Periodically, we turn over control of the CenturyLink Cloud blog to members of our certified technology ecosystem to share how they leverage our platform to enable customer success. This week’s guest author from the Cloud Marketplace Provider Program is Matt Blanchard from SoftNAS, network attached storage.

SoftNASIn today’s fast moving, highly complex business world, customers need reliable IT subsystems with workloads that must be dependable, homogeneous and highly customizable. These stringent requirements are even more necessary when speaking about the critical data that is housed in vast arrays of disks at data centers around the world, posing problems like:

  • Massive capital expenditures on storage platforms on a 3-to-5 year recurring basis.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of proprietary hardware and software.
  • Highly specialized and skilled workforce needed to manage and administer storage systems.
  • Monolithic architecture that makes workloads difficult to move, copy, and migrate.

Customer needs require an easy-to-use, robust storage platform that offers full-featured NAS services in a fast, cloud-integrated architecture.

SoftNAS Cloud® solves this by offering hassle-free, full-featured network-attached storage (NAS) in CenturyLink Cloud. SoftNAS transforms the typical server inside CenturyLink Cloud, giving it the ability to extend past the 4.5 TB local storage limit by adding virtually unlimited Cloud Object storage (up to 14 PB). The S3-compliant storage platform allows for vast storage footprints to be managed from a single SoftNAS instance. This architecture also allows administrators the flexibility to divide their allotted storage repositories across multiple protocols to meet varying requirements. So whether you need CIFS shares for Windows machines and Active Directory integration, NFS mounts for Linux devices, or Block iSCSI storage LUN’s, SoftNAS can fit your needs.

Additionally, SoftNAS integrates with a customer’s private clouds through the SoftNAS Cloud File Gateway to help create hybrid cloud solutions. Thus, SoftNAS can further bolster cloud migrations and replications utilizing CenturyLink Cloud. This gives all customers the freedom to choose the best place for their storage by prioritizing metrics like ease-of-use, access speeds, and time to configuration in order to dictate their data storage construct.

Together with CenturyLink Cloud, SoftNAS has developed an easy-to-use, fast-to-configure storage appliance that expands past current barriers in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace. Through 6 simple steps you can have a SoftNAS appliance running in CenturyLink Cloud.

  1. Request a SoftNAS Server be provisioned through CenturyLink into the appropriate data center and network.
  2. Optionally assign a public IP address and open the required communication ports (ICMP,HTTPS,SSH).
  3. Provision disk space (via CenturyLink Cloud partition selector or SoftNAS StorageCenter™ UI).
  4. Configure Storage Pools, Volumes, and Shares inside SoftNAS.
  5. Add easy-to-use tools to take advantage of SoftNAS’ full-featured storage solution (deduplication, compression, read cache, scheduled snapshots, SnapClones™, etc.), all at the touch of a few buttons.
  6. Begin publishing data to storage resources.

For more on using SoftNAS with CenturyLink Cloud, visit the getting started guide.