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“Very cool stuff. It's cloud deployment for human beings.”

— Mark Russell

“Thanks for continuing to make complicated stuff easier!”

— Derek Schwartz

“This TurnKey cloud things is
uber cool!”

— David Longley

All your servers, in all regions, in one dashboard

Control your costs

Estimated costs based on uptime. Reserve the instance with pre-configured type, size and region.

IP addresses and hostnames

A static IP is just 1-click away. Use the free dynamic DNS service with *.tklapp.com or your custom domain.

Firewall rules and SSH auth

Quick preview your firewall rules, and edit the policy easily. Verify the server's SSH fingerprint to counter MITM attacks.

Zero-load snapshots

Save server state on demand or on an automatic schedule with zero-load snapshots. New servers can be quickly cloned from any snapshot.

Encrypted smart backups

Leverage TurnKey's Backup and Migration solution (TKLBAM) for pain-free, no configuration required, incremental encrypted backups.

“The Turnkey Hub is probably the best solution for using Amazon Web Services.
TurnKey makes it a breeze and the TKLBAM solution is epic!”

— Rob Shanks

Launching new servers has never been easier

The basics

First, you select the type of TurnKey appliance to deploy from a searchable list. 100+ are available and fully documented on the TurnKey website.

The Hub provides dynamic DNS configuration. You can assign a hostname under the free *.tklapp.com domain, or one of your own custom domains.

Root account

Experienced admins often prefer authenticating with SSH keys rather than root passwords because it provides excellent security while saving you the trouble of remembering yet another password.

Application pre-seeding

For extra convenience and security, the Hub makes it easy to configure application settings before booting your new cloud server for the first time.

That means you're up and running faster and don't need to race to change all the default passwords after launch.

Auto-configured VPC deployments

The Hub will handle creating and configuring VPC's, internet gateways, subnets, routing and security groups for you - a common stumbling block for even experienced sysadmins.

Security updates and alerts

By default, security updates will be automatically installed before any services start, and then on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, not everything can be fixed auto-magically, so if the need arises, we'll reach out to you.

Appliance specific policies

Without the Hub, a common stumbling block when launching a new server is the need to set up an appropriate firewall policy, also known as a security group in Amazon cloud terminology.

Using the Hub that's all taken care of for you. When you launch a new server an appropriate firewall policy is automatically created.

The default is to only allow ports which are open in a fresh install of the type of appliance you launched. You can change the rules at any time.

Schedule zero-load server snapshots

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" - Murphy's Law

Shit happens. Snapshots ask Amazon's fiber-optic storage backplane to save your server's disk state while it's running without impacting performance.

Since you can quickly clone new servers from snapshots this makes them the cloud server equivalent of a time machine crossed with a portal to a less obnoxious alternate dimension.

Programmable API and power tools

"Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible" - Computer pioneer Alan Kay.

The Hub's web interface is designed to make simple things as easy as possible for the common user.

For more advanced uses, users need more power and control. Nothing provides that better than a programmable API and command line interface.

This allows development of apps like CloudTask, a parallel batch execution tool which leverages the Hub to spin cloud servers on-demand.

Custom domains management and free dynamic DNS

Tightly integrated

No more hassling with separate, poorly-integrated DNS management tools. The Hub provides free DNS configuration, powered by Amazon Route 53, a robust cloud DNS service.

Auto-associate on launch

Right from the launch page you can configure a hostname for your server, and a DNS record will be automatically created and associated with the server's IP address.

You can choose between Dynamic and Static IP's.

Associate post launch

If you didn't associate a hostname during launch, you can do so right from the servers dashboard, on the fly.

Again, both Dynamic and Static IP's are supported.

Dynamic DNS

Dynamic DNS configuration is supported, so you can assign hostnames on-the-fly to servers without fixed IPs using the web interface, command line tools or the Hub API.

Free *.tklapp.com

Don't have a domain name? Just testing? Use a free tklapp.com hostname, the Hub will take care of the rest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the Hub with Amazon's free tier?

Yes. With the AWS free usage tier customers new to Amazon's cloud services automatically get 750 micro server hours per month free for up to a year. In a bid to get more users to try out their platform Amazon is giving away over $200 in value! For frequently asked questions regarding the free usage tier, see this page.

Can I reduce costs with reserved instances?

Yes. You can pay up to 76% less by purchasing reserved server capacity up-front. In exchange the hourly usage rate is heavily discounted and server capacity is guaranteed to be available when you need it.

Am I charged for running servers that I don’t use?

Amazon doesn't monitor how you use the servers you run on their cloud service. You pay for the cloud resources you consume even if those resources are wasted, the same way you pay for the electric energy that keeps the lights on even when you are out of the room.

How do I track my cloud server usage?

The Hub tracks cloud server uptime and can send you a weekly or monthly e-mail summary. You can also download detailed usage logs from the Amazon Web Services website.

What if I use a server for less than an hour?

Server time is metered in hourly increments so you will still get charged for a full hour.

How do I estimate server costs in advance?

Amazon charges you for server time, storage and bandwidth, in proportion to usage. Full pricing details are listed on the AWS website. A handy calculator is also available.

Unlike traditional hosting plans, you only pay for what you use. Cloud usage patterns are limited only by your imagination. For example, running a single server for 24 hours costs the same as running 24 servers for one hour.

Have more questions, see the FAQ page.


“The down-side of using Linux has always been the fairly steep learning curve.
TurnKey GNU/Linux changes all of that.”

— Tad Harrison, Paper Jammed