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February 2022

The New Unified Cloud Panel

We’re proud to announce the latest release of our Cloud Panel. We’ve streamlined the Easy and Expert Panels into a unified interface, making it easier for you to access all of our features within a single view.

Read more about this exciting new release in our recently published blog post

Upcoming Object Storage API Breaking Changes

We will be updating our Object Storage Access Key APIs to allow for more granular access bucket control. This release will allow you to create new access keys which will only have access to buckets created with those access keys.

To make these changes, only users with admin level access will be able to use the current object storage access keys and the API once the feature is released. Further configurations will be added for write users and further documentation added. If you have any concerns feel free to get in touch.

Product Documentation

The central knowledge base detailing all of the features and functionalities of our offerings, the gridscale Product Documentation, is constantly being updated with all of our releases.

We’ve expanded several sections as follows:

  • The new Ecosystem section details all of the open-sourced tools and libraries available within the gridscale Ecosystem. 
  • The Server section now contains further details regarding hardware profiles.
  • The Storage section explains how licensing works for Windows and ISO Images
  • The Object Storage section now also describes Object Lock, an additional use case for a bucket site, plus Access Key Limits.
  • The Networking section has been extended to include ports that have been blocked for security reasons.
  • The Platform section now includes User Rights and Access Keys.
  • The Partner section now includes details on Account and User functionalities.

Partner API

We’ve added new SDN endpoints to the Partner API which now function in a similar way to the Panel. 

Old NameNew Name
vxlanvirtual switch
dhcp pinned serversvirtual switch pinned servers
breakouts vxlansbreakout virtual switches
mplsproject connection

The deprecated endpoints will stay around in the current version of the API, but taken out from v2 onwards. We recommend using the new endpoints.

API

We’ve added the latest Object Storage endpoints featuring our recently announced locations, and extended the Storage Backups endpoint to display the location of your backups. This extension retrieves all available backup locations available to your account. If you’re interested in learning more about available locations, do take a look at our Location Explorer.

The older version of the Contract Management API has been deprecated and the API documentation now contains the updated link to the latest version.

Platform Services – gridFs

gridFs is our latest managed Platform Service. This managed file system service offers the possibility to share files and folders across multiple servers within the same network.This is a huge step for our platform, as our targets are now focused on ReadWriteMany volumes for GSK – our Managed Kubernetes. You can read more about that here.

Github Ecosystem

Our JS-based API client gsclient-js was updated to v1.3.0, featuring typescript and dependency updates.

Our Go-based API client gsclient-go was updated to v3.8.1. You can now update server hardware profiles. We also fixed an issue with removing DHCP options. Q35 is now the default hardware profile while creating a server. 

We’ve updated our Terraform provider to v1.1w4.1 featuring the addition of the file system resource and the possibility to assign DHCP IP to a server, setting the backup location when creating a backup schedule, setting hardware profiles and support for vertical GSK scaling. Creating a server now assigns the default hardware profile as Q35. In terms of fixes, we resolved an issue with network ordering and deprecated the `ordering` field. Updating properties of relations between server-storage and server-network no longer requires the server to be shutdown and we’ve also extended the documentation for the server and network resources.

Storage Templates

We have extended our templates with Windows Server 2022 and Debian 11. If you want to know more about this Debian version, you can read about it in the corresponding announcement from Debian.

We’ve also deprecated the older Windows 2012 and Fedora 32 templates.

Templates

We’ve added OPNsense v21.7.1, pfSense v2.5.2, FreeBSD v12.3 and OpenBSD v7.0.

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