Significant Updates To Our VULTR Provider

VULTR recently introduced an update to their API, moving the primary version from ‘1’ to ‘2’.

Version 2.0 is a significant change and, even though version 1.0 isn’t going away anytime soon, we decided to bite the bullet and create a new provider that targets their V2 api.

As part of this update we’ve made the process of provisioning a server faster – now it takes the same time to provision a server as other providers. (With the V1 api we took an extra 15 minute hit vs other providers.)

New Features

Since we were making a whole lot of changes anyway we took the time to add a few new features:

  • We added an option to Auto-enable Vultr Backups when servers are created
  • There is a new option to assign Vultr tags to new servers, default is WPCD.

Both of these options are at the bottom of the VULTR settings tab.

And, just like our recently introduced feature for DigitalOcean, You can now trigger a Vultr snapshot from the BACKUPS tab of any server.

Bare Metal Servers

We have added preliminary support for Bare Metal Servers. With just a few clicks you can deploy a bare metal server as easily as you can a regular VPS.

As you might expect, bare metal servers have some quirks but getting started with them is now just as easy as any other VPS.

Other

With the new changes, we are really shipping three different server providers in one. Thus, your provider list will look a little different if you’ve been using VULTR.

Here is the list:

  • Vultr API V1, which we are officially deprecating. Vultr has already deprecated the V1 API but, given what they’ve said so far, it will be a while before they officially terminate it. So all your V1 servers can stay up and running and we’ll continue to support them to the extent that Vultr supports them. But we will not be adding any new features here.
  • Vultr API V2 – we recommend that all new VULTR VPS servers use this provider.
  • VULR Baremetal – or this one if you prefer baremetal servers. Note that you cannot take snapshots or Vultr-provided backups of baremetal servers; so you’ll need to make sure you have a solid backup strategy for each of these servers.

If you do not have any existing V1 servers, you will not see the V1 item. You can forcible ENABLE the V1 option in the WPCLOUDDEPLOY->SETTINGS->MISC tab (at the very bottom of the tab). Not sure why you would want to do this but it’s there if you need it for some reason.

Requirements & Availability

WPCD Version 4.8.1 or later is required to use this update. WPCD 4.8.1 is currently a FAST-RING release; once it transitions to general release, this provider will be available for all. If you’d like to give it a spin now you’ll be able to download it from your account screen. Or open a support ticket and we’ll send it to you!

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