Changing the size of your General Purpose or optimized Cloud Server

In the architecture of General Purpose Cloud Servers and work-optimized servers, you may change the size of your data storage space in one of two ways:

Increasing Available Storage

You can add to the available data storage space of your server by adding Cloud Block Storage volumes. Cloud Block Storage volumes come in two types: SATA for standard performance and SSD for high performance. For more information about Cloud Block Storage, see Create and Attach a Cloud Block Storage Volume.

Changing the Resource Allocation of Your Server (RAM, vCPUs, Network Throughput)

You can increase or decrease the resource allocation of your server, which will change the amount of RAM, vCPUs, data disk, and network throughput. To do this, you must create a new server by performing the following steps:

  1. Create an image of your system disk. (See Create an image or restore a Cloud Server from an image for more information.)
  2. Back up your data disk, either to a Cloud Block Storage volume or with Cloud Backup.
  3. Use the image of your system disk to create a new server with the configuration that you prefer.  From the control panel select Servers then select Create Server.
    Note: Create the server as normal, however, from the Image section you will need to select the image from the Saved tab rather than the stock Rackspace images.
  4. Copy the data from your data disk backup to your new data disk.
  5. When you are satisfied with your new server, delete the old one.

 Additional Resources

You can use Auto Scale to accomplish server resizing keeping your IP address, and have it happen dynamically in response to load. For details, see the Rackspace Auto Scale tip How to use Auto Scale to change the size of your General Purpose or optimized servers.

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