How to Create a RamNode Cloud Instance

RamNode makes it very easy to create and deploy a new cloud server within seconds. In order to create a new instance, you must first sign up for a free RamNode Cloud Account.

Create a RamNode Cloud Account

Once your account is active, logon to your Cloud Control Panel and click on Add Credit.

Add Cloud Credits

Next, enter the amount of credit you want to buy and click on Create Invoice:

RamNode Buy Cloud Credit

Complete the payment the payment process and head back to your Cloud Control Panel.

Creating a New Cloud Server Instance

Go to Cloud > Instances from the control panel’s main menu. Click the big, orange button in the bottom right corner of the window to create a new instance.

1. Choosing a Hostname and a Location

First, you will need to provide the hostname and the desired location for your server:

ramnode data center locations

The hostname is the name you want to give to your server. Therefore, do not use your website’s domain name. Use something like “server1.mydomain.com”.

Next, select the location for your cloud server. RamNode offers five data center locations: Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, NYC, and the Netherlands, in Europe.

2. Choosing a Cloud Server Type

RamNode offers four types of cloud servers: Standard KVM, Premium KVM, Massive KVM, and VDS. So which type of cloud server is right for you?

Let’s go through each of them.

The Standard KVM is the most affordable type of cloud server available from RamNode. But don’t be fooled by the low price tag: these virtual servers pack enough power to host small websites and applications. They’re also perfect for developers.

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The Premium KVM packages are perfect for medium websites and hosting re-sellers. I currently host 49 local business websites on an 8GB PKVM, with cPanel and Engintron. The CPU load averages 0.50 and rarely goes over 1.50. I can easily add another 30 sites to the server before upgrading it.

ramnode premium kvm

The Massive KVM packages are geared toward data storage. They use HDD storage instead of SSD.

ramnode massive kvm

The VDS packages are in a league of their own. They provide all the benefits of virtual servers but with the power of dedicated Intel E3 CPU cores.

ramnode vds

So if you’re not sure which package to choose, don’t worry: you can upgrade to a larger package easily.

3. Boot Source & Root Password

The boot source is the media image you want to boot from. RamNode offers a wide range of images to use but you can also use your own. Various versions of the most popular Linux flavors are available: CentOS, Debian, CloudLinux, Ubuntu, and Fedora.

For this tutorial, we’ll launch a CentOS 8 cloud server.

ramnode cloud server boot source

Finally, specify the password for the root user. You don’t need to add an SSH key at the moment.

4. Creating the Instance

You’re now ready to create your new cloud server instance. Click the button at the bottom of the page to start.

ramnode spawning cloud instance

The spawning process should take about a minute. Wait for the process to complete before continuing to the next step.

5. Setting the PTR Records

A PTR (Pointer Record) record links an IP address to a host name. It is sometimes called a Reverse DNS Record. The pointer record can only be created on name servers managed by the owner of the IP address and only applies to fixed IP addresses.

To set the PTR records for your cloud server, go to Cloud > Instances and select your newly created cloud server.

Your server has two IP addresses, IPv4 and IPv6, so you need to create a PTR record for both.

PTR Record

Click on Get PTR next to the IPv4 address and enter the corresponding host name:

ramnode ipv4 ptr

Now, do the same with the IPv6 PTR record and add the same host name.

So, that’s it, you got a shiny new cloud server. Don’t forget to use a RamNode promo code when you sign up to get free hosting credits.