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Zadara NAS in the Google Cloud Platform

Zadara Storage just added the Google Cloud Platform to the list of supported public cloud providers. This will allow you to connect Linux and Windows Google Cloud Engines (GCE’s) running inside the Google Cloud to Zadara’s enterprise storage located in our Ashburn, VA data centers.

Currently, there are several options that will allow self-managed NAS running on GCE’s, but they require staff to manage and time to configure. Most service providers and companies are moving away from that model and are adopting Storage as a Service (STaaS) to reduce complexity and management overhead.

Zadara’s Clouds are managed 24/7 by a dedicated team of DevOps engineers to make sure data is accessible within the highly available architecture.

Zadara NAS in the Google Cloud Platform: How it Works

With GCE and Zadara, storage can be provisioned in minutes and accessible from both Central US and Eastern US regions and zones using a common NAS. Just create a Zadara VPSA by selecting GCP as the Cloud Provider:

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Zadara Provisioning Portal Now Supports GGP

Once custom networking is provisioned for you by our Operations team, you can manage your storage via an ssh tunnel into any of your Linux GCE’s using an external ephemeral or static IP. If you expose your Windows GCE using RDP, you can manage directly via remote desktop.

Management of your VPSA is very straightforward. However, it is important to understand that in GCP, the routes announced to Zadara’s Clouds are via the GCE external IP. For security reasons, you will need to specify the IP address with a /32 (the exact IP address) instead of giving a subnet range.

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When creating a server record, use the exact IP address

In the example above, I was able to mount the “nfs1” share to both GCE’s running in US Central and US East. Having a common file share is extremely convenient when running in different regions. You should be able to mount anywhere within the GCP, but coast-to-coast latency probably would not work well for most applications.

If you would like to test Zadara with GCE, please contact me and I will get you started with a free 7-day trial to show you how easy and quick it is to setup a NAS configuration in the Google Cloud Platform.

 

Howard Young

Howard@zadarastorage.com

+1 (949) 251-0360 x202

November 3, 2016

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Zadara Storage Cloud for Managed Service Providers

Introduction

Many people question what the Zadara Storage Cloud can do for managed service providers. The Zadara Storage Cloud is very robust at meeting the storage requirements for both single and multiple users. With its software defined storage (SDS) capabilities, it can be scaled up and down based on current usage needs. In this instructional brief, we examine how to manage multiple clients in AWS using Zadara Storage Cloud, scaling up and scaling out the storage as your customer base grows.

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April 20, 2016

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OwnCloud – Running 3rd Party Apps on the VPSA

Introduction

Many customers have asked about running 3rd party apps on the VPSA. With Zadara’s Container Services, application developers can run Docker Containers embedded in the Virtual Private Storage Array. This provides a powerful application layer to extend the capabilities of the enterprise storage by bringing the application closer to the hardware for faster and optimal performance. No more network latency, just fast access to terabytes of world class storage.

Nowadays, quick, snappy and highly responsive cloud apps are what we expect to see. In this post, I’ll show how to get that “desktop experience” running OwnCloud – a popular file sharing application – using Zadara’s VPSA.

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April 17, 2016

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Zadara’s Ability to Connect to Multiple VPCs at AWS

Does Zadara have the ability to connect to multiple VPCs at AWS?

Within a private data centre, the flexibility of owning and managing the local network means that the way in which storage is assigned to servers can be tightly configured. Fibre channel provides all the capabilities for multi-tenancy, using features like zoning and masking. In the IP world, traffic can be isolated through the use of VLANs and separate subnet ranges.

In Amazon Web Services (AWS), Virtual Private Clouds or VPCs can be used to create whole isolated networks that can be further subdivided into separate subnets. A VPC might be used to manage an entire department or in many cases there may only be a single VPC defined. Zadara’s VPSA provides the capability to connect to multiple VPCs and deliver multi-tenanted storage either to one or more VPCs in a single AWS account or connect multiple VPCs from separate AWS accounts. Multi-VPC support provides a high degree of flexibility in defining storage networks with VPSA, as well as making sure resources are used as efficiently as possible.

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April 4, 2016

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Comparing AWS EBS vs. Zadara VPSA (And Why Zadara Doesn’t Sit on Top of EBS)

A recurring question our new customers ask is: “are you providing a storage solution on top of Amazon Elastic Block Storage (AWS EBS)?” While there are those vendors who employ this approach, Zadara delivers an enterprise solution by allocating individual physical drives to each customer that are completely isolated from those of other customers and from the EBS infrastructure.

Zadara Storage Clouds are built in data centers adjacent to Amazon EC2 and connected to EC2 using multiple short, private, redundant 10Gbps links in each region (this capability is called AWS Direct Connect). As shown in the figure below, your AWS Virtual Private Cloud is directly connected to Zadara and will be seen as native block and file storage to your AWS EC2 instances.

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January 11, 2016

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Utilize Docker Containers on Zadara Storage to Perform Work on Files as They Are Created

Watch Folders and Fire Custom Events with Zadara Container Services (Docker)

Ever wish your storage was just a little more intelligent and customizable? That day is here!

With the inclusion of Zadara Container Services (ZCS) in our 15.07 software release, Docker can be utilized by an administrator to perform nearly limitless operations on your share’s files. Running Docker containers on your Zadara storage comes with the unique ability to do data processing with the data locally accessible to the program – rather than needing to traverse the network layer for data access.

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November 11, 2015

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Backup to S3 (B2S3) AWS Proxy

Reduce Amazon Charges and Increase B2S3 Throughput Utilizing an HTTPS Proxy in EC2

As part of our 15.07 product release, Zadara Storage now offers the ability to backup snapshots of your volumes to S3, or to any S3 API compatible object store. This provides a cost effective, infinitely scalable storage destination for your volume backups, all from an integrated solution right in your VPSA.

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September 21, 2015

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VPSA Backup: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data

Introduction

Disks fail, data centers go offline, but with Zadara’s new incremental backup to Amazon S3 (B2S3) solution, you can protect and archive your data, and then restore to any location as a new volume or block device. In this post, I cover our new B2S3 capability and three other methods you can use to protect your data.

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September 3, 2015

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VPSA Backup: 4 Ways to Protect Your Data

Introduction

Disks fail, data centers go offline, but with Zadara’s new incremental backup to Amazon S3 (B2S3) solution, you can protect and archive your data, and then restore to any location as a new volume or block device. In this post, I cover our new B2S3 capability and three other methods you can use to protect your data.

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September 3, 2015

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Zadara Storage Enhances Amazon Web Services’ Capabilities

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a great storage and cloud computing solution. Zadara Storage accelerates their best features and adds additional enterprise-grade features to make AWS a data center-grade solution.

Let’s take a quick look at the four key categories where you can take advantage of Zadara Storage capabilities: Volume Size, File Storage, Services Provided, and Deployment Options.

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August 31, 2015

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