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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 tailor to your needs. SSD Cloud and Unmanaged SSD Cloud Hostwinds plans fall into the Cloud Server category.

Cloud Server Options

Template-Backed Options

Cloud offerings in template-backed 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. An example of our Managed Linux Options, highlighting 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 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 upgrade 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 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 Hostwinds Cloud Hosting offerings can be being billed on an hourly basis. 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. The server spins up once ordered, and we only bill for your actual usage. Once you destroy the server, we stop billing for it.

Operating System Selection

Operating Systems:

  • cPanel (CentOS 7 + cPanel)
  • CentOS
    • CentOS 6
    • CentOS 7
  • 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 Addons

There are several available additional addons one can order for a server.

Basic Server Monitoring

Our monitoring service is highly customizable and submits a support ticket on your behalf should that service fail a check/test. Our support technicians review and resolve the issue without any interaction required. Often before clients know that a problem may have occurred. Hostwinds recommends our monitoring service if a system-critical service is running 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 themselves 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/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 unmanaged cloud servers during their initial 30 days of service and fully managed cloud servers. 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 could do it for you if you registered your domain with Hostwinds. If not, provide us with your registrar's login details, and our support staff can perform this change for you.