Running out of space on your server? Shared storage could be the solution

In certain instances, technological projects conducted by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may require extra storage space. There is, of course, SDD space provided by cloud services; however in addition to this SMEs may need, for example, to share services between servers. For example, when creating web clusters for accessing the same web content or files; when developing IT architectures where the user wants to be able to destroy and create frontend servers without worrying about the stored information; or just managing a log that does not stop growing independently. In such cases, the functionality of the so-called shared storage of the cloud servers is the best and most efficient option.

Shared storage provides additional space for files and folders that can be shared across servers for use on a particular project. The data is stored and exchanged securely on the shared platform in the cloud, guaranteeing the coherence and reliability of any projects hosted on the platform. This provides full transparency for users and guarantees the coherence and reliability of the projects hosted. The different hardware elements and connectivity of this platform are integrated in a Storage Area Network (SAN); that enables clients to enjoy high-capacity storage resources, in the most efficient and flexible way.

In order to guarantee security, the information between the shared storage system and the cloud servers is shared through storage volumes accessible through NFS (Linux) or CIFS (Windows) network authentication protocols. These are authenticated by a third protocol called Kerberos, created by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),an extremely reliable practical that uses secret- key cryptography in order to ensure the upmost security of the shared server. This system is protected further as the shared storage users themselves have the ability to specify who exactly is able to access the information stored on the shared server.

At 1&1, implementing this shared storage function for your company couldn’t be easier. Simply go to 1&1’s cloud server panel. Here, you can activate and configure the feature by following tutorials available at 1&1’s support centre.

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  1. December 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm | by Sebastian

    Do you also have tutorials how to access shared storage with a normal user(not root)? Would be very important for the cases you mentioned. At the moment, only root has access to the shared storage.