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SolusIO 1.1.12097 Released

SolusIO – Version v1.1.12097 Released

We are proud to announce that we have released a new version of SolusIO, SolusIO v1.1.12097. This version provides some nice enhancements and new features.

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: Resize a virtual server

Resize a virtual server

A user can upgrade plan on the virtual server page in user UI.

This feature is available in admin UI or API.

The ability to resize a virtual server CPU and RAM only with the ability to return on previous plan will be there soon.

Bugfixes

  1. Fixed the issue when the creation of a server’s snapshot failed if the snapshot couldn’t be created within one minute.
  2. Fixed the issue when email notifications about new servers in Portuguese contained the unnecessary colon character (“:”) in the servers’ passwords.
  3. Fixed the issue when the project creation pop-up had non-localized placeholders in the “Name” and “Description” fields.
  4. Fixed the issue when branding wasn’t applied to the login screen after logging out of User Area

Plesk University

Do not forget: The SolusIO Professional course is available! Learn how to offer a scalable, API-first & Self-Service based PublicCloud experience to developers and businesses leveraging existing infrastructure. Sign-up here!

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Planning your SolusIO infrastructure
  2. Deploying SolusIO master server
  3. Adding compute resources
  4. Setting up provisioning
  5. Provisioning virtual servers

Total time: 2 hours

Roadmap

SolusIO roadmap is now publicly available on Trello. We will update it as often as possible with new info, so you always know what we’re up to and what’s coming!

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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SolusIO 1.1.11033 Released

SolusIO – Version 1.1.11033 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: Multiple languages support

SolusIO added the support following languages:

  1. German
  2. Spanish
  3. Russian
  4. French
  5. Italian
  6. Turkish
  7. Dutch (Netherlands)
  8. Portuguese

Admin can manage which languages will be available for end-users on the Settings page.

The ability to switch languages available in Admin and User areas

Admin area

 

User-area

Update Licence ( Retail only)

If you are planning to upgrade, or downgrade CPU cores for your SolusIO license, those services are now available via my.plesk.com

Improvements

  1. Split the permissions to “Get” and “Manage” for Applications, Compute Resources, Limit Groups, Plans, Roles, Servers, SSH keys, Settings, Tasks, Users and Updates.
  2. It is now possible to disable registration of new users. Registration is disabled by default for new installations.
  3. Split the “Tokens” field into two new fields in plans: “Tokens per month” and “Tokens per hour”.
  4. Added the new “Tasks” tab for virtual servers to observe and manage tasks of a server.
  5. It is now possible to filter icons by their type.

Bugfixes

  1. Fixed the issue when the network service couldn’t be brought up after restart on Debian 10 and Ubuntu 20.
  2. Fixed the issue when free disk space in the QCOW storage type was not reclaimed by the host system.
  3. Fixed the issue when a virtual server got less RAM size than it was defined in the plan.
  4. Fixed the issue when nothing happens in the interface after a server was deleted in admin area.
  5. Fixed the issue with the “Save” button layout in user area on the Account page.
  6. Fixed the wrong text message shown after a new OS version was created.
  7. Fixed the issue with the case sensitive search for icons when creating or editing locations.
  8. Fixed the issue with a field for Plesk applications, which were not required.
  9. Fixed the issue when the “Server reinstall” task hangs in the “Queued” state.
  10. Fixed the issue when a server can’t be started because the Open vSwitch port is not attached to the bridge.
  11. Fixed the issue when Installer doesn’t reissue a Let’s Encrypt certificate after reconfiguration at the hostname change.

Plesk University

The SolusIO Professional course is available! Learn how to offer a scalable, API-first & Self-Service based PublicCloud experience to developers and businesses leveraging existing infrastructure. Enroll here.

The course covers the following topics:

  1. Planning your SolusIO infrastructure
  2. Deploying SolusIO master server
  3. Adding compute resources
  4. Setting up provisioning
  5. Provisioning virtual servers

Total time: 2 hours

Roadmap

SolusIO roadmap is now publicly available on Trello. We will update it as often as possible with new info, so you always know what we’re up to and what’s coming!

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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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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Announcing SolusIO 1.1 Release

SolusIO

Announcing SolusIO 1.1 Release

After more than 2 years of development, SolusIO has reached the quality and feature completeness for production deployment. We first unveiled a preview of SolusIO to the world at the CloudFest conference in March 2019. We followed that with a Technical Preview and Beta release. It is now time to reveal the first production-ready release, SolusIO v1.1, a major milestone in this product’s evolution.

As the offspring of SolusVM, SolusIO was developed in close collaboration with its predecessor’s partner, user and developer community. Some of you have been with us from the very beginning and have seen dramatic enhancements and changes since our initial Technical Preview release. Some of you – like NetNation – trusted us enough to build a new generation of managed WordPress hosting in production environments even prior to the stable release!

SolusIO simply would not be where it is today without your feedback, suggestions, and contributions. Within this community, SolusIO has already been deployed a few thousand times among the 500+ beta testers. We can’t thank our community enough and are looking forward to working with each and every one of you as we continue to improve and shape SolusIO into the best in-house virtualization and cloud hosting solution.

In this blog post we’re providing an overview of what we have built by explaining what problems SolusIO is designed to solve, how partners are using it in practice, why users find it to be uniquely suited for their application stack, and how we plan to continue development post v1.1.

Before we describe the features one by one, take the time to view this quick intro video:SolusIO video

The Problem SolusIO solves

SolusIO is a complete and turn-key Virtual Infrastructure Management solution. As organizations start to virtualize servers in production, the immediate challenge becomes the reduction of large collections of cost categories.

As illustrated in the following figure, SolusIO solves problems spanning across managed hosting services, application & CMS management, as well as provisioning virtual servers, straight from billing & automation platforms like WHMCS.

