I just started testing the cool new HP Cloud which is in beta right now. While you can’t create or upload your own machine templates you can choose from some popular open source choices (all 64 bit os):

  • CentOS 5.6 or 6.2
  • Ubuntu 10 or 11
  • Debian 6

You get full root access and have ability to run yum or apt-get to install or update as you wish however you cannot update the kernel. (See this post: https://connect.hpcloud.com/question/423/cant-update-kernel-yum-centos)

What virtualization technology does HP Cloud Compute use?

HP Cloud Compute is based on KVM virtualization technology.

What instance types are available for HP Cloud Compute?

Standard instances offer a number of virtual server types. Select the size that’s right for you based on the amount of memory, number of virtual cores, and local storage required. Although you won’t be billed during the beta I imagine once they do stop billing you the choice you make here could have an impact on your pocketbook.

 

Standard Instance Types RAM (GB) # of Virtual Cores Local Disk (GB)
Extra Small 1 1 30
Small 2 2 60
Medium 4 2 120
Large 8 4 240
Extra Large 16 4 480
Double Extra Large 32 8 960

 

How to SSH to your VM

NOTE: the workflow for this is a little unintuitive. You get to the keypair dialog only when you are creating a VM. Be sure to take the time to follow these steps WHILE you are setting up your VM.

Setup a Keypair

 

By nwade@hp.com, 1 week 3 days ago

Creating a Keypair is the first necessary step in launching an instance for the first time. Only one keypair is needed for a series of instances launched under that keypair name.

The Keypair creation menu is located on the left side of the “keypair” dropdown of the AZ’s management page:

A separate keypair must be generated for each AZ (Availability Zone)

After entering the keypair management page, type a name for the keypair, then click “Create”.

Once the keypair has been created, a black text brick appears below. Copy and paste the entire text field.

Save it within a word processing document (notepad, text edit, word, etc.) and rename the file with a .pem extension. This allows use of the file by HP Cloud’s compute instances to identify the authorized user in part.

Once you have created a keypair, you can then enter your instance. Please see our Creating an instance and connect with Putty guide for further steps to gain access to your instance.

Create PEM file on Mac OS X

Open a terminal window

vi testkeypair.pem , press i to insert, copy and paste the text from above into the terminal, esc, :wq to save the file and quit vi

chmod 400 testkeypair.pem

Add a Public IP address to your VM

Be sure to go back and click the check box for this.

Login with SSH

ssh -i testkeypair.pem your-servers-public-ip-address

Setup IPv6 on your VM

http://www.standalone-sysadmin.com/blog/2012/03/quick-ipv6-web-server-on-the-hp-cloud/#