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Posted: October 19, 2015 Modified: January 6, 2017

About the LinuxONE Community Cloud

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What is the IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud for Developers

The IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud provides free access to developers, students, and entrepreneurs to virtual servers and services for testing and piloting emerging applications for evaluation purposes.

LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions designed to support business-critical Linux applications. LinuxONE is designed to take Linux in the enterprise to the next level, by bringing together the benefits of Linux – its flexibility, agility and collaborative environment – with the industry’s most advanced high-performance, trusted processing platform that underpins today’s enterprise IT.

Who is offering the LinuxONE Community Cloud for Developers?

The LinuxONE Community Cloud is offered through a partnership between IBM and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Other partnerships and locations are planned for the future.

Are there any restrictions on who can request access?

The LinuxONE Community Cloud is being offered to anyone who wants to try LinuxONE, e.g. software developers, researchers and students. There are no restrictions. However IBM clients and IBM independent software vendors should request access for other available systems and resources so that appropriate technical support can be provided.

How much does access to LinuxONE Community Cloud cost?

Access to this cloud requires registration. Once approved, access is free of charge.

Why is the LinuxONE Community Cloud being offered?

The purpose of the offering is to foster innovations and to enable development of solutions, especially in the open source community.

Access to the IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud

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How do I request access and what information do I need to supply?

You need to go the website to register. You must provide a valid email address and mobile telephone number capable of receiving SMS messages. A verification code is sent to your phone. To complete the process, you must provide this code on the registration form.

What information will I receive once my registration is successful?

Once registration is complete, you will receive an email with information to access the Community Cloud Self Service Portal. You can then log in and start deploying your own virtual server immediately.

How long is the LinuxONE virtual server available for my use?

Access to your account can be up to 120 days. You are required to renew your registration every 30 days via your email. Failure to do so will result in termination of your registration.

If your account and deployed server are inactive for over 30 days, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and release your allocated resources without notice.

What happens to my LinuxONE virtual server after it expires?

After expiration, the virtual server will be stopped and deleted. Disk storage will be formatted. Your account to the Community Cloud portal will no longer be valid. You should backup any user data you want to save before the expiration.

Can access to the LinuxONE virtual server be extended?

At this time there are no provisions for extending access.

Using the IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud

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Is there a choice of Linux distributions for the virtual server?

A catalog of deploy-able images will be available for you to select during the deployment process. You can choose from the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

What is the resource configuration of the virtual server?

You can select from a list of predefined flavors (configurations) during the deployment process. You can get up to 2 virtual CPUs, 4 GB memory, and 45 GB disk storage.

How many virtual servers can I deploy?

Each account has a quota of 1 virtual server. During the 120-day trial period, you can use the Community Cloud Portal to delete and re-deploy a virtual server if needed (for example: to try a different Linux image).

What workload can I run on the LinuONE Community Cloud?

Linux on a LinuxONE system is the same Linux that runs anywhere else, e.g x86 architecture. Open source applications such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Apache Web Server, Tomcat Application Server, Nagios Monitoring Service, and many others are available on LinuxONE.

For more information about open source software, please visit
The open source community and IBM LinuxONE website

For example hints and tips, please refer to the LinuxONE Community Cloud Knowledge Corner.

What security comes with my Linux virtual server?

Your server will be accessible from a public network. We will take reasonable effort to protect the environment from unauthorized intrusions. Security of the virtual server is ultimately the user’s responsibility. You must not configure your virtual server in such a way that jeopardize the security of your fellow cloud users in the network.

What level of service does the Community Cloud provide?

Since the Community Cloud is a shared environment for testing and evaluation purpose, only basic service level will be provided. Please refer to the host’s Terms of Use for more details.

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