A user of the Cloud will typically create or "spin up" one or more virtual machines (VMs or "instances"). He or she then logs into the VM with administrative privileges, installs any desired software, and runs the software applications needed. These applications could be as diverse as a CPU-intensive analysis of particle physics data, or a web service directed towards scholars of literature and the humanities. The advantage is that the Cloud user has complete control over the collection of installed software (the "software stack"). The disadvantage is that the Cloud user must have some degree of experience in installing software and otherwise managing a computer.
Virtual machines can be easily replicated. One can take a "snapshot" of a VM which can then be started again elsewhere. This makes it easy to replicate or scale up a service, and to recover from (for example) a power interruption.
- Quick Start Guide: Walks you through the steps to create a VM (Virtual Machine) and ssh into the VM.
- Cloud resources: Technical description of the available hardware and software.
- Security considerations when running a VM: some details on instance security and best practices
- OpenStack: more details about working with OpenStack.
- Creating a Webserver on CC-Cloud
- FTP server in CC-Cloud
- Maintenance activities and upgrades will be reported at System status
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