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      An Overview of Linode's Cloud Manager for Classic Manager Users


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      Linode’s Classic Manager will be retired on January 31, 2020. At that time, all users will be migrated to the new Cloud Manager when logging in to manage your infrastructure on Linode.

      There have been substantial updates to Cloud Manager since it was introduced back in 2014. Cloud Manager has many new features, including an updated look-and-feel, modern user-interface, mobile support, and easy access to our recently released products. It’s also implemented solely atop our public APIv4.

      Development work for Cloud Manager will continue beyond January 31, 2020. As always, your feedback for Cloud Manager or any other aspect of our platform is welcome at [email protected]

      Note

      We will continue to support APIv3 and the APIv3-based CLI beyond January 31, 2020.

      In this Guide

      If you are a Classic Manager user, this guide will provide an overview of the features and services available in Linode’s Cloud Manager. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

      • An introduction to each section of the Cloud Manager, including links to related guides throughout our documentation library.
      • Specific features that you may need help finding due to differences in location between Classic Manager and Cloud Manager
      • Settings that might make your overall Cloud Manager experience better

      Linodes

      The Linodes section of Cloud Manager allows you to create and manage your Linodes. Each Linode instance in Cloud Manager includes:

      • Summary information about your Linode, like CPU usage, IPv4 and IPv6 traffic, and Disk IO
      • Access to any of your Linode’s attached Volumes and the ability to create a Volume
      • Networking information and features, including the ability to add IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, IP transfer and IP sharing
      • The ability to resize your Linode, boot your Linode into Rescue Mode, and rebuild your Linode
      • Access to Linode’s Backup service
      • An Activity Feed that displays any relevant events related to this Linode
      • Settings that allow you to update your Linode’s label, reset your Linode’s root password, manage system usage email notifications, manage Watchdog (Linode’s automatic reboot feature), and delete your Linode
      • An area to manage and create disks and configuration profiles
      • Cross data center migrations

      Find Your Disks

      In Classic Manager, Disks were located in the Linode Dashboard tab. In the Cloud Manager, Disks are now in the Disks/Configs tab of the Linode.

      1. Click the Linodes link in the sidebar menu and select the Linode whose disks you’d like to see.

      2. Then click the Disks/Configs tab. The disks are located in the Disks panel. Here you can add a disk, or for each individual disk, you can click the more options ellipses to get a drop down menu which will allow you to choose options such as Rename, Resize, Imagize, Clone, and Delete.

        Location of Cloud Manager Disks

      Reboot Your Linode

      You can reboot a Linode from two places within the Cloud manager.

      1. From your Linodes listing page, click the More Options Ellipses and select Reboot.

        Cloud Manager Linode List Menu Reboot Option

        If you have more than one Configuration Profile, a panel will appear to allow you to select which Configuration to boot. Select a Config and click the Submit button. Otherwise, a confirmation dialog will appear.

        Cloud Manager Reboot Detail Panel

      2. You can also reboot your Linode from within any Linode detail screen by clicking on the Status Icon. A drop down menu will appear, select Reboot.

        Cloud Manager Linode Detail Menu Reboot Option

        Again, if you have more than one Configuration Profile, a panel will appear to allow you to select which Configuration to boot. Select a Config and click the Submit button. Otherwise, a confirmation dialog will appear.

      Delete a Public IP Address

      You can delete public IP addresses in both Classic and Cloud managers. In Classic Manager, this was done under the Remote Access tab from the Linode you wished to modify. In Cloud Manager it is done in the Networking tab.

      1. Click Linodes from the sidebar menu.

      2. Choose the Linode you wish to modify to enter the Linode detail screen. Then, click on the Networking tab. Your IPv4 and IPv6 addresses will be listed here.

      3. Next to the public IPv4 address you wish to delete, click on the more options ellipses. Select the option to Delete IP from the drop down menu.

        Cloud Manager Delete a Public IP Address

      4. A confirmation popup will appear where you can confirm the operation.

        Note

        You must have at least one public IP on a Linode. If you attempt to delete the last public IP on a Linode you will receive an error message after you confirm the deletion.

      Volumes

      The Volumes section of Cloud Manager gives you access to Linode’s Block Storage service. To learn how to create, and manage Block Storage volumes using Cloud Manager, see our How to Use Block Storage with Your Linode guide.

