The Data Center Designer (DCD)

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The Data Center Designer (DCD) is a unique visualization tool allowing for the creation and management of your virtual data center infrastructure.

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The Data Center Designer - Our Philosophy

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Data Center Designer

To make your entry into the management of your Cloud infrastructure easy to manage and intuitive to use, our designers created the Data Center Designer (DCD for short) graphical user interface. The ProfitBricks Data Center Designer (DCD) is a graphical interface that makes it easy for you to set up, configure and manage your virtual data center infrastruture.

The DCD enables you to implement all of the functions that you would also require from a physical data center. You have everything you need to be able to create, configure and manage your own IT infrastructure. Please note: A full API is also available and can be used to automate the provisioing and configuraiton of a virtual data center.

A Remote Console (in the DCD) is avaialble and gives you complete Root access on all of your virtual machines.

Advantages of the Data Center Designer

The graphic interface of the Data Center Designer makes the creation of your virtual data center effortless - without having to build a costly physical infrastructure. With our effortless drag & drop user experinece, your infrastructure is quickly created, and elements are easily connected and configured.

Designing your virtual infrastructure is simple. You no longer need to use confusing network tables - everything is set up right in front of you on the DCD and gives you an immediate overview of your infrastructure.

This adaptability is reflected not only in your component arrangement, but also in your resources configuration. You can freely choose what you want to have and adjust it to your will; whether it's CPU Cores, RAM, storage devices, disk space, network interfaces, load balancers, firewalls or IP addresses.

Virtual Server

The DCD virtual servers are provisioned and hosted in our various ProfitBricks data centers. Virtual servers act exactly as a physical server would and can be configured and managed according to your operating system.

You create the entire infrastructure right in front of you, while easily having the ability to immediately adjust or change whatever needs updating.

You receive full root / administrator access to your virtual servers, and can configure them according to your needs. A provisioned virtual server keeps its installation information (resources, drive assignments, etc...) even when it is restarted. A server is only removed from a virtual data center when it is deleted from the DCD by a user.

You can create as many servers as you like. Depending on the CPU type the following limits apply:

  • AMD CPU: up to 62 cores and 240 GB RAM,
  • Intel® CPU: up to 19 cores and 120 GB RAM.

When selecting an Intel® CPU, a corresponding hyper-thread is included automatically.

Each storage device has a maximum upper limit of 16 TB (HDD storage) respectively 500 GB (SSD storage).

Virtual Network

Virtual networks at ProfitBricks behave as normal, physical networks do. Transmitted data is kept completely separate from other subnets and cannot be recorded or seen by other users. As a user you have the full freedom to assign IP addresses. This is normally an automatic process by our DHCP server, but these can also be assigned manually.

You might notice the absence of switches in the visualization of your infrastructure. Functions such as switching, routing and forwarding are integrated into the software defined network (SDN) stack and are handled by ProfitBricks. If you want to route a private network by using a virtual machine, you must first configure the virtual machine and adjust the routing table.

In order to protect your network against unwanted access or attacks, you can enable a firewall for each NIC. Please note that any calls will then be blocked after activation. In the next step you can define the rules for your firewall, determining which data packets are allowed, and which are not. For UCD, TCP and ICMP protocols, you can set rules for individual or destination IPs.

Virtual Storage

Virtual Storages (hard drives) correspond to iSCSI block devices and behave exactly as a Direct Attached Storage would. ProfitBricks block storages are on their separeate and are specially developed Network Attached Storages and are kept separate from the physical servers.

You can add an HDD image to your storage (HDD or SSD) and use it as an optional boot drive, or leave it empty.

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