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 features of the control panel that will make your daily administration tasks seem effortless.

 

Control panel navigation

As of December 2014, some customers will see new navigation in the control panel. All customers will have the new navigation by the middle of January 2015. The new navigation enables Rackspace to offer quick access to an increasing number of products without cluttering your view.

Original navigation

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. Product categories run across the top of the screen with secondary links to product displayed beneath them.

Control panel original navigation

With a few clicks, you'll be in the product workspace where you can begin managing your cloud resources.

New navigation

The new navigation (as of December 2014) offers quick access to more products. Product area headings (Servers, Networking, Storage, Databases, Orchestration, and Backups) run across the top of the screen. To access individual products, click the heading to view a drop-down menu of all the products in that area. For example, the following image shows the menu for Servers.

Rackspace Cloud products are categorized under the following headings:

Servers

  • Cloud Servers
  • Saved Images
  • Auto Scale
  • SSH Keys
  • Message Queueing
  • Cloud Intelligence

Networking

  • Load Balancers
  • Networking
  • Cloud DNS

Storage

  • Block Storage Volumes
  • Snapshots
  • Files

Databases

  • Database Instances
  • Database Backups
  • Configurations
  • Object Rocket
  • Big Data Powered by Apache Hadoop®

Orchestration

  • Stacks

Backups

  • Cloud Server Backups
  • Database Backups

Organization

Several features help you organize, find, and efficiently manage your resources no matter the size or shape of your cloud inventory.

Tags

Tags let you add customized labels to any of the assets that make up your cloud infrastructure. You are in charge of your tags--create as many as you'd like and assign them as needed. For example, you could distinguish your servers by their functional role, a certain website association, a specific technology, or even by geographical location.

Filters

Filters help you find all assets that share the following common properties: Tag, Status, Image, RAM, Region, or Type. The list of your filters is located at the left side of the control panel. When you create and tag assets, the list is automatically populated. When you select a check box next to a filter, the list of assets shows only the matching assets.

An example of what the filters might look like for Cloud Servers:

Tags are included in the list of filters, which 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 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. 

Search

A convenient and fast search field in the upper-right corner of each asset listing gives you another method for locating any asset. Simply enter part of the asset name, tag, or IP address in the search field.

When you use 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.

 

Administrative actions

The control panel provides a variety of ways to perform administrative tasks. Whether you're looking at a list of assets or a detailed view of a single asset, you don't need to leave your current location to perform a task--every task you might want to perform is accessible right where you are.

The Actions cog

When viewing assets in a list, click the actions cog to the left of the asset name to access 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 image 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 screen. 

Edit pencils and options

You can also edit an existing setting for an asset by clicking the edit pencil or option that appears next to the asset description. For example, you could rebuild the image or add a record by clicking the option that appears after the description for each setting.

 

Pop-over boxes

When you perform an administrative action on an asset, a pop-over dialog box lets you modify the settings or perform an action without taking you to another page. You can modify an asset much faster because you don't have to wait 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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