EduStorage allows you to create remote disks that can be mounted on your server wherever it is physically hosted. You can configure your server operating system to mount the disk using its iSCSI initiator. Once this is done the disk is available for formatting, and you can use it just like any other disk you might mount, like a USB data drive or a local SATA/SAS disk drive.
To access EduStorage clients will need to be part of the EduGate federation.
The set up steps are straightforward:
- Complete the HEAnet EduStorage Agreement and contact the HEAnet NOC to get access to the storage portal.
- Log into the portal and enter details of the server you intend to mount disk resources on.
- Use the portal to create virtual disks.
- Configure your local server to mount the disks you’ve just created (full iSCSI disk target details are provided in the portal).
- Format the disks, and start using them for your data.
HEAnet’s NOC will give you administrative access through your Edugate identity, and configure your access profile; i.e. the resources you choose to use. Then you can create storage volumes, and enter configuration details (IP access lists, replication, snapshots).
You can then configure your servers using the details in the web GUI, and connect them to the storage area network. You can use a software initiated client, available as standard in all popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MacOSX, or using a dedicated hardware device.