It showed that it is very practical to deploy a scalable storage and compute cloud infrastructure. With the ease of the setup, now service providers, corporations and any one looking to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private or public clouds can leverage OpenStack.
Now the questions is, what are the applications you can put on your laptops and desktops to leverage the scalable cloud storage and cloud infrastructure such as OpenStack?
This article will cover a very popular use case – leverage OpenStack Object Storage for file sync among multiple PCs.
Step 1 – Download and Install Gladinet Cloud DesktopStarting version 3, Gladinet Cloud Desktop includes File Synchronization feature and also includes support for OpenStack.
The following picture is the Cloud Sync Folders user interface (UI) inside the Management Console.
The following picture is the cloud storage mounting UI, which includes support for OpenStack.
Step 2 – Mount OpenStack Storage as a Virtual DriveWhen you are using OpenStack Storage, you will receive 3 pieces of information from your OpenStack administrator (or service provider).
- User name – user name assigned to you
- Password – your credential for the openstack account
- Auth Access Point – the access point to connect to openstack storage.
In the mounting wizard, you can provide the 4th parameter – Container Name. You can have multiple containers with your OpenStack account.
In the next wizard, you will enable Cloud Sync Folder feature for this OpenStack account.
Step 3 – Use the Cloud Sync FolderCloud Sync Folder is a local folder. By default it is under the user profile at c:\users\<username>\Cloud Sync Folder – <virtual directory>
If you have multiple OpenStack accounts or multiple containers. Each of the container can have an associated Cloud Sync Folder.
Once you find the cloud sync folder, the rest is easy. You will just need to put files under this folder. Now you will be ready to go to a different computer and setup the same OpenStack account and OpenStack container and enable Cloud Sync Folder there.
After that the two cloud sync folders will sync over the OpenStack account.
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