The first step in hosting an application in the cloud is renting one or more servers from a cloud provider. In order to do so, you first need to set up an integration between Smoothy and your preferred cloud provider.
Smoothy supports integrations with different world-leading cloud providers. This way, you prevent vendor lock-in and are free to decide which cloud providers fit your budget and resource requirements best. If you, at a certain point in time, want to migrate to a different provider, you can do so, all via the same familiar interface.
This tutorial walks you step-by-step through the process of setting up an integration between DigitalOcean and Smoothy.
The tutorial assumes that:
To integrate a new cloud provider, head over to your team's integration page. This is accessible via the button in the right upper corner of Smoothy, as shown in the screenshot below.
The cloud providers section is located at the top of the integrations page, as shown in the screenshot below. Hover the button in the upper right corner of the cloud providers table and click Add cloud provider.
Next, a modal appears, similar to the one in the screenshot below. In this modal, you have to select which cloud provider that you like to set up an integration with. Given the focus of this tutorial, this should be DigitalOcean.
You can also specify a name for your cloud provider. By default, Smoothy fills out this field for you so you can leave it untouched. However, if you have multiple DigitalOcean integrations, you can assign each of them a distinctive name.
In the next step of the process, you need to specify a Personal Access Token that grants Smoothy access to your DigitalOcean account. To obtain such a token, you can follow along with the steps below.
First, head over to your DigitalOcean control panel. Open the section Manage in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page and click on the menu item API.
At the top of the Applications & API page, you find an overview of all the Personal access tokens that you generated for your account in the past. To generate a new token, click on the button labeled Generate New Token.
This will open up a form in which you have to specify a name for your token. It is recommended to use the word Smoothy in the name so that you at a later point in time remember that this specific token was created to be used with Smoothy.
You also need to specify the permissions that you want to grant to the token. Similar to the screenshot below, you need to enable both the Read and Write permission, if this is not already the case.
As soon as you click Generate Token, your new Personal access token appears. Copy this token to your clipboard and head back to Smoothy.
Finally, paste your Personal access token in the respective field and hit Create.
Your new DigitalOcean integration should now appear on your team's integrations page.
Now that you have successfully established an integration between DigitalOcean and Smoothy, you are ready to create your first deployment. To do so, you can follow along with one of these tutorials.
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