Prereading for beginners

Key Words

Here are some key words you should know:

Virtual Machine/Instance: a term used to describe your cloud computer.

Availability Zone: this is the physical data centre location where an instance resides.

Flavor: a flavor prescribes the size of a collection of virtual machine components, such as memory and CPU. You can’t select the size of these components individually, but select a flavour type (example: small, medium, large) which predefines the size of each component appropriately.

Image: a file that contains an operating system, which is added to a blank instance.

SSH: This is short for Secure Shell. It is a way to setup an encrypted (secure) connection between your computer and the cloud computer, usually via the command line.

Volume: This is like having an external Hard Drive, but for your Cloud Computer, expanding the storage available for your files and data.

Allocation: This is the portion of Cloud resources given (or allocated) to you to use on the Nectar Cloud, as per your allocation form request.