Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Agile Computing

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

Tutorial: CloudAFS in the Cloud Gateway Mode

This tutorial covers how to configure CloudAFS as a Cloud Gateway

Since we launched Gladinet Cloud Gateway beta last October (2009), thousands of users have downloaded and registered for the beta license while more than ten thousands downloaded the Gladinet Cloud Desktop.

Based on user feedback, we have since released the CloudAFS as a sequel to the Cloud Gateway, with CIFS/NFS support, with Active Directory integration and with Cloud Backup functionalities to a file server. The functionality has exceeded what a cloud storage gateway is so the product name thus becomes CloudAFS – Cloud Attached File Server.
However, Cloud Gateway is still an important part of the CloudAFS.

This tutorial covers how to configure CloudAFS as a Cloud Gateway for the Gladinet Cloud Desktop clients.

image

We will use AT&T Synaptic Storage and EMC Atmos Online as examples.

After you have downloaded and installed CloudAFS, you can open Management Console, which is the center UI for all the CloudAFS related management work.

Step 1 – Mount the Virtual Directories in CloudAFS

image

On the Cloud (Tier 2) Storage section, click on the Virtual Directories. On the right hand panel, click the Mount Virtual Directory button. You can then mount AT&T Synaptic Storage as virtual directory.

After you have mounted the AT&T Synaptic Storage as a virtual folder, you can pick any folder inside your AT&T account and publish that folder. For example, we publish it as MyATT_Folder below.

image


After the folder is published, you can see by default Cloud Desktop instances have access to it. You can also add Windows users to it if you want to enable the CIFS/NFS access functionalities.

The same steps can be used for EMC Atmos Online Accounts. Reference the instruction here to map EMC Atmos Online as virtual folders.

image

Once you are done mounting the AT&T Synaptic Storage and EMC Atmos Online Storage, you can see your published shares from the File Server Manager section on the left hand panel. For one virtual directory, you can publish multiple shares for different folders within as you like.

image

Step 2 – Connect to the CloudAFS from Cloud Desktop
(This UI is from the user’s desktop, not from CloudAFS)

image

The folders will show up on the root folder of the mapped drive.

image

This way, you configure the cloud storage of AT&T  Synaptic Storage and EMC Atmos Online on the CloudAFS side. You will then use it as a Cloud Gateway for Gladinet Cloud Desktop client or for CIFS/NFS clients. The users can access the AT&T Synaptic Storage or EMC Atmos Storage at local LAN speed to the CloudAFS. The CloudAFS then will act as a gateway to the destination storage.

The combination of the Cloud Desktop and CloudAFS provides institutions a complete set of Cloud Access solutions.

For more information, visit http://www.gladinet.com/p/moreaboutcloudafs.htm

More Stories By Jerry Huang

Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


CloudEXPO Stories
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will detail these pain points and explain how cloud can address them.
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-centric compute for the most data-intensive applications. Hyperconverged systems already in place can be revitalized with vendor-agnostic, PCIe-deployed, disaggregated approach to composable, maximizing the value of previous investments.
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it's important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. "Fly two mistakes high" is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by sharing information within the building and with outside city infrastructure via real time shared cloud capabilities.
As Cybric's Chief Technology Officer, Mike D. Kail is responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the platform. Prior to founding Cybric, Mike was Yahoo's CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 24 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.