Your service is really great! The flexibility to allocate resources allows to manage the cost/performance depending the actual requirements is exactly what I need. Low cost development machine can turn into production server capable of handling the load.
The one part I'm missing is the ability to backup the hdd. You have options to upload disk image, but not to download or perform some form of automated backup.
It’s not immensely simple to take a snapshot of a running server. We’ll shortly be offering options for R1soft backups. In the mean time, if you want to take a snapshot of your server, you can stop the server and clone the disk; admittedly this isn’t ideal so we are working on alternatives!
Any update on this, over a year later?
A rival cloud hosting company offers an integrated server image snapshot feature that facilitates fast, bare-metal restores with just a couple of clicks. It has saved me from disaster on more than one occasion.
Your plan to offer R1soft backups was announced way back in January so I would welcome an update on that.
I also would like a backup option, at present AFAIK you can only define a disk to avoid being on another node via the API, this option on the interface would be useful - OR - the ability to create a disk in the interface and mark it as a backup disk therefore any other disk I create is never on that node. Just a simple way of knowing my backup drive is seperate from my hosting instances without having to create everything through the API.
I take rsnapshot images every 3 hours for a day then every 28 days onto a backup volume that is mounted permanently. The images are of the main tree, /etc and stuff plus the /var/lib/mysql (strictly I should stop things for this but .....) Rsnapshot means that I can recreate the full tree for a site easily but it doesn't take much space. Just set up the volume with loads of inodes because it can run out.....! You can of course just squirt these anywhere you want - up to the nearest cloud!
I would also like to see this, or at least the ability to clone the HD image to another.
I would also like to be able to download the HD image; or at least take annotated snapshots of a image. You can charge for the download as part of the of datarates. That said I guess it depends on what format your server system uses for it's images.