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Virtual Network Storage


Virtual Network Storage provides a virtual drive that you can access from your VMs or from private computers, either using NFS or iSCSI. This offers an optimum storage that you can access any time from anywhere, ideal for storing shared documents, backups, and many other applications.

To access the Network Storage screen:

  1. Sign in to the Client Portal.
  2. Open the Manage mega menu.
  3. In the Public Cloud section of the Manage Mega Menu click on Virtual Network Storage.

Filter

You may Filter by Node.

  • Open the drop-down menu.
  • Choose a specific node to view only those Virtual Network Storage devices that are assigned to that node.

View

You may choose between:

  1. Table
  2. Usage Bar Graph

Create New Virtual Network Storage

To create a New Network Storage:

  1. Click on the Create New icon in the upper-left of the screen.      Create New (Icon)

    Create Network Storage
  2. Select a Node.
  3. Enter a Storage Name.
  4. Choose Volume Type from the drop-down menu.
    • NFS. An NFS server exports one or more of its file systems, known as shares. NFS clients can mount these shares on their own file system. You can perform file actions on this mounted remote file system as if the file system were local.
    • iSCSI (advanced users usually use this).
  5. Mount Path. Available only if you choose NFS volume type. Must start with a letter. No special characters allowed, and there's a minimum of 3 characters.
  6. Enter Alias Name. Available only if you choose iSCSI volume type. The initiator alias is required or the provisioning process will not be complete. No special characters allowed.
  7. Enter Volume Size. Limits are set between 50 and 51,200 Gigabytes (GB).

     Cost Icon

    The Cost icon will be highlighted next to Volume Size. It will give you an accurate estimate of how much you will be charged for the configured Virtual Network Storage.VNS Hourly Cost Icon
  8. Email Alert. Enter a usage percentage in the field (not smaller than 1%) that, when reached, will trigger an email alert.
  9. Enter Description (optional).
  10. When you have filled out all the required fields, click Create Network Storage, or click Cancel if you wish to discard the configuration.

You can monitor progress on the Provisioning Tasks screen.

Increasing and Decreasing Storage Space

Due to the nature of storage arrays, network storage can be increased at any time, however it CANNOT be decreased. If you would like to decrease the amount of storage, they would need to create a new (smaller) storage array, migrate their data, and then delete the old one.