      Find Volumes

      In Classic Manager, Volumes were found within a Linode’s Dashboard tab. In Cloud Manager, Volumes are their own top-level menu item in the sidebar.

      Cloud Manager Volumes

      Note

      Object Storage

      The Object Storage section of Cloud Manager gives you access to Linode’s Object Storage service which is a globally-available, S3-compatible method for storing and accessing data. The Object Storage service is not available in Classic Manager.

      To learn how to begin using Object Storage, view our How to Use Linode Object Storage guide. To access all available Object Storage guides, see the Object Storage section of our documentation site.

      NodeBalancers

      Linode’s NodeBalancers service provides load balancing for your applications and services ensuring that they are highly available for users. To learn how to get started with NodeBalancers using Cloud Manager, see our Getting Started with NodeBalancers guide.

      Domains (DNS Manager)

      The DNS Manager allows you to control and manage your domains. In Cloud Manager, the DNS Manager is located in the Domains link in the sidebar.

      Cloud Manager Domains

      For more information on Cloud Manager’s DNS Manager, see the following guides:

      Zone Files

      Cloud Manager does not include the Check Zone and Zone File features, since it automatically ensures that your Domain’s zone file does not contain any errors:

      • When creating a Zone File for a Domain, the Linode API v4 checks for any errors that may exist. If an error is found, the Cloud Manager will respond with the corresponding error. This means that the Cloud Manager will not allow you to create an invalid zone file.

      • Once your Domain and corresponding Zone File is created, you can use the dig command to further verify that each domain record contains the information you expect, for example:

        dig example.com
        dig example.com MX
        

        See the Use dig to Perform Manual DNS Queries guide for more details on the dig command.

      Longview

      The Longview section of Cloud Manager gives you access to Linode’s system data graphing service. It tracks metrics for CPU, memory, and network bandwidth, both aggregate and per-process, and it provides real-time graphs that can help expose performance problems. The Longview service offers both free and paid plan tiers.

      Longview is still being actively developed to reach parity with Classic Manager. To get started using Longview in Cloud Manager, see the Understanding Linode Longview guide.

      One-Click Apps

      The One-Click Apps section of Cloud Manager gives you access to apps that make it easy to deploy and configure software on a Linode. Some popular One-Click Apps are WordPress, Minecraft, and GitLab. We are actively adding new and useful One-Click apps. When a One-Click App is deployed, a new Linode is created and the appropriate software is installed with the configurations you provide. One-Click Apps are not available in Classic Manager.

      See How to Use Linode’s One-Click Apps to get started using One-Click Apps in Cloud Manager.

      Kubernetes

      The Kubernetes section of Cloud Manager gives you access to our managed Kubernetes service, the Linode Kubernetes Engine (LKE). LKE is a fully-managed container orchestration engine for deploying and managing containerized applications and workloads. LKE combines Linode’s ease of use and simple pricing with the infrastructure efficiency of Kubernetes. LKE is not available in Classic Manager.

      To get started using LKE, see our Tutorial for Deploying and Managing a Cluster with Linode Kubernetes Engine.

      StackScripts

      StackScripts provide Linode users with the ability to automate the deployment of custom systems on top of our default Linux distribution images. StackScripts are usually Bash scripts, stored in the Linode Cloud Manager, and can be accessed when you deploy a Linode. Linodes deployed with a StackScript run the script as part of the first boot process.

      To get started using StackScripts in Cloud Manager, see the Automate Deployment with StackScripts guide.

      Find StackScripts

      In Classic Manager, access to StackScripts was found under the Linodes tab. In Cloud Manager, StackScripts are their own top-level menu item in the sidebar.

      Cloud Manager StackScripts

      Images

      The Images section of Cloud Manager gives you access to Linode Images which allow you to take snapshots of your disks, and then deploy them to any Linode under your account. This can be useful for bootstrapping a master image for a large deployment, or retaining a disk for a configuration that you may not need running, but wish to return to in the future.

      To get started using Images with Cloud Manager, see Linode Images.

      Find Images

      In Classic Manager, access to image management was found in the Linodes tab. In Cloud Manager, Images are their own top-level menu item in the sidebar.

      Cloud Manager Images

      Account (Management and Billing)

      The Account section of Cloud Manager allows you to manage your account’s billing information and users, and to configure various account-wide settings.

