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Redington’s object storage based network share mounting solution on AWS Cloud

Challenges

Let us first list the various challenges that our customers generally face in a normal on-premises tape-based backup solution or with a block storage-based backup solution on the computer.

1. Slow Access Speeds
2. High Setup Costs
3. Limit Scalability
4. Potential Media Issues, as well as Natural Disasters, are a threat
5. Technology Refresh Costs

Solution overview

The above-specified challenges can be compensated by making use of the S3 buckets as a network drive and writing a custom Shell script (if it is Linux OS) or Power shell script (if it is windows OS) to perform a DB dump data or application delta level data backups to be happening in the host machine and the content to get moved to this network file share, but in the backend, all the data were going to be saved in the S3 standard class (other classes can be considered but the SLA will vary based on the selected classes) which is designed to attain 99.99% availability.

An application which is used for carrying out the deployment, as well as the configuration, differs for the various operating system and details about the tools incorporations for the corresponding OS is described below.

  • For the windows based servers, an application such as TntDrive can be used for this use case of deploying S3 buckets as a network drive and for the Linux based distributions S3FS-FUSE (This is a free, open-source FUSE plugin and an easy-to-use utility that supports major Linux distributions & MacOS) can be used for the configuration.

Architecture

Deployment

For the Linux based distributions

  • System repositories of the source machine will be updated to the latest version and post this the S3 fuse (open-source) will be installed on the source machine with the latest edition.
  • IAM users with programmatic access will be created along with a custom policy for the S3 bucket accessibility.
  • S3fs credential files will be created in the Linux machine, where we will be replicating the access key and secret key details into this file.
  • Post this the S3 bucket which will be created either via the AWS CLI or via the console in the corresponding AWS region.
  • After the successful creation of the bucket, the created bucket can be mounted to the Linux file system as a network drive.
  • Once the mount point is working fine then the mount point details are tabulated in the Fstab of the Linux because when you restart the server the mounted directories will disappear and to prevent this from happening on your server. You need to set up an automount point using the Fstab file.

For the Windows-based operating system

  • For the windows based OS, a tool named as TntDrive will be used for this use case and first, the latest edition of the TntDrive will be downloaded and installed in the source machine. Post this the executable will be installed in the user’s program file directory.
  • IAM user with programmatic access will be created along with a custom policy for the S3 bucket accessibility.
  • Post this the S3 bucket which will be created either via the AWS CLI or via the console in the corresponding AWS region.
  • After the successful creation of the bucket, the created bucket can be mounted to the Linux file system as a network drive.
  • The access key, as well as the secret key, will be added for the TntDrive to communicate with the S3 for the read and write operations.

Benefits

  • Multiple Amazon EC2 instances to concurrently mount and access data in Amazon S3, just like a shared file system
  • Low Setup Costs
  • High Scalability
  • Higher Access Speeds

Redington can help mitigate the challenges of any data storage model. Our cloud experts help design solution that is unique to your requirements. Get in touch with us to know more about our services and how we can help you.

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