MoSMB File Gateway Use Cases
IT Administrators are looking for ways to reduce their physical data center infrastructure. A common strategy is to employ data tiering, that is, move secondary or tertiary data, such as seldom-used and long-term retention data, to the cloud. Additionally, IT Administrators want to take advantage of the scalability and elasticity of cloud architectures and features to access and use their data in flexible and autonomic ways.
MoSMB File Gateway can provide low-latency SMB access to S3 objects from on-premises applications. The file gateway configuration of MoSMB File Gateway enables hybrid IT architectures in use cases such as tiered file storage, archiving, on-demand bursting of workloads, and backup to any Cloud.
The following scenarios demonstrate how MoSMB File Gateway can be used in both cloud tiering and backup architectures.
In on-premise environments (NAS/SAN, on-premise data centers) where storage resources are stretched, migrating colder data to Public clouds can extend the life span of existing on-premise storage and reduce the need for CAPEX on additional storage hardware and data center resources. When you add MoSMB File Gateway to an existing data center, on-premises applications can take advantage of cloud S3 storage cost benefits, while ensuring low-latency access to frequently accessed data over SMB.
You can tier data using either native OS tools or third-party tools that have SMB integration.
Hybrid Cloud Backup
MoSMB File Gateway provides a low-latency SMB share using local NAS/SAN box. This makes it an ideal hybrid target for backup solutions that can use SMB. By using a mixture of local NAS/SAN, on-premise cloud like Minio, on-cloud storage like Amazon S3 Standard, and Amazon Glacier, you can store data on zero cost, tier to low-cost, highly durable cloud storage and tier it to progressively lower cost storage as the likelihood of restoration diminishes.
Example: Let us assume that backups have to be retained for one year. After 30 days, the likelihood of restoration becomes infrequent, and after 60 days it becomes extremely rare.
As an illustration, in this solution, Minio is used as the initial location for backups for the first 30 days. The backup software or scripts write backups to the SMB share, preferably in the form of multi-megabyte size files or larger. After another 30 days, the backups are transitioned to Amazon Glacier. Here they are held until a full year has passed since they were first created, at which point they are deleted.
MoSMB File Gateway can be connected to multiple clouds concurrently. The SMB shares can be configured to map to S3 buckets hosted by various clouds. The SMB clients can map these shares on different drives and drag-and-drop files or objects from one share to the other i.e. migrate all objects from one cloud to the other.
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