      You can manage the following account and billing settings in the Account section of Cloud Manager:

      Find Credit Remaining

      In the Cloud Manager, to find the amount of available credit that you have:

      1. Click on the Account link from the sidebar menu.

      2. On the right hand side of the screen you’ll see the Billing Information section. If you have credit stored on your account, it’ll appear in green under the Current Balance field.

      Credits Listed under Current Balance

      Printing an Invoice

      In Cloud Manager you can download a printable PDF of your invoice from your list of invoices or from within an individual invoice.

      1. Navigate to your Account by clicking on Account in the sidebar.

      2. Click on the Recent Invoices menu item in the Billing section. This will expand to show you a list of your recent invoices. Each invoice has a Download PDF link next to it.

        Cloud Manager Download Invoice from Recent Invoices List

      3. You can also click on any invoice to view it within the Cloud Manager. At the top of the invoice there is a Download PDF button.

        Cloud Manager Download Invoice from Detail View

      Import Display Groups

      If you have used the Display Groups feature in the Classic Manager, you can import your Display Groups to the Cloud Manager as tags:

      1. Navigate to the Account page in the sidebar links menu, then click on the Settings tab.

      2. Expand the panel labeled Import Display Groups as Tags and then click Import Display Groups:

        Cloud Manager Import Display Groups

      3. A form will appear that lists your Display Groups and asks you to confirm the import action. To proceed, click the Import Display Groups Now button in this form.

        Note

        Importing your Display Groups is a one-time operation. If you don’t have any Display Groups configured in the Classic Manager this feature will not appear in the Cloud Manager.

      Password Management

      The Cloud Manager does not support forcing password expirations. Forcing password resets on a schedule is bad practice from a security perspective. Current security research indicates that forced password changes do more harm than good. If you want to force password resets for users of your Linode account, we recommend using a password manager for this purpose.

      My Profile

      The My Profile section of Cloud Manager provides access to various settings related to your Linode account’s profile. This area of Cloud Manager contains access to the following features and settings:

      API Keys / API Tokens

      API Keys from Classic Manager do not transfer. This means that if you have keys generated in Classic, you will not see them in Cloud Manager. In Cloud Manager, API Keys are called API Tokens (personal access tokens) and can be used for a variety of different uses.

      1. To generate a new personal access token, navigate to your profile by clicking on your username and select My Profile from the drop down menu. Then click on the API Tokens tab.

        Cloud Manager Add a Personal Access Token

      2. Click Add a Personal Access Token. A panel will display allowing you to give this token a label and choose the access rights you want users authenticated with the new token to have.

        Cloud Manager Add a Personal Access Token Panel

      3. When you have finished, click Submit to generate a new Personal Access Token. Copy the token and save it to a secure location before closing the popup. You will not be able to view this token through the Cloud Manager after closing the popup.

      Manage Email Event Notifications

      Email event notifications alert you when new events such as booting, shutting down, or updates to a Linode occur on your account. You can enable or disable email event notifications using the Cloud Manager.

      In Classic Manager email events notifications were managed in the Notifications tab under my profile. In Cloud Manager this is done in the Settings tab from My Profile.

      Cloud Manager Notification Settings

      User Interface Enhancements

      Compact Mode and Dark Mode

      Cloud Manager by default uses more whitespace on the screen. However, there is a Compact Mode which compresses this extra space and allows more information to be displayed on the screen. This setting is located at the bottom left hand corner of the screen when the gear icon is clicked. This is also where you can toggle on Dark Mode.

      Compact Mode Enabled

      Accessibility

      The Linode Cloud Manager has been built with accessibility in mind. Currently, the Cloud Manager is actively being developed to achieve WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

      We have received a lot of helpful feedback from our users regarding accessibility. While we have addressed a lot of your feedback, this is still a work in progress and will be iterated upon with time. Please contact [email protected] with any comments or requests regarding accessibility.

      Next Steps

      See the following guides for more features of Cloud Manager:

      If you still need help finding features in or using Cloud Manager, please contact Linode Support.

      This guide is published under a CC BY-ND 4.0 license.



