Cloudberry Lab is a company that makes backup and file management software for hybrid cloud environments, allowing users to backup or sync files from their local systems to the public cloud. While Cloudberry has paid products for backing up Windows servers and applications, they offer a piece of freeware called Cloudberry Explorer, which is a file manager that allows you to sync files from your Windows system to a number of public cloud options including OpenStack.
Create Cloud-A Bulk Volume Container
CloudBerry Explorer for OpenStack is built on OpenStack Swift technology, which means that users can use it with Cloud-A’s Bulk Storage ($0.075 per GB per month). You will need to create at least one Bulk Storage container by navigating to the storage tab in the Cloud-A dashboard and selecting “New Container.” Appropriately name your container and you are ready to download Cloudberry Explorer.
Tip: To keep your cloud-synced files organized, we recommend creating multiple Bulk Storage containers and treat them as if they were a folder directory on your local system.
Navigate to http://www.cloudberrylab.com/download-thanks.aspx?prod=cbosfree and download CloudBerry Explorer for OpenStack Storage.
Simply follow the steps to completed the installation wizard program.
Authenticate to your Bulk Storage Container
Once CloudBerry Explorer has launched you will notice that the left side of the screen represents your local systems folder directory and the right represents cloud storage. On the cloud storage side click the source drop down menu and select:
<New Storage Account>
Then enter your specific credentials as follows:
- Display name: email (Cloud-A login username)
- User name: email (Cloud-A login username)
- Api key: Cloud-A password
- Authentication Service: https://keystone.ca-ns-1.clouda.ca:8443/v2.0/tokens
- Tenant Name: email (Cloud-A login username)
Now Select “Test Connection” to ensure that the system has accepted your credentials.
If Test Connection fails, ensure that you have entered your credentials correctly. If you have entered your credentials correctly but are still receiving a “Connection Failed” error message, ensure that you have the correct ports open for Bulk Storage. Those ports are: 80, 443, 8443 and 8444.
If your credentials were entered correctly, the Bulk Storage container you created in the first step will appear in the file directory on the right side of the screen. To test the connection, select a test file from your local system, and select “Copy.” A transfer status message will appear briefly at the bottom of the screen and the file will copy from the left side of the screen and appear in your cloud storage container on the right.
To prove this concept, log into your Cloud-A dashboard and navigate to your new Bulk Storage container. You should see your test file.
Functional Use Cases:
- Upload very large files, like 4K HD videos, disk images, or backup archives, in multiple pieces efficiently and have them downloaded / served as a single file using an Object Manifest to glue the data back together.
- Archive data from old projects taking up unnecessary space on your production storage (CAD files, BIM files, PSD files.)
- Use with Cloud-A Windows instances and move infrequently used, non-mission critical data of off high performing SSD volume storage.
CloudBerry Explorer is a great way to manually sync files to Cloud-A, and a great introduction into hybrid cloud solutions. Check out some of CloudBerry Lab’s other products for more advanced features like scheduled backups and encrypting files.