Brightbox services are provided through an Account. A typical customer has at least one Account through which they manage their resources, such as Cloud Servers and Load Balancers. It is possible to create multiple Accounts, for example, to manage resources for separate customers of your own.
See the Accounts page for more information.
Each Account is created with default resource limits which determine the total Cloud Server RAM, the number of Cloud IPs and the number of Load Balancers which may be in use at any one time. A default limit is applied to all new Accounts on creation, but you can request an increase to each of the 3 limits at any time via Brightbox Manager.
Each Account can have multiple API Clients.
Brightbox Manager is a web-based GUI which can be used to create and manage Brightbox Accounts and update billing details etc. It’s accessible at https://manage.brightbox.com
The CLI (or “Command Line Interface”) is the primary method of creating and managing resources, such as Cloud Servers and Load Balancers, with Brightbox Cloud.
See the CLI guide for more information.
Cloud IPs are publicly accessible IP addresses that can be mapped instantly to Cloud Servers and Load Balancers. Cloud IPs belong to the Account they are created on until they are destroyed (i.e released back into the pool for other customers to use).
For more information on Cloud IPs, see the Cloud IP guide.
The Graphical Console provides direct access to a Cloud Server, as if sat at a physical keyboard.
The Cloud Firewall is a distributed stateful firewall for controlling access to, from and between Cloud Servers. See the Cloud Firewall Reference for more information.
An Image (or Cloud Server Image) is a virtual disk image from which a Cloud Server can be created. Brightbox provides several “official” images for common OSes, but you can create your own - either by snapshotting existing servers or uploading new images (see Image Library Guide).
For for more information, see the Server Image reference.
The image library provides storage for Images. It can be used to download (export) snapshots, or upload new images for use in Brightbox Cloud.
For more information on the Image Library, see the Image Library guide.
An Interface (or “Network Interface” or “Cloud Server Interface”) represents the virtual network interface of a Cloud Server. Currently, a single Interface is created on each Cloud Server - but it is planned that multiple Interfaces will be supported in future.
A Load Balancer (or “Cloud Balancer”) is an individual cloud Load Balancer instance belonging to an Account. Load Balancers enable you to create scalable and fault tolerant systems by distributing traffic across a pool of Cloud Servers, which can be located in multiple Zones within the same Region.
Each Load Balancer can balance multiple protocols at once and is highly available across a Region - designed to tolerate the loss of an entire Zone without disruption.
For more information, see the Load Balancer guide
A Server Type represents a particular set of Cloud Server specifications, in terms of RAM size, disk size/type and number of CPU cores.
For more information, see the Server Types reference page.
A Region represents a geographical area which contains one or more Zones.
Regions are identified by a region code, which consists of a 2-letter ISO 3166-1 country code followed by a digit e.g. GB1, DE1, US2 etc.
At present there is one Region (GB1), located in Northern England, UK.
A User represents a person. It may have access to many accounts, whether as the Owner or with limited permissions.
A Zone represents an individual Brightbox datacentre location. Zones are physically isolated from others within the same Region, but are interconnected by diverse, redundant, low latency fibre links.