Newbie Pre-order Questions

August 2, 2013 1.3k views
Hi, Excuse any dumb questions please I'm a developer but know very little about server admin/ infra. Looking to move a site that has outgrown shared hosting onto a VPS. - I'm a bit confused at the terminology "cloud" being used here as from what I can tell this is VPS using hardware visualization on a server in a single location, rather than replicating/caching content to multiple locations. Is that correct? - How easy is it to spin up a linux server and get a MySQL server and a Cpanel on there. Plus, how much of this do I have to do myself, i.e. what packages/libraries will be pre-installed? - In terms of support is it all community based or if anything goes wrong am I able to get hold of someone from DigitalOcean on live chat 24/7 or some other way? Thanks
2 Answers
Please ignore this as i found answers in FAQ etc or will work it out as I go
"I'm a bit confused at the terminology "cloud" being used here..."

According to Wikipedia:
Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers that are connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet). Cloud computing is a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition.
I would say that DigitalOcean fits that definition.

How easy is it to..."
  1. "spin up a linux server" – very easy!
  2. "and get a MySQL server" – even easier!
  3. "and a Cpanel on there" – not difficult.

"In terms of support is it all community based ...?"
No.

"or if anything goes wrong am I able to get hold of someone from DigitalOcean on live chat 24/7 or some other way?"
Yes, by submitting a Support Ticket and/or via live chat @ http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=digitalocean&uio=d4
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