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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OpenStack Swift with a Web Front-End

openstackOpenStack is getting popular. There are many companies working on OpenStack now to help services providers or enterprises with their own instance of OpenStack. Let’s say you are one of the companies that has an OpenStack instance with Swift object storage.  Now the next step is to find an easy way for your users to use it.
You may have  a wish list of how you can access the OpenStack swift object storage, including accessing it from web browser interfaces; accessing it from iPhone and iPads, accessing it from Android devices , PCs , Macs and so on.
With Gladinet solutions, the above methods are all good and ready. This article will discuss accessing OpenStack Swift Object Storage from web browser interface, just like you would with a file manager like Windows Explorer.
Fast forward to the end, you will have Gladinet Cloud Cluster installed next to your OpenStack instances, providing access directly from your own data center. Or you can have Gladinet host the cluster for you and connect to your OpenStack instance from the Internet.
Now, since you are at the proof of concept phase, you would like to give it a try. You can try Gladinet Team Edition,  bringing in your own OpenStack account. To get ready for this,  your OpenStack instance needs to have an Internet DNS name and IP address.
When you are at the Team Edition signup page, you can pick “Plugin my own cloud storage account” and select either “OpenStack” or “OpenStack with KeyStone”
Gladinet Cloud - Select Plan - Google Chrome_2012-09-18_10-04-24
In the next step, you will put in the API End Point and credentials for your OpenStack instance. (After the proof of concept phase, these parameters can be hidden from the normal end user as default configuration parameters for Gladinet Cloud Cluster)
Gladinet Cloud - Setup OpenStack Storage Account - Google Chrome_2012-09-18_10-38-59
After that, you have your OpenStack files and folders show up in web browser.
Gladinet Cloud - jerry huang (jerryh@gladinet
Once you have setup the team account, you can actually access the same folders and files from your iOS, Android and Playbook devices, which will be covered in a separate article.

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