Zadara Cube and AWS

 

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  Zadara Storage Cube

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Amazon Web Services

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This document describes how to create your first Zadara Cube purchased at the AWS marketplace and connect your AWS account to Zadara Storage using DirectConnect.

Audience

This document is designed for an audience with a basic familiarity of AWS.

Time

It should take most administrators about 10 minutes to complete the steps in this document.

Prerequisites

Background

Welcome to the Zadara Storage Cube registration page. Zadara Storage Cubes are available exclusively from the AWS Marketplace and are “fixed-capacity” versions of the Zadara Storage Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) that is available from the Zadara Storage website (www.ZadaraStorage.com).  You will see some terminology relating to VPSA which can be interchanged with the Storage Cube.

The Process

  1. Purchase any Zadara Standard Cube from AWS Marketplace
  2. Connect to the Cube and activate it
  3. Accept offered Direct Connect's Virtual Interfaces
  4. Setup a VPC routing
  5. Connect to your Storage Cube

1. Purchase and Connect to Zadara Storage Cube from AWS Marketplace

     1.1 Connect to AWS Marketplace

     1.2 Find Zadara Storage Cube fitting for your needs.

     1.3 Click continue and select 1-click or Manual

     1.4 Select VPC or create new VPC

2. Connect to the Cube and activate it

 

     2.1 Check the IP address of your instance and instance ID in your EC2 management panel

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     2.2 Connect to the web interface of your instance via http(s)://<instance ip>

     2.3 Ignore security warning and continue

     2.4 Login using instance ID

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     2.5 Fill in the form as needed

     2.6 Create the Cube

     2.7 The Status of the cube is displayed and will show when the Cube will be ready

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3. Accept offered Direct Connect's Virtual Interfaces

Zadara has created one or two new virtual interfaces in your account but for security reasons that connection will be inactive until you accept it. You should have a Virtual Private Gateway in your VPC. Your Zadara Cube instance should be in this VPC.

 

For more information on creating a Virtual Private Gateway:  Create a Virtual Private Gateway in AWS

 

 

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If you don’t see any pending interfaces make sure you are in the right region. The current region is always displayed in the upper right corner of the AWS console. 

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Select a Virtual Private Gateway (VGW) attached to your VPC. You can attach a VGW to the VPC on a later stage as well.

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That’s your account connected to Zadara’s! Almost done.

4. Setup a VPC routing

If you don’t already have a VPC created you will need to create one now. A full discussion of the complexities of a VPC are out of scope for this document, see https://aws.amazon.com/documentation/vpc/ for details. We recommend using the VPC Wizard.

Once your VPC is setup you need to attach the VGW you created earlier to it -

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Now you need to add this gateway to your VPC’s route table -

 

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Enable Route Propagation for this VGW:

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Check for route propagation to complete. Once it does your route table should look something like this -

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That’s it! You’ve completed all of the one time setup tasks required to attach an instance to your new Storage Cube.

 

 

 5. Connect to your Storage Cube

Congratulations!  Now you should be able to connect to your VPSA / Cube using the following protocols.

     *URL/IP address of the VPSA is only available from within the VPC

 

Connecting to VPSA / CUBE Management GUI

      You can connect directly using a web browser from your ec2 instance or from a local machine using ssh tunneling

       How To setup SSH tunneling to work on VPSA GUI from your laptop

 

     5.1 Your Cube status will show your GUI URL

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     5.2 The GUI

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See VPSA User Guide for detailed information

 

 

 Attaching the Storage Cube to your Instance

    iSCSI
        Linux
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        Windows
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        Linux
            How to Mount an SMB Share in Ubuntu

        Windows
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        Linux
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