Create Compute Zone

Follow the below procedure to create a Compute Zone for any type of Compute resources apart from VMware. To create a Compute Zone for VMware Compute resources, please, refer to Create VMware Compute Zone.  
To create a new Compute zone:

  1. Go to your Control Panel's Settings menu and click the ComputeZones icon.
  2. Press "+" or click the Create Compute Zone button.
  3. On the screen that follows:

    1. Label - give your Compute zone a name.
    2. Provider name - enter the provider name that will appear in the list of zones in Federation. This field is relevant only to federated zones.
    3. Server type - choose the server type from the drop-down box:
      • Choose the virtual server type to create a Xen, KVM, or CloudBoot zone
      • Choose the smart server type to create a smart server zone.
      • Choose the baremetal server type to create a baremetal server zone.
    4. Location group - select the location group to which this Compute zone will be assigned.
    5. Release resource type - this option allows you to free up the Compute resource resources and over-commit RAM, CPU and CPU shares by means of the virtual servers that are shut down. By default, the Compute zone is created with the Memory Guarantee option enabled. In this case the over-committing cannot be used. To enable resource releasing, choose either the Ballooning or Only Started VS option.

      • Memory guarantee - the actual free Compute resource memory is calculated. All virtual servers residing on the Compute resource will be able to start. 

      • Ballooning (KVM Compute resources only) - free Compute resource memory is calculated with the ability to use memory over-committing.  

        • A virtual server may be migrated to another Compute resource if there is not enough memory for it to start up on the Compute resource with the ballooning option enabled. 
        • Do not use the ballooning option if there is at least one edge or storage server within the Compute zone. 
        • When using ballooning option it is impossible to monitor the exact free compute resource memory as it is a floating value. Therefore some VS edit or start actions may fail.
      • Only started VS - only the memory of running virtual servers is calculated.

    6. Max VS to start at once - specify the maximum number of virtual servers that can be started simultaneously on this Compute resource (5 recommended). This option ensures that virtual servers with VIP status will be booted prior to other servers.

    7. Placement type - specify the Compute resource selection algorithm, which will be used on virtual server provisioning and recovery, per Compute zone:

      • Take HV with maximum free RAM (Sparse) - set this type to select the Compute resource with maximum free RAM during the VS recovery. This option allows you to perform faster migration of virtual servers with the lesser (sparse) number of iterations during the failover.

        This option behaves in different ways, depending on the event:

        • On provisioning, the round-robin algorithm will be used on Compute resource selection.
        • On recovery, the Compute resource with maximum free RAM will be selected.
      • Take HV with minimum free RAM (Dense)- with this type the system selects the Compute resource with minimum required free RAM. This option allows filling Compute resource as densely as possible before starting to use next Compute resource in the zone.

    8. Failover timeout - time period for which the iterations will run during the failover if the Compute resource does not respond.
    9. CPU units - set the number of CPU units which will be assigned to each Compute resource in this zone by default. Do not apply CPU Units for the zones which have KVM Compute resources running on CentOS5 and baremetal servers.

    10. Set max memory (appears only if ballooning release resource type is chosen)  - move the slider to the right to enable max memory parameter for every VS within the compute zone. The max memory parameter will be set as 90% of free compute resource memory.

    11. CPU guarantee - move the slider to the right to ensure there is enough CPU on the Compute zone to create a new VS
    12. Use Local Read Path - move the slider to the right to minimize the network throughput dependency for read heavy workloads. When the Use Local Read Path option is enabled, reads go over the local software bridge to a local replica of the data rather than traverse a physical NIC + switch.
    13. Run Sysprep - move the slider to enable Windows virtual server deployment without running sysprep. If there are several simple deployed virtual servers from the same template in the cloud, they will have identical SIDS. This will result in the system conflict.

      It is not possible to set VS password when creating a Windows-based VMware virtual server without running a sysprep.

    14. Extended CPU Flags - move the slider to the right to enable CPU flags functionality for all compute resources added to this compute zone.

    15. Instance Package VSs - move the slider to the right if you want the zone to be used when creating Instance Package VSs only. If you enable this option, the zone will not be available in the virtual server creation wizard's Resources step for custom VSs (VSs built by setting resources manually). If this slider does not appear, this zone is inappropriate for creating Instance Package VSs.

      Note that Instance Package VSs can only be created on compute resources within compute zones where all compute resources are assigned the same amount of CPU units. If there are compute resources with different amount of CPU units set in a zone, it will not be possible to create Instance Package VSs in such zones. The reason is that CPU priority for Instance Package VSs in this configuration cannot be set to 100%, which is the default value for such virtual servers.

  4.  Click the Save button.