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      The Flagship Series: Silicon Valley Data Center Market Overview


      As the preeminent technology hub of the U.S., it should come as no surprise that the data center market in Silicon Valley is among the largest in the country, and it’s only growing. New space is slated to come online over the next few years, driven by (and in some ways dependent on) the technology sector. Other industries that drive demand in this market include mobility, IoT, financial technology and bioscience.

      Santa Clara specifically houses the majority of data centers in this market and is appealing to providers and users for its relatively low electricity costs. And despite the premium on real estate in the region, as well as the fact that the region is prone to earthquakes, proximity to corporations and end users makes the Silicon Valley market a key location for many companies, driving continued growth.

      Considering Silicon Valley for a colocation, network or cloud solution? There are several reasons why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

      INAP’s Santa Clara Flagship Data Center

      INAP has seven data centers and points of presence in Silicon Valley, and an additional four locations in the Bay Area and Sacramento. The Silicon Valley flagship facility is located in Santa Clara at 2151 Mission College Blvd. The 75,000 square-foot data center is designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes and offers 10 MW of utility power.

      The flagship, as well as INAP’s other data center locations and POPs in this market, provide a backbone connection to Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas through our high-capacity private network. INAP’s Connectivity Solutions product suite provides high availability and scalable connectivity services across our global network, allowing customers to build the high-performance network their applications and users demand. Paired with Performance IP®, INAP’s patented route optimization software, customers in our Santa Clara flagship get the application availability and performance their customers demand.

      Here are the average latency benchmarks on the backbone connection from Santa Clara:

      • Seattle: 19.0 ms
      • Chicago: 51.0 ms
      • Los Angeles: 9.3 ms
      • Dallas: 39.7 ms

      Download the spec sheet on our Silicon Valley data centers and POPs here [PDF].

      The flagship includes the following features:

      • Power and Space: 24-inch raised floors, high-density configurations, including cages, cabinets and suites
      • Facilities: Break rooms, meeting rooms, onsite engineers with remote hands, 24/7/365 NOC
      • Energy Efficient Cooling: 1,200 tons of cooling capacity and N+1 with concurrent maintainability
      • Security: Key card access with secondary biometric authentication, video surveillance with a minimum of 90 days video retention, 24/7/365 onsite personnel
      • Network: Performance IP® mix (AT&T, Cogent, Silicon Valley Power (Dark Fiber), Zayo, CenturyLink, Level 3, XO Communications, Comcast) for patented traffic route optimization, geographic redundancy and Metro Connect fiber that enables highly available connectivity within the region via our ethernet rings
      • Compliance: PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II, LEED, Green Globes and ENERGY STAR, independent audits

      Download the spec sheet on our Santa Clara Flagship data center here [PDF].

      CHAT NOW

      Gain Reliability, Connectivity and Speed with INAP Performance IP®

      In a market that requires low latency and high availability for some of the world’s most trafficked applications and websites, INAP’s Performance IP® is a game changer. Our patented route optimization engine makes a daily average of 500 million optimizations per POP. It automatically puts your outbound traffic on the best-performing, lowest-latency route. Learn more about Performance IP® by checking out the video below or test out the solution for yourself by running a destination test from our flagship Santa Clara data center.

      Spend Portability Appeals for Future-Proofing Infrastructure

      Organizations need the ability to be agile as their needs change. With INAP Interchange, INAP Silicon Valley data center customers need not worry about getting locked into a long-term infrastructure solution that might not be the right fit years down the road.

      Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for Interchange. The program allows customers to exchange infrastructure environments a year (or later) into their contract so that they can focus on current-state IT needs while knowing they will be able to adapt for future-state realities. For example, should you choose a solution in a data center in the Silicon Valley, but find over time that you need to be closer to a user base in Phoenix, you can easily make the shift.

      You can learn more about the INAP Interchange by downloading the FAQ.

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      The Flagship Series: New York & New Jersey Data Center Market Overview


      The New York city metro area—the largest in the U.S.— requires a robust data center market to readily deliver service to 20.1 million people living in the area. The market is being driven by the financial, healthcare, media and technology industries, all looking for hybrid solutions to get the most out of their infrastructures.

      The data center market in this region was initially dominated by large enterprises who operated their own facilities, but the financial crash in 2009 spurred data center providers to search the area for space and opportunities. Since then, the market has begun to stabilize, with users weighing the pros and cons of deploying off-premise infrastructure solutions in Manhattan or New Jersey. In 2018, New York’s MW net absorption rate stood at 1.2, while New Jersey’s MW absorption rate stood at 4.8, according to JLL.

