Cloud Containers / NAS Gateway

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NAS Gateway / Cloud Container Management

QuantaStor can be configured to be a NAS gateway to object storage provided by OpenStack SWIFT, SoftLayer Object Storage, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob, Backblaze B2 and Google Cloud Storage. This is done by creating one or more Cloud Containers on your QuantaStor system which then show up as Network Shares that can be accessed via the standard NFS and CIFS protocols.

Note that a given Cloud Container can only be used by one QuantaStor system at a time. If you need to add it to another system, please disable it from the first system before activating the container on another.

Adding Cloud Provider Credentials

From the toolbar select Add Credentials from the Cloud Storage Provider section. You can also access this dialog by right clicking on a storage container in either the left or middle panes.

To begin using the Cloud Container feature, you will need to provide the QuantaStor system access to your Object Storage using the 'Add Cloud Provider Credentials' dialog available in the NAS Gateway tab of the WebUI as shown in the example:

The credentials for your object storage cloud can be found in the security/authentication pages of your Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or SoftLayer Cloud Storage accounts. Once your credentials have been added you can begin creating cloud containers within QuantaStor.

Creating a Cloud Container

From the toolbar select Create found in the "Cloud Container" section. You can also access this dialog by right clicking a Cloud Container and then clicking Create in either the left or middle panes.

Create a Cloud Container using the 'Create Cloud Storage Container' Dialog. In the dialog, specify a name for the Cloud Container, the Cloud Provider, the Location for the Cloud Provider object storage you wish to use (public or private) , which of the systems in your grid you wish to attach to the Cloud Container and the Passphrase/Encryption Key to secure the object storage and click OK to create your Cloud Container.

This is shown in the example:

Once the Cloud Container has been created, you can configure Network Share users and permissions via the Network Shares section of the Web interface: Managing Network Shares

Cloud Container Operations

Offline/Disable access to a Cloud Container on a a QuantaStor System: Disable Cloud Container

Enabling access to a offline Cloud Container on a a QuantaStor System: Enable Cloud Container

Troubleshooting and Repairing a Cloud Container if a Cloud Container does not mount: Repair Cloud Container

Exporting/removing access to a Cloud Container from a QuantaStor System: Export/Remove Cloud Container

Importing existing Cloud Containers to a QuantaStor System: Import/Add Cloud Container

Permanently deleting a Cloud Container, it's objects and it's bucket in the Object Storage: Delete Cloud Container

Cloud Provider Support

QuantaStor has support for most major public cloud object storage vendors including Amazon AWS S3, IBM Cloud Object Storage (S3 & SWIFT), Microsoft Azure Blob and others. The sections below outline the configuration steps required to create authentication keys required to make an object storage "bucket" available as NAS storage within QuantaStor.

Amazon Cloud Storage Configuration Steps

Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage Configuration Steps

Dropbox Configuration Steps

Google Cloud Storage Configuration Steps

Microsoft Azure Blob Configuration Steps

IBM Softlayer Swift Configuration Steps

IBM Softlayer S3 Configuration Steps

Ceph Object Storage Configuration Steps