This quickstart provides an overview of the OUTSCALE Cloud and the tools to use it.


3DS OUTSCALE offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, that is, on-demand computing infrastructure. IaaS users install their own applications and data in the provided virtual environments.

The resources provided are categorized as follows:

  • Compute resources. For more information, see Compute.

  • Storage resources. For more information, see Storage.

  • Network and security resources. For more information, see Network and Security.

Your OUTSCALE account defines the quotas of resources that you can consume. For more information, see Account.

Tools to Manage Your Resources


Application programming interfaces (APIs) are the primary means to communicate with the OUTSCALE Cloud. They are intended for users with programming knowledge. API calls can be integrated in your programs and scripts and are particularly useful for automation purposes.

Since 3DS OUTSCALE develops all of its services for the APIs first, the APIs allow you to execute all publicly available actions.

You can use the following APIs:

For more information, see About the APIs.

SDKs and CLIs

Software development kits (SDKs) are available to facilitate the use of the APIs in specific programming languages. Some SDKs take the form of command-line interfaces (CLIs), which enable sending API requests via commands in your terminal.

You can use the following CLIs:

For information about other available SDKs, see Advanced Cloud Tools.


A graphical user interface (GUI) provides an intuitive way to interact with the OUTSCALE Cloud, using visual elements such as buttons and menus. However, not all actions that are available through API are available through a GUI.

Cockpit is the GUI of the OUTSCALE Cloud. It is a user-friendly web interface for managing your resources. For more information, see About Cockpit.

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