      In Manhattan, data centers are typically built in high-rises and older buildings that have been converted to meet security and redundancy needs. Providers are focused on upgrading these buildings to meet ever changing and increasing security needs. In New Jersey, a mix of turnkey and shell space, allows the market to meet hyperscale and enterprise needs.

      For those considering northern New Jersey, specifically, its proximity to New York City, strong infrastructure and pro-business climate are all appealing factors. But no matter which location users choose to deploy, the region as a whole benefits from a strong infrastructure for connectivity due to demands of the businesses headquartered in the area.

      Considering New York or New Jersey for a colocation, network or cloud solution? Read on to learn why we’re confident you’ll call INAP your future partner in this competitive market.

      INAP’s Presence in the New York and New Jersey Data Center Market

      INAP has seven data centers and points of presence in the New York/New Jersey metro area, with our flagship facility located in Secaucus, N.J., at 1 Enterprise Avenue.

      The 101,000 square-foot flagship data center is designed with Tier 3 compliant attributes and offers high-density configurations including cages, cabinets and suites. Break rooms, meetings rooms and dedicated works areas are also available at the facility. Strategically located outside of a 500-year flood plain and seismic zones, our flagship offers the high availability you need to stay connected to your users.

      INAP’s New York metro data centers give you a connection to London, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and Washington D.C. through our high-capacity private fiber backbone. INAP Performance IP® and Connectivity Solutions product suite provide high availability and scalable connectivity services across our global network.

      Average latency benchmarks on the backbone connection from Secaucus:

      • London: Under 78.0 ms
      • Boston: Under 7.3 ms
      • Chicago: Under 22.0 ms
      • Washington D.C.: 7.0 ms

      Download the spec sheet on our New York and New Jersey data centers and POPs here [PDF].

      The Secaucus flagship also includes the following features:

      • Power and Space: 20 MW of utility power, 36-inch raised floor, fully integrated critical infrastructure monitoring
      • Energy Efficient Cooling: 1,200 tons of cooling capacity and N+1 with concurrent maintainability
      • Security: 24/7/365 onsite staff, video surveillance, key card and secondary biometric authentication
      • Network: INAP Performance IP® and Metro Connect fiber to enable high performance connectivity in metro market
      • Compliance: PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II, LEED, Green Globes and ENERGY STAR

      Download the spec sheet on our Secaucus flagship here [PDF].

      CHAT NOW

      Spend Portability Appeals for Future-Proofing Infrastructure

      Organizations need the ability to be agile as their needs change. With INAP Interchange, there’s no need to worry about getting locked into a long-term infrastructure solution that might not be the right fit years down the road.

      Colocation, Bare Metal and Private Cloud solutions are eligible for Interchange. The program allows customers to exchange infrastructure environments a year (or later) into their contract so that they can focus on current-state IT needs while knowing they will be able to adapt for future-state realities.  

      There are a variety of business cases for Interchange, including a move from colocation to a bare metal or private cloud environment, or a re-deploy of applications to a new hosted environment. Geographic flexibility is a common reason for a strategic shift. For example, a company based in an INAP data center in New Jersey may see an increase for demand in its SaaS solution in in the Southeastern U.S. To be closer to its customers, the company can shift to a custom-engineered solution in one of INAP’s two Flagship data centers in Atlanta.

      You can learn more about the INAP Interchange by downloading the FAQ.

      Gain an Edge with INAP’s Connectivity Solutions

      In a metro area that boasts a strong infrastructure, INAP’s connectivity solutions and global network can give you the boost you need to outpace your competition. By joining us in our New Jersey flagship or New York data centers, you join INAP’s global network, which includes more than 600,000 square feet of leasable data center space and is woven together by our high-performance network backbone and route optimization engine. Our high-capacity network backbone and one-of-a-kind, latency-killing Performance IP® solution is available to all customers. This proprietary technology automatically puts your outbound traffic on the best-performing route. Once you’re plugged into the INAP network, you don’t have to do anything to see the difference. Learn more about Performance IP® by reading up on the demo and trying it out yourself with a destination test.

      Laura Vietmeyer


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