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How to Decide What Storage Set-up You Will Use and How to Set It Up

ArchiverFS is proficient to participating with almost any type of storage located in the cloud. Prior to determiningor setting up cloud archiving here are a few items that must be measured:

  • How much data do you want to archive?
  • How fast is your connection to the internet?
  • How large are the largest files that users may need to access via links that are seamless?

All 3 of these are vital to archiving performance of this solution to archiving. First these files will need to be moved to archive storage across the local internet connection, and then whenever users want to access those archived files, they will need to be recalled over it. For those who are thinking about archiving their file server to the cloud, we would recommend looking at this guide.

If you can move everything that has not been used in the last 3 years to archive storage, then as a guide it is recommended you permit 75% of your total file system to be moved. Visibly, the exact percentage will diverge, and you can always turn up or down the age settings when needed.

First, it is important for you to compute how long it will take to move 75% of your file system to cloud storage over your local internet connection. This is a calculation that is simple only when you recall not to mix-up Mb’s (Megabits) and MB’s (megabytes). File system size usually can be converted to MB’s, and line speed will be considered in Mb’s. Dividing Mb’s by 8 to get the conversion to MB’s.

Next you need to create the largest size archived file for your users that will usually need to access and work out the time it will take your user to open that size file using the internet connection.

You can set limits on files to be archived which might help when there is a small number of files that are meaningfully larger than average.

If your files are extremely large, or if the internet connection is not fast enough or if it will take too long to move all these files to cloud storage then it might be better to use stand-alone storage on sites such as a NAS device.

If you are happy to continue and all the numbers above add up, setting up for archiving is very simple.

Archiving over a VPN

As soon as you have your cloud VM up and running with a Windows operating system you can setup your site-to-site VPN. Nearly all cloud providers will let you organize a site-to-site VPN between your cloud facility and your on-site structure. This VPN is critical as it will allow connectivity between your internal infrastructure and your cloud service. Itis across this VPN that files will be moved and recovered.

Outbound connections

When organizing outbound connections for your VPN you need to guarantee that the server ArchiverFS will has access to it andbe certain that all workstations can access it. Once a workstation connects on a link that is left behind by ArchiverFS all the IO goes directly from the workstation to the archive server, it does not go via the ArchiverFS server.

Then when you configure the inbound connections you need to be certain that the cloud archive server can connect to at least one domain controller on your network. The cloud server will also need to be a member of your domain.

Once the VPN has been configured according firewall rules you should be able to connect your cloud server to your domain as a member server. Next, develop a test share on your archive server and make sure both the ArchiverFS server and your users can contact the new test share over the VPN.

Once you have arranged and tested your cloud server and VPN you need to work through the User Guide or the Quick Setup Guide to finish the setup.

Archiving to Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier provides almost unparallel cost per GB storage, as they are roughly on pare with a locally installed NAS device (depends on the specific device, service life, etc.). Amazon Glacier is a fantastic product, but there is one problem.

It is hard to assimilate Amazon Glacier with services on-premise. When this was written, you can only interrelate with it by the Amazon Glacier thru the Amazon console or by the HTTP API.

There is not a way to share Amazon Glacier storage to the network, or mount Glacier storage to a VM as a volume. But there are ways around this.

Amazon Storage Gateway allows you to extant Amazon storage volumes to your local network as if they were hosted on your local on-site servers. Additionally, you can develop procedures to move old files from your Amazon storage volumes to Glacier storage automatically.

You can learn more about their archiving product by visiting their website

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