SolusIO streamlines the management and scaling of IT infrastructures via seamless integration of WHMCS, Plesk, cPanel or WordPress. Complex administrative tasks are simplified with smart wizards and a set of automation tools that provides administrators the most efficient path to application delivery, freeing them from lengthy and repetitive jobs.

SolusIO’s single license model offers access to fully-fledged capabilities, providing enterprise-range features such as Application management and Self-service control panel with Cloud-init support, Intelligent backups, User management, DNS management, as well as Billing system integration, and 24/7 customer support. As one license contains all the features, it eliminates the complexity of evaluating which license best suits your business needs today and your future expansion plans.

The result is a complete platform that ensures a remarkable developer and operator experience. With SolusIO, organizations no longer need to worry about keeping up with and integrating a myriad of technologies from the fast-moving cloud ecosystem. Instead, they deploy SolusIO once and can then focus on developing the applications and managed services that make their business better.

How Organizations Leverage SolusIO:
NetNation Pilot Project

NetNation owns six leading web hosting and managed applications brands (Gate.com, Hostway, HostMySite, myhosting.com, SolVPS, and DomainPeople), and also acts as a leading provider of white-label web service solutions. They accessed Solus.IO’s partnership to create a virtualization infrastructure solution as the core of its next Managed WordPress Hosting product.

NetNation’s goals were two-fold: through virtualization, build a new generation of Managed WordPress, and second, decreasing the time required to bring new managed services to market.

NetNation

The result of the project exceeded by far NetNation’s expectations. As a result of SolusIO’s virtualization capabilities, NetNation experienced significant hardware, software, and operational cost reductions, thus helping the company become more agile and responsive to internal business unit needs across the company.

In addition to significant cost-savings, NetNation dramatically decreased its time required to deliver new nodes internally, allowing for new virtual machines to be stood up within minutes of internal sign-off. This allowed NetNation to greatly improve their testing and development environment capabilities, as well as their Disaster Recovery abilities.

Integrations with WHMCS and Plesk

Key to SolusIO’s work with NetNation was their ability to integrate seamlessly with WHMCS and Plesk.

  • SolusIO’s WHMCS module allows for NetNation to create, destroy, suspend, unsuspend, upgrade, downgrade, reboot, boot and shutdown customer virtual servers – as well as the ability to provision virtual servers in different locations – all directly from a WHMCS dashboard.
  • Plesk’s extensions, including WordPress Toolkit, SpeedKit, and Imunify360, eased the workload of NetNation’s Internal Development team, dramatically decreasing the time required to launch its new Managed WordPress product.
Moving Forward

NetNation is investigating the rest of its infrastructure to see where SolusIO can help its server consolidation efforts. Moving forward, NetNation is excited to further grow its relationship with SolusIO as its infrastructure virtualization management partner.

Why SolusIO is unique

We set out to build SolusIO because we saw the need for a complete turn-key virtual infrastructure management platform. The resulting product, SolusIO, has a number of unique qualities:

  • Self-Service Control Panel

    In today’s world, self service is everything, and we believe it’s the key to success, not just for you, but for your customers as well. Allowing your customers the flexibility to create virtual servers on demand is mandatory in this day and age.

Create Server

  • Easy to Use

    Time and time again, developers have told us they love SolusIO’s simple and intuitive experience which enables them to focus on building applications as opposed to having to build the underlying infrastructure software themselves.

Edit Application

  • Enterprise Grade

    SolusIO is the only virtual infrastructure management platform today with native integration with Plesk, cPanel and WHMCS. Additionally, SolusIO implements enterprise management features such as intelligent backups, smart updates powered by AI, predefined applications, and a unified application catalog.

Application Catalogue

  • WHMCS Integration

    A keen eye for the WHMCS capabilities is one of SolusIO’s main benefits. SolusIO Release v.1.2 will come with a turnkey solution, meaning a ready-to-use WHMCS integration!
  • WHMCS provisioning module
  • WHMCS billing module

WHMCS module

This allows 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. It will also be possible to create a range of reseller resource products with orders being instantly auto-provisioned on payment, for example.

  • Support for Managed Services

    SolusIO helps agencies and businesses build and manage web apps like WordPress more collaboratively and efficiently. Adding the Plesk management layer to hosting services or managed WordPress offering helps grow beyond unmanaged services.

    This is why SolusIO comes with a ready-to-use and fully tuned WordPress integration. Customers can create and manage WordPress sites easily, but always securely, and conveniently directly from the SolusIO dashboard.

WordPress Toolkit

What You Can Expect after 1.1

We will continue to improve backup and storage features, implement richer enterprise-grade visibility and control features, onboard and certify more application catalog entries, provide migration tools, and support additional billing solutions. Moreover, we are also planning to integrate a free trial process in our marketing efforts.

You can get a good idea of what users community members want by looking at the Feature Requests – and of course, please contribute yourself.

Ubuntu 20.04 support

Ubuntu 20.04 added now fully supported to create Virtual Servers and install compute resources on it.

Ubuntu

Icons Management

Out of the box, SolusIO provides a lot of icons for many cases.

Icon Management

The SolusIO administrator can manage icons for applications, operating systems and locations via admin UI.

Icon Management

Admins can set their own icon for applications, operating systems and location.

Icon Management

Available Soon
Supporting several additional languages.

Languages

Languages

Ability to reinstall virtual servers.

Reinstall server

Free Online Webinar

To see SolusIO in action, you can also join our free online webinar on building your own virtualization platform with SolusIO, starting May 20th.

With version 1.1 behind us, new features will become available at a much faster pace. If you want to upgrade from SolusVM version to SolusIO release v1.1, our sales team is at your disposal.

Stay tuned!

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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.