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Cloud Server Overview

Cloud Server Overview

A cloud server is a Virtual Private Server (VPS) on Hostwinds' Cloud platform. Cloud servers are virtualized within our Cloud platform using enterprise drives and hardware for dedicated resources your server utilizes. They can be quickly created in just a few clicks of your mouse and customized to meet your needs. SSD Cloud and Unmanaged SSD Cloud Hostwinds plans fall into the cloud server category.

Cloud Server Options

Template-Backed Options

Cloud offerings are in template-backed preset resource allocations (RAM, CPU Cores, Disk Space, Bandwidth) options ranging from 1 to 10. The entry-level option (option 1) has the lowest allocated resources. The highest option (option 10) has the most. An example of our managed Linux options, highlighting CPU, RAM, Disk Space in GB, and Bandwidth, can be found here.

Template-backed options are a cheaper alternative to our Custom Cloud offerings. They are generally the best choice for 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 server.

We offer these options in SSD cloud offerings.

The only resource you can add without upgrading to a new option is a volume. Once a volume is purchased, it can be mounted and partitioned to your server.

Unmanaged Cloud

Unmanaged cloud hosting plans are provided at a reduced price, as they receive zero support assistance from Hostwinds staff. These servers are best for Hostwinds clients who are highly knowledgeable in the operating system they've selected. If one chooses to go this route, self-support is the only way to fix any issues you encounter.

Unmanaged services can be upgraded to managed services at any time through your Cloud Control Panel. If you have further questions about upgrading unmanaged services, please reach out to us via LiveChat or via a support ticket.

Technical Specs

Template-Backed Options

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

  • CPU Cores: 1 - 16
  • RAM: 1GB - 96GB
  • Disk Space: 30GB - 750GB
  • Bandwidth: 1TB - 9TB
  • Port Speed: 1Gbps

Hourly Servers

All of our cloud hosting options have the choice to be billed hourly. If you're not sure how long you'll require a server, or perhaps you want to try something out quickly, hourly billed servers are perfect for you. Upon ordering an hourly cloud product, the server instantly spins up, and we only bill for your actual usage. Once you cancel the server, we stop billing for it.

Operating System Selection

Operating Systems:

  • cPanel (CentOS 7 + cPanel)
  • CentOS
    • CentOS 6
    • CentOS 7
    • CentOS 8
  • Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu 14.04
    • Ubuntu 16.04
    • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Fedora
    • Fedora 25
    • Fedora 26
    • Fedora 27
    • Fedora 28
    • Fedora 29
  • Debian
    • Debian 8
    • Debian 9
  • Windows Server
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2016

Application Servers:

  • WordPress
  • LAMP Stack
  • Joomla!
  • Minecraft
  • CPVLab
  • CentOS Web Panel
  • LEMP Stack
  • Virtualmin
  • Webmin
  • Plesk
  • Vesta Control Panel
  • FreePBX
  • Magento 2
  • OwnCloud
  • OpenVPN
  • ISPManager
  • MEAN Stack
  • PrestaShop
  • Visual Composer
  • Drupal
  • Nextcloud
  • osCommerce
  • PhpBB
  • Kanboard

ISOs Provided:

  • Debian
    • 9
  • CentOS
    • 6.9 i386 minimal
    • 6.9 x86_64
    • 7 i386 minimal
    • 7 x86_64 minimal
  • Alpine Linux
    • 3.7.0 Virtual x86_64
  • Clear Linux
    • 22690
  • CoreOS
    • Container Linux 1745.5.0
  • Devuan
    • 1.0.0 i386
    • 1.0.0 x86_64
  • FreeNAS
    • 11.1 x86_64
  • NixOS
    • 18.03 i386
    • 18.03 x86_64
  • OpenBSD
    • 10.3 i386
    • 10.3 x86_64
  • pfSense
    • CE 2.4.3 x86_64
  • Ubuntu
    • 14.04 Desktop i386
    • 14.04 Desktop x86_64
    • 14.04 Server i386
    • 14.04 Server x86_64
    • 16.04 Desktop i386
    • 16.04 Desktop x86_64
    • 16.04 Server i386
    • 16.04 Server x86_64
    • 18.04 Desktop x86_64
    • 18.04 Server x86_64
  • VyOS
    • 1.1.8 i586
    • 1.1.8 x86_64
  • Fedora
    • 27 x86_64
    • 28 x86_64
  • FreePBX
    • 14 x86_64
  • FreeBSD
    • 10.4 Release i386
    • 10.4 Release x86_64
    • 11.1 Release i386
    • 11.1 Release x86_64
  • Arch Linux
    • 2018.06.01 x86_64

Additional charges may apply for application licenses.

Available Add-ons

There are several additional add-ons one can order for their Hostwinds cloud server.

Basic Server Monitoring

Our monitoring service is highly customizable and submits a support ticket on your behalf should your service fail a check or test. Our support technicians review and resolve the issue without any interaction required, often before clients know that a problem may have even occurred. Hostwinds recommends our monitoring service if a system-critical service runs on your server.

Cloud Backups

Our Cloud Backups services allow for customization of the backup contents, the timing of the backups, and how long you retain the backup. You can do this from the backup configuration file at any time. You'll be able to perform restores yourself and manage your data retention with ease. If you have further questions about our Cloud Backups, please reach out to us via LiveChat.

DDoS Protected IPs

Our DDoS-protected IPs allow your server to withstand possible network attacks and filter malicious traffic keeping your website and server online. You have complete control of your DDoS-protected IPs. You can manage both the filter status and layer 7 filtering. If you have further questions about our DDOS protection, please reach out to us via LiveChat.

Hostwinds Site Migrations

We offer website migrations for cloud servers during their initial 60 days of service. Once you've ordered your server, submit a technical 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 successful and without any errors
  • Update you once completed, confirming it's safe to switch your nameservers over to your new hosting package

If you are not sure how to update your nameservers, let us know. We can additionally assist with these changes, too, if needed.