Create a Cloud Server

This article shows you how to create a Cloud Server by using the SpinUp Control Panel and covers the options for the Cloud Server’s operating system (OS), size, and more.


To use this guide, you will need access to a SpinUp account and its associated control panel.

There are two easy ways to start creating a Cloud Server on SpinUp.

One option is to use the create Cloud Server dialog that appears in the top right of the Control Panel, as shown in the following image:

Create Menu Option

The other option is to click CREATE in the top left of the Cloud Servers page in the Control Panel, as shown in the following image:

Server Page Option

Enter the Cloud Server details

In the Cloud Server creation dialog, you should choose a Cloud Server name and write a brief description of the Cloud Server’s intended purpose. Default names are generated for you, or you can change them to something unique. We recommend that you add a description to make organization and management easier.

Select a data center region

Select a region for the Cloud Server to reside in. SpinUp recommends selecting a region close to your location or your customer base as this reduces latency and load times for the end users.

Choose an image

Next, you are prompted to select an image. The image determines which OS is installed on the completed Cloud Server, as well as any additional applications or data that might be associated with an image.

The Linux® and Microsoft® Windows® tabs contain options for different Base Images, which are stock installations of the OS and its basic packages. The OS tabs also offer previous versions of the various OSs to enable compatibility with older applications. SpinUp recommends staying as up-to-date as possible, so unless compatibility is a concern, always choose the most recent version for your chosen OS.

Alternatively, you can select the Snapshots tab, as shown in the following image, to build a Cloud Server from any custom snapshots that you have created from your other Cloud Servers. Doing this enables you to quickly and easily expand your environment and to duplicate a node.

Choosing an OS

Determine the Cloud Server resources

In the Cloud Server type section, you choose how much CPU, RAM, disk, and networking resources are assigned to the Cloud Server. SpinUp splits this into the following categories:

  • Small: Small Cloud Servers contain a single vCPU and up to 3 GB of RAM. These Cloud Servers are best used for low traffic applications or as worker nodes in a cluster.
  • Medium: Medium Cloud Servers contain 2-4 vCPUs and up to 8 GB of RAM. These Cloud Servers are best suited for a wide variety of applications or as worker nodes in a cluster for a resource-intensive workload.
  • Large: Large Cloud Servers contain up to 20 vCPUs and 90 GB of memory. These Cloud Servers are for extremely resource intensive workloads that must be performed on standalone Cloud Server instances.

The following image shows the resource selection screen:

Choose Resources

Select a size category and then the specific size for your Cloud Server. If you are unsure of the best choice for your needs, don’t panic. If the size that you chose does not work for you, you can always spin up a smaller or larger Cloud Server.

Following are descriptions of other available options:

Add Block Storage: This option tells the system to spin up a Block Storage volume and attach it to the new Cloud Server. After you select this choice, additional Block Storage customization options appear. Enter a name, select SSD or SATA, and use the slider to determine the size of the volume. For more information on Block Storage, see our storage overview article.

Use SSH key: This option adds the chosen key to the Cloud Server’s known hosts and allows you to use SSH authentication to connect to the Cloud Server from the first login.

Finalize build settings and create the Cloud Server

Following the additional options section is a summary that shows all the selected options for your build as shown in the following image. If the choices are correct, click Create at the bottom of the page. Be sure to note the provided administrator password because you will need it to access the Cloud Server for the first time.

In just a few minutes, the build should complete, and you can access the new Cloud Server. You can repeat this process to add additional Cloud Servers to your environment to build out or scale accordingly. Check the following links for guidance on next steps.

Connecting to a Linux Cloud Server

Connecting to a Windows Cloud Server

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