Deploy a VSCode Server in Minutes using Spheron Compute

Deploy a VSCode Server in Minutes using Spheron Compute

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Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is a popular code editor used by developers around the world. It's known for its flexibility, extensions, and collaboration features. If you're looking to harness the power of VSCode in a server environment, Spheron Compute offers a quick and efficient way to deploy a VSCode Server instance in just a few minutes. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process, so you can enjoy the benefits of coding in the cloud with VSCode. Let's get started!

What is a VSCode Server?

The VS Code Server is a service built off the same underlying server used by the VS Code Remote Development extensions. It allows users to work in various environments, such as the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), remote machines via SSH, and dev containers directly from VS Code. The server is installed on the remote environment and enables the local VS Code to interact smoothly with remote source code and runtimes.

What is Spheron Network?

Spheron Network is a next-generation PaaS that offers low-cost and seamless access to Web3 infrastructure across multiple chains. It is explicitly designed to serve a broader audience, including startups, developers, and organizations looking to scale their infrastructure.

Spheron Network offers a Compute Marketplace that you can use to set up useful tools like VSCode Server quickly. With Spheron, you don't have to worry about the technical stuff and you can focus on using your VSCode Server with ease. In addition to compute, web hosting, and storage capabilities, Spheron offers many features to enhance productivity and enable stakeholders to reach new heights while prioritizing privacy, security, and reliability.

How do you deploy a VSCode Server using Spheron Compute?

You can follow these steps to deploy a VSCode Server on Spheron Compute.

Step 1: Create a Free Spheron Network Account

  1. Visit Spheron Network: https://spheron.network/

  2. On the Spheron homepage, locate and click the "Free Trial" button.

  3. You'll be directed to a login/signup page. Choose your preferred authentication method: Web2 (GitHub account, GitLab account, or Bitbucket account) or Web3 (Ethereum).

  4. Follow the provided prompts to authenticate your chosen account securely. This step ensures safe access to the Spheron Network platform.

  5. After successful authentication, you'll be guided to a confirmation page confirming the completion of your account setup.

Step 2: Creating an Organization

  1. Upon logging in, navigate to the "Compute" section using the dropdown on the top right corner.

  2. You'll be prompted to create your organization's name, username, and Avatar. Add and click “Save”.

  3. Next, you'll be taken to a new page. Click the "New Cluster" button.

Step 3: Deploying a VSCode Server With Spheron Platform UI

Follow these steps to deploy a VSCode Server:

  1. Choose "Compute" to use CPU-based instances for running containers.

  2. Choose the type of compute you need from the options under "Compute Type." You can pick the one that suits your requirements.

NOTE: Please schedule a team call to gain early access to On Demand Type.

  1. Select "Start from Marketplace App".

  2. Pick "VSCode Server" from the marketplace. It's as easy as choosing an app you want to install.

  3. Select your preferred region for deployment. The container will be deployed in any region for Spot, or in the eu-east region for On Demand. Choosing a region closer to your users can improve performance and reduce latency. Spheron offers the following regions to choose from for Spot:

    • US-east

    • US-west

    • US-central

    • EU-west

    • Any

NOTE: It is recommended to select any region for Spot to get a higher chance of successful deployment as it will deploy on any providers in the network.

  1. Next, Choose an instance plan that aligns with your requirements. Spheron will recommend a suitable plan according to the VSCode Server template, but you can customize it if needed from available plans or choose to 'Create Custom Plans'

  2. Next, Configure storage:
    You have to choose Storage from the available options. This storage will be volatile storage and is erased when the instance is restarted, redeployed, or shut down.

    Additionally, you get the option to choose Persistent Storage. Persistent storage will not be erased unless the instance is closed. If choosing persistent storage, specify the type of storage (HDD, SSD, NVMe) and Add mount point.

  3. For advanced configurations, feel free to explore more options. Just click here to learn more about these advanced settings.

  4. Once you're all set, click "Deploy" to start the deployment process. It's as simple as that!

That's it! Your VSCode Server instance will now be deployed.

NOTE: Keep in mind that you can access the VSCode Server only after the Compute Instance is provisioned. So, allow some time for the installation to complete before you can start using it.

Connecting to the VSCode Server

  • To connect to your VSCode Server, use the Connection URL provided by Spheron under Port Policy Info.

  • Once your VSCode Server instance is up and running, you can access it using the provided PASSWORD in the Additional Configuration.

Benefits of Deploying VSCode Server with Spheron Compute

Deploying your VSCode Server with Spheron Compute offers many benefits, including:

  1. Simplicity and Speed: Spheron Compute's user-friendly interface and streamlined deployment process make it easy for both beginners and experienced users to set up a VSCode Server quickly. You can save valuable time that would otherwise be spent on server provisioning and configuration.

  2. Cost-Efficiency: Spheron Compute provides cost-effective solutions, ensuring you get the most out of your resources. You can choose the plan that aligns with your budget and scale as needed without breaking the bank.

  3. Reliability and Performance: Spheron's infrastructure is designed for stability and high performance. Your VSCode Server will run smoothly, ensuring you have access to your data when you need it, without interruptions.

  4. Flexibility: With a variety of instance plans and the ability to create custom plans, you can tailor your deployment to meet your specific requirements. This flexibility allows you to optimize your resources for the best performance.

  5. Persistent Storage: Spheron Compute offers the option to add persistent storage, ensuring your data is safe and accessible even if the instance is updated or replaced.

  6. Scalability: Whether you're starting small or planning for growth, Spheron Compute allows you to scale your VSCode Server deployment with ease. You can handle increasing data volumes and growing user demands effortlessly.

  7. Support and documentation: Spheron provides comprehensive documentation and support, helping you navigate any challenges you may face during deployment and development.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to deploy a VSCode Server within minutes, you can harness the power of VSCode in a server environment, making it easier to work on your projects, whether they're personal, open source, or part of a team effort. So, get started with Spheron Compute and elevate your coding experience to the next level. Happy coding!

Explore the Spheron Guide to start your journey toward hassle-free deployment and development.

Resources

Spheron VSCode Server Guide: https://docs.spheron.network/marketplace-guide/vscode/

VSCode Server Documentation: https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/remote/vscode-server