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What Is A Cloud Instance?

Cloud Instances are VPSs (Virtual Private Servers) on the Hostwinds’ Cloud platform. These instances are virtualized within our Cloud platform using Enterprise drives and hardware for the dedicated resources your instance utilizes.

Cloud Instances can be quickly spun up in just a few clicks of your mouse and can be customized to tailor to your needs.


Which Products Are Considered A Cloud Instance?

All of the following Hostwinds plans fall into the Cloud Instance category:

  • SSD Cloud (1-10) / Unmanaged SSD Cloud (1-10)
  • HDD Cloud (1-10) / Unmanaged HDD Cloud (1-10)
  • SSD Custom Cloud / Unmanaged SSD Custom Cloud
  • HDD Custom Cloud / Unmanaged HDD Custom Cloud


What Are The Differences Between These Products?

Template-Backed Options:

Cloud offerings are provided in template-backed options of preset resource allocations (RAM, CPU Cores, Disk Space, Bandwidth). Options range from 1-10. The entry level option (option 1) has the lowest amount of allocated resources. And the highest option (option 10) has the most.


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Example of our Managed Linux Options, highlighing CPU, RAM, Disk Space in GB and Bandwidth, found here


Template-backed options are a cheaper alternative to our Custom Cloud offerings and are generally the best choice in terms of affordability and the resources provided.

You can upgrade your level at any time from your Cloud Control Panel. You can choose from upgrading to a higher template-backed option to go with a Custom Cloud instance.

We offer these options in both HDD and SSD cloud offerings.

If you require more explicit amounts of resources that don’t follow the template-backed structure, you should look into our Custom Cloud instance offerings.


The only individual resource that can be added without upgrading to the next option is volume.  Once volume is purchased, it can be added/mounted and partitioned to your server.


Custom Cloud:

Custom Cloud offerings are for users who have very specific requirements in terms of an instance’s resources. With a Custom Cloud instance, you can choose exactly what you need.

This could result in a server with 30GB of disk space, 16CPU Cores and 32GB of RAM. It’s completely up to you and your requirements for the instance.

You can move to a Template-backed option from your Custom Cloud instance at anytime through your Cloud Control panel.


Unmanaged Cloud: 

Hostwinds offers two tiers of support overall: Fully Managed and Unmanaged. The unmanaged cloud offerings are at a reduced price, as they receive zero support assistance from Hostwinds staff. These instances are reserved for users who are very knowledgeable in the Operating System they’ve selected. If you choose to go this route, you need to be capable of self-supporting any issues you encounter.


Unmanaged services can be upgraded to manage at anytime through your Cloud Control Panel.  For further information, please review: How To Upgrade Unmanaged To Managed.


Technical Specs

Template-Backed Options:

The minimum/maximum resources available for our template-backed options are listed below:

  • CPU Cores: 1-16
  • RAM: 512MB -64GB
  • Disk Space: 20GB-500GB
  • Bandwidth: 1TB-9TB
  • Port Speed: 1Gbps


Custom Cloud:

The minimum/maximum resources available for our Custom Cloud offerings are listed below:

  • CPU Cores: 1-16
  • RAM: 512MB -64GB
  • Disk Space: 25GB-750GB
  • Bandwidth: 1TB-10TB
  • Port Speed: 1Gbps


Hourly Instances

All of our cloud offerings are capable of being billed on an hourly basis. If you’re not certain how long you’ll require an instance, or perhaps you just want to try something out really quickly, hourly billed instances are perfect for you.

The instance will be spun up once ordered and you’ll only be billed for your actual usage. Once you’ve terminated the instance, you’ll no longer be billed.


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What Comes With My Instance?

All Cloud instances come with full root (Linux)/administrator(Windows) control of the instance. You have the option of installing, modifying and tweaking any aspect of your server.

You’re also given administrative tools to manage your server at a higher level through your Cloud Control panel.

The following are various management tools that you’ll have access to via Cloud Control:

  • Ability to add/remove additional IPv4 and IPv6 IPs
  • Manage rDNS for IPv4/IPv6 IPs
  • Password management
  • Firewall management
  • View bandwidth usage
  • Manage/attach additional disk volumes
  • View raw console output of instance
  • Upgrade or downgrade your instance
  • Management of SSH keys
  • Create and manage instance snapshots
  • Create instance template with recent snapshot of created instance
  • VNC Access to server
  • Power management of server (Boot, reboot, shutdown, etc)


Operating System Selection

Operating Systems:

  • CentOS
    • CentOS 6
    • CentOS 7
  • Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu 14.04
    • Ubuntu 16.04
    • Ubuntu 16.10
    • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Fedora
    • Fedora 24
    • Fedora 25
  • Debian
    • Debian 8
    • Debian 9
  • Windows Server
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2016


Application Instances

  • cPanel (CentOS 7 + cPanel)
  • CPVLab (CentOS 7 + CPVLab)
  • LAMP Stack (CentOS 7 + LAMP)
  • Minecraft (McMyAdmin)
  • WordPress (CentOS 7 + WordPress)


Additional charges may apply for application licenses


Available Addons

There are a number of available, additional addons you can order for your server. These include:


Basic Server Monitoring

Monitoring service that is highly customizable and submits a support ticket on your behalf when your service fails a check/test. This allows our support technicians to review and resolve the issue without your interaction being required.

Our monitoring service is highly recommended if you’re running system critical services on your instance.  For further review, please see:  Monitoring Service Overview.


Cloud Backups

Our Cloud Backups service lets you customize what’s backed up, when it’s backed up and how long it’s retained for. You do all this right from your control panel. You’ll be able to perform restores themselves and manage your data retention with ease.  For further review of our Cloud Backups, please review: Web Hosting Cloud Backups.



WindSpeed is recommended if you’re running a web server and want to ensure that the services are as optimized as possible. Our support technicians will review your current running services and assist in analyzing and optimizing your website’s speed.  For further review of our Windspeed application, please review:  WindSpeed Server Optimization Service.



WindShield allows our support technicians to review and perform a security audit on your instance. They’ll configure firewall policies and harden your server to assist in preventing possible server compromise.  For further review of our WindShield application, please review:  Windshield Server Security Service.


DDoS Protected IPs

Our DDoS protected IPs allow your server to withstand possible network attacks and filter the malicious traffic. This will help keep your website/server online. You have complete control of your DDoS protected IPs. You can manage both the filter status and Layer 7 filtering.  For further review of our DDOS protection, please review:  DDoS Protection Overview.


Does Hostwinds Offer Site Migrations?

Yes! We offer website migrations for unmanaged cloud instances during their initial 30 days of service, and fully managed cloud instances. Once you’ve ordered your server, submit a support ticket requesting a website migration. You’ll need to provide us with your previous hosting details (Hosting package logins) and our support staff will perform the following:

  • Fully migrate your account to your Hostwinds service
  • Test locally to ensure that the migration was completed successfully and without any errors
  • Update you once completed, confirming it’s safe to switch your nameservers over to your new hosting package


Not sure how to update your nameservers? Let us know! We can do it for you if your domain is already registered with Hostwinds. If not, simply provide us with your registrar’s login details and our support staff can perform this change for you.


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