’s definitely important and should be included, right? Here you can view your cloud-based billing charges, right down to the hour. You can view the time increment of your choice to see exactly what you were charged and when.

Visit our Billing Overview for detailed information and to understand your invoices.



There may seem to be a lot when you look at managing OpenStack instances, but Hostwinds clients have everything in one easy to use panel. Our Cloud Control Panel gives you complete control and helps you see exactly what’s running and how much it costs.

Have you found the new Cloud Control Panel to be helpful? Is there something you’d like to see added that isn’t already included? Let us know below!

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