Getting started with Rackspace Public Cloud
This article guides you through creating, managing, building, and growing your Rackspace Public Cloud account. This guide is designed to remove the complexity of getting started on your first Public Cloud projects. We recommend completing tasks in the following order:
Create an account
Whether you are designing, testing, or are ready to launch your application into production, you need a home for your code. Before accomplishing any of that, you must first create your account. Check out the tips and best practices that bring new customers the greatest success when first creating a Public Cloud account. If you are looking for specific instructions on signing up for a different product, you can click on any of the following options for further details:
- Fanatical Support for Rackspace Public Cloud
- Fanatical Support for AWS
- Managed Google Cloud Platform
- Rackspace Email or Microsoft Exchange
- Office 365
Manage and secure an account
Now that you have created an account, there are a few things you should do to prevent surprises.
Protect your account by enabling Multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication is a free tool that can greatly decrease the chances of your account being compromised.
Public Cloud is billed on an hourly basis, and resources such as file storage and traffic can have varying costs. For this reason, you should create a billing threshold notification that alerts you to unexpected billing changes.
Learn how to add users, create user groups, set up role-based access, view your bill, or change payment methods and account information by reviewing our comprehensive Account management article.
Build your cloud
Your account is now ready for you to build devices. Building a cloud environment is quite different from traditional hosting. We have compiled the following documents to illustrate those differences as well as to help you navigate them:
- Building your application on the Rackspace cloud
- Rackspace open cloud architecture
- About cloud servers
- About cloud load balancers
Grow your cloud
Your business is booming, and you need to grow! Perhaps it is an event, seasonal traffic plans, or your needs have simply changed. When you experience growth, you can become less fault tolerant and have more security needs. Check out the following information to ensure that you sustain momentum:
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