Our team has been working on implementing and making available a custom OpenStack dashboard so that customers of our virtual private servers and Pentesting Machines can utilse that full functionality of the OpenStack API.
Once implemented customers will be able to boot, restart, shutdown and even rebuild their instances all from their OpenStack Dashboard. Currently customer are restricted to rebooting, rebuilding and shutting down their instances but once we roll out the new dashboard customer will enjoy many more additional extras that will be made available to them. These include :-
- The ability to build their own instances
- Assign and create their own networks as well as assigning public ip addresses
- Create volumes and attach them to their Instance
- Extend Storage capacity and CPU/RAM resources.
- Create or Add your own SSH keys and have them injected into your Instance
Once this is rolled out we will be changing our billing model where customers will be required to adds funds to their account before creating instances. These funds will allow customers to build their own VPS Instance using these funds with their own specifications. Customers can use these funds to create as many Instances as they like providing the customer has enough credit in their account. When customers credit reaches a low threshold they will receive an email reminding them to add funds or they can let their Instance expire and it will be deleted and removed from our system.
The new OpenStack Dashboard will also benefit our Kali Linux and other Penetration testing VPS Machines too. Our Pentesting customers will still enjoy to performance of our Kali Linux Machines however the new dashboard will enable them to change their IP address at any time without submitting a support request like they do now – customers can even create additional networks and storage volumes depending on their requirements. Very soon we will be building own our Kali Image with full Cloud-Init installed so customers can inject their own SSH keys and use these to login to their VPS. This will enable increased security and forgo the need for passwords however customers using the NoMachine Remtoe Desktop will still need to use a password to use this.
We will update this post with further features as we get closer to the roll-out. This is just another way that OneHost Cloud is further growing and implementing changes to benefit our current and future customers.