There are many cloud server providers offering almost the same main features like: hosted on cloud infrastructure, hourly billing, flexible resource scaling and of course easiness to build it. While provisioning time of its competitors like Digital Ocean is 55 seconds and Vultr is within 60 seconds, Atlantic.net can deliver your cloud server in 30 seconds which is almost twice faster.
Curious? Let’s start.
Step 1 – Visit Atlantic.net on your favorite web browser and sign up for a new account using only your email address.
Step 2 – Add some credit to your account so you can spin up a server.
Step 3 – Once you have credit to spend, go ahead click the Add Server button in the Servers page.
Step 4 – In the next page you can see several options you have to choose regarding the server you wish to build. For your information, this Add a Server page has just launched today so it is a brand new design. Congratulation Marty for the awesome new design! Now enter your server name and you better keep it simple and short (e.g: your site’s name):
Step 5 – Scroll down the page a bit and pay attention to the Location section. Currently Atlantic.net’s infrastructure is available at 5 locations: Orlando, FL – New York City, NY – Dallas, TX – San Fransisco, CA – and Toronto, Canada (they plan to expand to London – UK and Singapore – SE Asia, soon). In this example I choose Dallas, Texas.
Step 6 – Below that section you can then choose which Operation System you wish to install and will have it running on your very own cloud server. Currently they have all most popular selection of Linux Distros including:
- Ubuntu 12.04 – 15.04 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- CentOS 6.6 (32-bit or 64-bit) – 7.1 (64-bit)
- Debian 7.8 – 8.0 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Fedora 20 – 22 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- FreeBSD 10.1 (64-bit)
- Arch Linux (64-bit)
The best part, you can also install Windows 2008 0r Windows 2012 Detacenter edition.
That’s not all, there are also several ready-to-use apps you can deploy on your server to avoid manual setup. Click the Applications tab and you’ll see LAMP, LEMP, WordPress, NodeJS, cPanel and Docker.
For this tutorial I choose to use CentOS 7.1 64-bit.
Step 7 – Now choose a plan for your server. Each plan has its own allocated resources including RAM, vCPU and the capacity of SSD. Currently there are 6 plans available but according to their CEO there will be another upcoming 2 plans offering larger RAM (32GB and 64GB).
Step 8 – In the very bottom of that page is optional stuff: SSH Key and Enable Backups. That’s up to you but for this tutorial I simply leave it as it is (I don’t setup SSH key and backup). Finally click the blue Create Server button.
Step 9 – Once clicked, the automatic system will get your cloud server ready in 30 seconds.
Step 10 – That’s it. Your cloud server is provisioned and now ready to use. All details displayed within that page and also emailed to your inbox.
Finally you can open up either Putty or Terminal and login to your newly built server using that credentials. P.s: default SSH port is still 22. Have fun!