New features: Initialization scripts, SSH keys and increased resource limits

  • July 4, 2016

We are excited to announce the release of several highly requested features that will provide you additional tools to automate and manage your cloud infrastructure with even greater ease and scale.

Initialization scripts

UpCloud - Initialization script

When deploying a new cloud server, your first 5 minutes usually consists of the same set of initial tasks. Now those tasks are easier than ever to complete using a new feature called Initialization scripts. An initialization script will get executed on your cloud server when it boots up the first time and the use cases are plenty: install security updates, configure software, upgrade OS-components – the list goes on…

Initialization scripts also support CoreOS’ Cloud-config format and you simply only need to begin the script with #cloud-config to use it. And if the initialization script contains only a single line which begins with http:// or https:// the content is used as a URL address from which the script is fetched and executed during the cloud servers first boot.

You can create and access all your initialization scripts under Servers → Initialization scripts in your control panel.

SSH key management

To make it easier to manage access to your cloud servers, we have added a simple way to add all you users SSH keys to the control panel and have them added to the cloud server as it gets deployed. This allows you to disable password-based access and restrict it to specific SSH keys before the cloud server even gets any network access, keeping your server secured.

View and manage your SSH keys under Servers → SSH keys in your control panel.

Increased resource limits

To accommodate our quickly growing user base and better meet the challenges of our users, we have made significant infrastructural upgrades behind the scenes. The tl;dr is that is has allowed us to double the maximum amount of CPU-cores, memory and disk size that you can configure your cloud server with.

Resource New limit Previous limit
CPU-cores 20 cores 10 cores
Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Storage (MaxIOPS and HDD) 2 TB per disk 1 TB per disk

This update provides a significant capacity upgrade for many of our users!

Firewall rule comments

It is now possible to add a comment to each firewall rule, both in the control panel and via our API. This allows you to specify the reason why a rule was created, either for yourself to remember for later or so other users of your account can see it when for example troubleshooting.

And few more things…

We are continuously adding new things to our Github, where you can find our open source Ansible-module, Python API-client and soon to be much more. We love getting feedback from you, so feel free to create issues and submit pull requests!