Introducing the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel
The Cloud Control Panel lets you manage your Rackspace Cloud infrastructure through a simple and intuitive interface. This article introduces you to some of the cool features we've put in place that will make your daily administration tasks seem effortless.
At Rackspace, we're continually evolving and growing to provide you with nothing less than an extraordinary experience. As part of our effort, we've made many improvements to our products and how you interact with them. We need a way to let you know where you are and what you're working with, so here are the new names for our Cloud Control Panels and Cloud Servers:
- The Control Panel is called the Cloud Control Panel, or simply, the Control Panel.
- You may be familiar with our older control panel, which is now called the Cloud Sites Control Panel because it is used exclusively for Cloud Sites.
- All Cloud Servers based on the OpenStack Nova framework are called virtual Cloud Servers.
You'll see these new names throughout this article and as soon as you log into the Cloud Control Panel.
You can work with any of the supported Rackspace products by clicking the product name located in the top[ navigation bar of the Control Panel. The product names run along the top of the page and look like this:
With one click, you'll be in the product workspace where you can begin managing your cloud resources. By popular demand, you'll notice that DNS has its own dedicated workspace where you can manage DNS settings for all of our products.
Several exciting features help you organize, find, and efficiently manage your resources no matter the size or shape of your cloud inventory.
Tags let you add customized labels to any of the assets that make up your cloud infrastructure. You are in charge of your tags, and there is no limit to how many or you create or how you assign them. For example, you could distinguish your servers by their functional role, a certain website association, a specific technology, or even by geographical location.
Filters help you find all assets that share these common properties: Tag, Status, Image, RAM, Region, or Type. The list of your filters is located at the left side of your Control Panel screen. When you create and tag assets, the list is automatically populated. When you click a check box next to a filter, the list of assets shows only the matching assets.
Here's an example of what the filters might look like for Cloud Servers:
Notice that tags are also included in the list of filters. This gives you a powerful yet simple way to find only the specific assets you want to work with. For example, you could filter your list of servers to show all 2 GB Cloud Servers that you've tagged as "Production". Using the Status filter, you can drill down even further and find the servers that are currently Running, Offline, or have a different status.
With a convenient and fast search field in the upper right corner of each asset listing (servers, files, and load balancers) you have yet another method for locating any asset, simply by entering part of the asset name, tag, or IP address in the search field.
Using tags, filters, and search, your cloud inventory can grow to any size and you'll still be able to promptly locate and manage any asset.
We've added a variety of ways to perform administrative tasks. It doesn't matter if you're currently looking at a list of assets or a detailed view of a single asset. There's no need to switch screens or leave your current location to perform a task; every task you might want to perform is right where you need it.
The Actions Cog, Actions Menu, and the Edit Pencil
- When viewing resouces in a list, click the actions cog to the left of the asset name and you'll find a drop-down menu with all available actions for that asset. The actions cog is always part of every list, whether it's a list of servers, files, or load balancers. The following screenshot shows the Actions cog drop-down menu for a Cloud Server named 1TestVyatta:
- If you're looking at the details of a specific asset, you'll find the Actions drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the page.
- You'll also see that you can edit an existing setting for a resource by clicking the edit pencil that appears next to the asset description. For example, you could resize this server, change the image, or add a record by selecting the option that appears after the description for each setting.
Whenever you perform an administrative action on an resource, you'll see a window that lets you modify the settings or perform an action without taking you to another screen. This makes modifying an asset much faster since you don't have to wait for the page to reload.
Accessing the Cloud Sites Control Panel
You can reach the Cloud Sites Control Panel by selecting the option from the drop-down menu under your account user name located in the upper right corner of any page in the Cloud Control Panel.
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