cPouta User Guide

cPouta is the main production IaaS cloud at CSC. It allows CSC customers to run virtual machines connected to the Internet. cPouta runs the Newton version of the OpenStack cloud software.

The virtual machines can run on different sets of compute node hardware based on their intended use case. Currently there's nodes available for High Performance Computing (HPC) type loads as well as generic loads such as web servers or servers for software development. The nodes are connected with 40 Gb/s or 10 Gb/s Ethernet depending on type. Some limitations apply to the network due to virtualisation and compatibility requirements.

Virtual machines running in cPouta can be connected to external IP addresses and accessed directly from the Internet. This provides an easy way to access virtual machines from anywhere on the Internet, but customers must also take care to secure their machines. The virtual machines do not have access to any other part of the CSC infrastructure, other than what is already visible to the Internet. Application data and software must be uploaded either via the Internet or copied from CSC's existing shared storage or applications.

1. Concepts of cloud computing


2. Getting access to cPouta service

2.1 Applying for cPouta access
2.2 Security Guidelines for cPouta
2.3 cPouta Accounting Principles


3. Using cPouta

3.1 Virtual machine flavors and quotas
3.2  Launching a virtual machine with cPouta web interface
3.3 Connecting to your virtual machine
3.4 Command line client tools
3.4.1 Installation using package manager tools
3.4.2 Using cPouta from the command line
3.5 Orchestration with Heat


4. Storage in cPouta

4.1 Ephemeral storage
4.2 Persistent volumes
4.3 Snapshots


5. Creating and uploading virtual machine images

5.1 Creating images
5.2 Uploading images


6. Additional services

6.1 Sending e-mail from cPouta
6.2 DNS services in cPouta


7. Frequently asked questions about cPouta


8. Known problems and limitations

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