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SolusIO 1.1.10196 Released

SolusIO – Version 1.1.10196 Released

Find out what’s new in SolusIO! Release notes contain information about new features, improvements, known issues, and bug fixes in each release.

You can find release notes for each version in the documentation section. We suggest that you regularly visit the release notes to learn about updates.

New features

SolusIO has announced a new feature: Reinstalling Virtual Server

  • Virtual Server reinstallation means the recreation of a virtual server with the same IP address, location and resource plan.
  • A user can change an operating system, an application, ssh keys and user-data during the reinstallation process.
  • Reinstalling of a virtual server is available on server page.

User-area

Admin-area

SolusIO added the ability to lock and suspend user accounts.

  • Available via UI and API

Improvements

  • Added new applications: Plesk, cPanel, and Cloudron.

  • Added the ability to create backups in the user area.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed the issue when an API error was not handled during server creation in the admin area when no suitable storage in the compute resource existed.
  • Fixed the issue when an API authorization token was kept in /etc/solus/agent.json after compute resource installation.
  • Fixed the issue when a new SSH key didn’t appear in the interface after the key was added in the user area.
  • Fixed the issue when all notifications in the admin area had one and the same date.
  • Fixed the issue when the “run version update” task couldn’t be retried.
  • Fixed the issue when the task could hang if RabbitMQ restarted.
  • Fixed the issue when the “Power Off” button for virtual servers was missing from the admin area.
  • Fixed the issue when virtual server creation failed with the “Failed to create PTY: Operation not permitted” error.

If you have an idea for a feature that will help improve SolusIO for you and your customers, our Product team would love to hear from you.

We invite you to submit your ideas for feature requests to our Product team. To submit a feature request, please share any ideas you have  – don’t hesitate to make suggestions or submit feature requests.

We’re also excited to help you realize your goals as you embrace new ways of working and compete more effectively, our sales team is at your disposal.

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Our Roadmap for 2020

SolusIO - Our Roadmap for 2020

We launched SolusIO Technical Preview yesterday. Today, we would like to talk about what we have planned for our first release in 2020 when we’re leaving Beta.

Support for Predefined Applications

With our upcoming “Applications” feature that we’re going to release in Q2 you will be able to offer Plesk, cPanel, WHMCS or WordPress to your customers.

Users can directly deploy the applications as a virtual server, controlled and managed from one interface.

Support for Predefined Applications

You can even add your own applications by specifying an operating system and an install script.

As of today, your users can already do an automated installation of anything else by using the cloud-init userdata feature.

Cloud-init

Cloud-init is the de-facto industry standard for cross-platform cloud instance initialization. SolusIO utilizes cloud-init to configure and manage the virtual servers, thus allowing maximum compatibility with the pre-built distribution images available from popular vendors.

Cloud-init

Maintenance efforts are also consequently optimized, as these predefined images can be used instead of creating special images for every instance type.

The ability to build or modify the images as needed goes without saying.

In addition to that, the end-user gains the ability to automate a whole array of tasks to the provisioning process using the cloud-init userdata scripting feature.

Cloud-init will identify the operating system it is running on during boot and initialize the system accordingly. This includes setting up the network and storage devices, configuring SSH access keys and many other useful features. Later on, cloud-init can also parse optional user data that was passed to the instance by the user to automate a whole array of tasks in the provisioning process.

WHMCS Integration

A strong focus on WHMCS is one of SolusIO’s main benefits. SolusIO Release 1 will come with a well-documented billing and provisioning API including an SDK to integrate into existing systems.

WHMCS

We would like to improve it even further by delivering a turnkey solution, meaning a ready-to-use WHMCS integration!

Here are some modules we’re working on in Q1:

  1. WHMCS provisioning module
  2. WHMCS billing module

These modules allow you to create, destroy, suspend, unsuspend, upgrade, downgrade, reboot, boot and shutdown virtual servers, plus functions to provision virtual servers in different locations, all directly from within WHMCS or to create a range of reseller resource products allowing orders to be auto-provisioned instantly on payment for example.

OpenVZ Support

Like SolusVM our new SolusIO will also have a set of powerful virtualization technologies with support for container-based and hypervisor virtualization.

OpenVZ Support

To provide a competitive system to hyperscalers like DigitalOcean, Vultr, etc. we started with KVM based on libvirt.

In upcoming releases starting from Q2 we’ll add support for OpenVZ and others, too.

Migration Tools

The Migration tools are a central element of our roadmap and we have plenty of ideas for it.

For existing SolusVM customers that want to upgrade to SolusIO we will provide a set of tools to make the transition as easy as possible by reducing the manual efforts to a minimum.Migration Tools

The tools will even help you to migrate from other virtualization platforms to SolusIO with minimal efforts.

Of course existing SolusVM customers can continue to use the product and it will still be supported. But we strongly recommend to upgrade to SolusIO as soon as possible to boost your business with our smart solution!

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Instant Access – SolusIO Tech Preview

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of our
Technical Preview of SolusIO!

Our goal is to give ISPs, MSPs, CSPs and WebPros the solutions they need for their unique digital transformation journeys. As companies leverage our innovative technologies, they are driving new results for their businesses and their customers.

