How to Enable Google Cloud Access on QuantaStor

QuantaStor’s Cloud Containers feature enables one to set up a NAS Gateway to object storage like AWS and other S3 compatible cloud storage buckets, and QuantaStor now enables access to Google Cloud in addition to Dropbox, Azure, Backblaze, and more. A quick guide to configuring Google Cloud on QuantaStor is below.

Log into Google Cloud Storage

1. Log in to your Google account.

Find the Access Key and Secret

2. Navigate to “Settings” and then “Interoperability” for your project. If you don’t have a key, create a new one for the project.

Create a Service Account

3. Navigate to the IAM & Admin section to create a service account. For more information on service accounts, refer to this page.

4. Then you will create a service account. Specify the description for the purpose of the service account.

5. Next, select the account permissions. Please note that in order to create buckets via Quantastor the service account needs to be Storage Admin.

Create a Private Key for the Service Account

6. Edit the service account and select “Create Key” with key type JSON. Doing so will download a JSON file to your downloads directory. Store this file securely because this key can’t be recovered if lost. If this is lost, you will have create a new key. More information on creating service account keys can be found here.

Add Provider Credentials to the Google Provider within QuantaStor

7. Select the Google Cloud Provider in the Quantastor UI to enter the credentials. The JSON file downloaded in the above step needs to be copied on the Quantastor system managing the cloud containers. The full path and name of the JSON auth file need to be provided in the “Add Cloud Provider Credentials” dialog.

Create/Add Cloud Container(s)

8. Now navigate to the Cloud Containers section and then “Import or Create a New Cloud Container” using the Google Cloud credentials you entered before. Note that after you create a new container you will find a Network Share listed in the main Storage Management -> Network Shares section which represents the container and makes it accessible via NFS and SMB.

For more information about how to configure Google Cloud integration on QuantaStor, visit the OSNEXUS wiki.

Categories: Storage Appliance Hardware

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