New Control Panel: Organizations, Projects, Teams
We have done it: the new cloud control panel is live! The most significant overhaul of the control panel since cloudscale.ch was established has not only come up trumps with a completely new user interface, but also with numerous new features, such as organizations, projects, and teams. With projects, for example, you can group exactly those resources that belong together, irrespective of whether you only want to keep test and productive environments separate or whether you want to segregate completely independent setups. Companies and other organizations will also benefit from the new member and rights management. Whether you work alone or in a team, you can be sure that your cloud infrastructure is under control.
Projects: enhanced order for everyone
Several tried-and-tested approaches have been used in the past in order to maintain an overview, from a suitable name scheme and tags to the use of widespread DevOps tools. You can go one step further with our new "projects". Your cloud resources are not only optically grouped and protected against mix-ups, but are also technically separated from each other. This stops you from inadvertently linking a test server into the private network of your productive infrastructure and prevents the API token of one cluster causing issues in another. All cloud resources, such as virtual servers, volumes, private networks, Floating IPs, and Objects Users are part of exactly one project.
Projects also mean that you can easily switch between your different "hats". The clusters of your end customers A and B, your personal experimental setup, and the web server you run as a volunteer are all clearly separated from each other, but can still be reached with just two clicks. Where you may so far have worked with several accounts, the new projects are now your method of choice.
Work together – in organizations
There are numerous projects, both in business and private life, that you do not work on alone. The newly introduced "organizations" represent this kind of collaboration. You can set up organizations for your company, your association, or yourself whenever you want to collaborate on your cloud resources with other people. As a "superuser" in an organization, you can manage its projects, invite "members" and grant permissions. As organizations are each based on a separate framework agreement, they are also suitable for constellations where cloud resources need to be treated separately for accounting purposes.
The advantages of an organization are obvious: every organization member has their own login credentials and can enable two-factor authentication for additional protection. The traceability of changes in organization and project logs means that you will also meet your end customers' compliance requirements. For every project of your organization, you can determine on a case-by-case basis which members and/or teams should have read-only or full access.
Simple use, smooth transition
As usability is in the DNA of cloudscale.ch, it goes without saying that we also placed particular emphasis on ease of use in this evolutionary step. In the completely overhauled cloud control panel, which is now based on single-page application architecture, almost everything is in its usual place and existing functionality has remained unchanged. API specifications are also the same, which means that automated processes and tools do not need to be adapted.
Your existing cloud resources are not affected by the switch, and any API tokens will continue to work. If you have so far shared an account with other people and would like to now run this account as an organization, simply let us know and we will be happy to migrate the account for you. We would, of course, also be delighted to receive any other feedback.
With the most significant overhaul of the cloud control panel in our history, we have managed to bridge the gap: at cloudscale.ch, the cloud will remain simple, fast and intuitive in future, too, and in addition, you now have access to the appropriate tools to maintain an overview and control in larger contexts – both on your own and in teams.
Experience the cloud from a new perspective!
Your cloudscale.ch team