Exoscale is a Swiss-based cloud services platform providing hosting and infrastructure services, including storage, throughout central Europe. This article walks through adding Exoscale object storage to the Enterprise File Fabric. For information on launching the Enterprise File Fabric from on the Exoscale cloud platform itself see Getting Started with Exoscale.by
The Enterprise File Fabric provides a global file system through which users and applications can transparently access corporate file systems and object storage no matter where they or the storage is located. To provide universal browsing, search, and other services the File Fabric scans and smartly indexes file and object metadata. In this way, no data is copied or replicated, and the metadata is used to build out the high-performance global file system.
Unlike other global file system solutions, the File Fabric does not prevent direct access to the storage – what we call bi-model access. Data can be accessed and updated concurrently through the File Fabric and directly through native file and object-APIs. When objects are updated through native APIs the File Fabric metadata should also be updated to keep indexes and other metadata synchronized.
An earlier blog article outlined three general approaches for keeping metadata up to date, including a specific example using Amazon S3 object notifications. See Using AWS Lambda to Automatically Sync Metadata With S3 Events. This article describes a similar approach we have developed for file systems using the same framework we call Jibe.
The Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric™ platform now supports Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as a first-class storage provider. It’s been one of our most requested storage providers. Many organizations are already using Backblaze for cloud backup and want other data and workflows to take advantage of low cost cloud storage.
This blog walks through setting up a Backblaze B2 provider, highlighting some of the nifty features as well as nuances and recommended settings.
The Enterprise File Fabric indexes Amazon S3 metadata to provide a number of enhanced file services over S3 object storage including reading/browsing and searching. The File Fabric has its own indexing engine to provide these services.
Applications may update/upload/delete objects through the File Fabric or in a bi-modal fashion directly through S3 APIs. When objects are updated directly using S3 APIs the File Fabric metadata must also be updated. There are a number of ways that the metadata can be updated:
We’re pleased to announce the releases of Storage Made Easy Azure Storage Drive and Storage Made Easy Azure Storage Explorer for Microsoft Azure Blob storage. Joining our family of standalone desktop apps, these new drive and explorer releases allow end users to interact with Azure object storage through familiar interfaces.
With high scalability and availability Azure object storage is increasingly a secure and cost-effective choice for hosting corporate documents and files. The challenge is that object storage can be difficult for end users to use particularly given that the object paradigm is different from what users are used to with traditional file and block storage.