Get started | 3 - Set up server hosting

While you evaluate zeuz server hardware orchestration tools, and to follow this tutorial, we recommend that you use your own account with a cloud server provider (options listed below). This is sufficient to complete this tutorial and run tests on the zeuz orchestration platform.

However, when your game is in production, you can use zeuz-managed server hosting to scale your game’s server hosting flexibly and cost-effectively, based on user demand for your game. For the most flexibility, we recommend that you use Hybrid Cloud with a combination of zeuz-managed bare-metal machines and zeuz-managed cloud servers.

INFO: What does zeuz-managed server hosting cost? See the documentation on orchestration and hosting pricing.


INFO: What are bare-metal machines, cloud server, and Hybrid Cloud

Bare-metal machines
Computer server hardware that hosts a game’s server software for one account only (one account is usually one game studio). When you use zeuz services, you can use zeuz-managed bare-metal machines to host your game.

Cloud server
Computer server hardware that hosts a game’s server software where more than one cloud customer shares the same hardware. Each customer has a virtual machine, discrete from other customers on the same machine. Cloud servers provide the same functionality and support the same operating systems and applications as bare-metal machines.

When you use zeuz services, you can use zeuz-managed cloud servers (provided by Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or Tencent Cloud) or cloud servers which you organise directly with cloud service providers. There is more information on cloud service providers later in this tutorial.

Hybrid Cloud
A combination of hosting your game on bare-metal machines and on cloud servers. It allows you to scale server resources efficiently and cost-effectively, depending on user demand for your game.

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Hosting options

There are various options for server hosting with zeuz game server orchestration. With all hosting options, zeuz provides payload management, orchestration and support.

In order to complete this tutorial and evaluate zeuz, you need your own account with a cloud server provider, however, when you are developing your own game and when it is in production, you can use zeuz-managed options.

Your own account with a cloud server provider

If you don’t already have a cloud server account with one of them, visit one of the following websites to sign up:

Once you have set this up, or if you already have a cloud server provider account, you can continue to 4 - Set up zeuz with your cloud server.

zeuz-managed options

When your game is in production, you can use zeuz-managed server hosting and Hybrid Cloud to scale your game’s server hosting flexibly and cost-effectively, based on user demand for your game.

INFO: More about zeuz-managed server hosting

zeuz works with a large network of regional and global bare-metal machine infrastructure partners to deliver the best performance in each region in which we operate. Our partners must fulfil strict requirements that include offering infrastructure that is geographically close to our gamers, to minimize latency and maximize uptime.

Our contracts with infrastructure partners include 24/7/365 incident response to provide zeuz customers with security and reliability.


zeuz-managed server hosting

zeuz-managed hosting can be more cost-effective for session-based games than using cloud server providers only. However, this takes a little time to set up, so we recommend that you evaluate zeuz orchestration using your own account with a cloud server provider first.

zeuz offers:

  • zeuz-managed bare-metal machines

  • zeuz-managed cloud server There are two types of zeuz-managed cloud server:
    - reserved cloud server
    - on-demand cloud server

Contact zeuz Customer Support (contact: support@zeuz.io) to set up zeuz-managed hosting.

Hybrid Cloud

With Hybrid Cloud you configure your game’s server hosting between the following:

  • zeuz-managed bare-metal machines and
  • cloud server. Cloud server can be either:
    - zeuz-managed cloud server, or
    - your own account with a cloud server provider.

Hybrid Cloud is the most flexible option, but because zeuz-managed hosting takes a little time to set up, we recommend that you evaluate zeuz orchestration using your own account with a cloud server provider first.

Contact zeuz Customer Support (contact: support@zeuz.io) to set up zeuz-managed hosting.


Now go to 4 - Set up zeuz with your cloud server.


2021-may-19 Page updated with editorial review: clarification of zeuz terms
2021-jan-19 Page created with editorial review


Last edited on: October 15, 2021 (3690d668)