CloudAfrica Terminology

Technical Terminology


Your dashboard is your command-and-control centre for your servers. It lets you manage all your services, start up and destroy servers, see how you many resources you’ve been utilizing, and so much more.


Data Centre - This refers to the physical location of the server.


An image represents on operating system or software stack. CloudAfrica currently offers CentOS and Ubuntu KVM images.


When you register as a user, two network ranges will be provisioned for you. One with an external, internet-facing range, and one with an internal range safely demilitarized behind the firewall. By default, no public-facing IP addresses will be opened. You can access your machines through the CloudAfrica dashboard.


A profile is a view of the account you’re currently logged in as. Your profile page lets you manage personal information, and view information on your personal quotas.


This is why you’re here, selling servers is what CloudAfrica does.

There are two different types of servers:

·         Cloud Servers

A Cloud Server holds a fully operational operating system beneath it. This is what you want to get if it’s important to you to have full control over your operating system. We recommend this option for System Administrators.

·         Cloud Machines

Cloud Machines are a function of being able to manage the rest of the operating stack in the background. Cloud Machines are suggested if you have a clear outcome for your server. A Cloud Machine may run a stand-alone instance of a Ruby stack, for example. These are pre-defined machines that have specific roles associated to them. These are better suited to developers.

Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs)

VPCs are groupings of servers within a subnet. Access control lists allow you to manage who in the VPC may create, destroy and have access to a server.