SolusIO is the offspring of SolusVM. SolusIO marks a new milestone for simplifying virtual infrastructure management. It is a new product with a clean self-service user interface, offers great new UX, and we’re planning for it to include most requested features from our partners and community.

Want to give it a go? Here’s what to do:

  1. Sign-up for technical preview.
  2. Check your inbox for installation instructions.
  3. Install the latest release by using our Quick Start Guide.

… and elevate into another level of virtual infrastructure management!

The Tech Preview

Explore the admin interface

The admin interface provides administrators full control over the whole SolusIO system. Managing compute resources (the servers the virtual machines are later running on) is as simple as adding a new OS image.

This is the overview of the Compute Resources. Every compute-resource can also be assigned a location which may be a floor, room, city, country or whatever you like.

The compute-resources settings like paths, system settings, limits and others can be changed here as well.

Disk and memory usage parameters can be monitored from the same interface. A valuable feature of SolusIO is its integrated task scheduler with queuing. This  means every action is not only executed in a “fire-and-forget” manner, but can be added to a queue and its execution is being monitored.

Tasks

The administrator can see all tasks and check for more information in case a task failed. Failed tasks can of course also be restarted and hanging tasks can be stopped. The progress is shown for every long-running task  (e.g. the installation of an operating system ).

“With SolusIO, we prioritize customer experience and create
a better way to simplify virtualization management.”

Plans

The system owner can create plans that can be selected by the end user later in the server creation process. The plans can be used to offer different sizes of virtual machines, e.g. different amount of memory or vCPUs.

The plans can be assigned a so called “token count” that represents a virtual currency. So the system owner doesn’t have to bother with prices directly in SolusIO as this is solely the responsibility of the billing system. The token count specifies a value for an hour of uptime and will be resolved to a real price by the billing API or respectively the billing system.

The real price given back can be calculated on token count, user type, user country etc. So for example an European customer will see different Euro prices than an US customer that will see USD prices.

Create a new Project

Projects are used to separate the virtual servers into groups – e.g. for different clients or different customer projects.

New projects can be added whenever needed. Every project can involve various members with different roles and permissions. For example, the admin can assign permissions so one user or group of users can only view the server console, but is not allowed to delete it.

Create a Server

The clean self-service user interface gives your customers full control with on-demand features, from deploy to destroy of their servers. After selecting a location, an operating system and a plan, the user is ready to create the server.

Optionally SSH keys, cloud-init userdata, a name and a description can also be specified.

The new server will be shown in the project’s overview. Here e.g. it can be power-cycled or a VNC console can be requested. Of course running servers can also be terminated and deleted here.

After clicking on a specific server the user can see the details like the selected package, the current usage costs, the traffic consumption, the I/O and the CPU usage.

“But not only plain operating systems can be installed with SolusIO.”

Create an Application

Besides the selection of a “vanilla” (similar to clean/no modifications) operating system the user can choose to directly deploy an application to the virtual server. This can be a Plesk, a cPanel, a WHMCS or even a WordPress instance running on Plesk using WordPress Toolkit.

Everything controlled from one interface. Of course the whole user interface can be adjusted to suit the service provider’s needs by modifying the underlying CSS and images.

Invite members

Invite other members, be it family, friends or colleagues, to securely manage servers within a project – without giving them full access rights to your account.

New members can be easily added to the project and will receive an invitation to register and get access.

This whole feature can be controlled by the admin and of course can also be turned off if not wanted. After the user successfully registered and logged in the existing servers can be managed or new servers can be created.

But the user experience goes even further…there is not only the graphical user interface but also…

Rest API

A full fledged REST API, since SolusIO has been completely built with the “API first” approach.

The whole REST API is documented both using Swagger and in written form with many examples on how to use. To make it easier for developers we are also providing an SDK for major programming languages soon.

“Everything you can do in the graphical user interfaces (meaning admin and user interface) is also available via a RESTful API.”

Admins can automate tasks like adding compute resources or monitor servers. Developers can create API keys to provision and manage their servers from their code.

Migration

For existing SolusVM customers that want to upgrade to SolusIO we will provide a set of tools soon to make the transition as easy as possible by reducing the manual efforts to a minimum.

Of course existing SolusVM customers can continue to use the product and it will still be supported. We strongly recommend upgrading to SolusIO as soon as possible to boost your business with our smart solution!

For Service Providers & Enterprises

SolusIO is built for both, service providers and organizations.

Service providers can offer the product to their customers by providing the self-service portal or just resell the licenses to enable them building up their own business like DigitalOcean, Vultr, Hetzner Cloud etc.

  • Sell virtual servers to your customers via a self-service portal giving the ability to deploy and manage virtual servers on demand.
  • Enable web professionals to work more efficiently so that they can meet rapidly changing customer needs.

Organizations or Enterprises can use solus.io for in-house virtualization to deploy and manage servers on demand within their private infrastructure.

  • Grant permissions to your development teams to manage and create servers on-demand.
  • Automate creating test environments via build tasks or integrate via REST API.
  • Align offerings with evolving customer expectations

There’s lots to explore, let’s go!


We hope this preview inspires you and your digital business transformation.

We’re also excited to help you realize your goals as you embrace new ways of working and compete more effectively.