How do I use PoINT storage manager with Wasabi?

Euroson PoINT Storage Manager moves data from primary storage to Wasabi as part of an automated multi-tier HSM (hierarchical storage management) architecture to reduce the data volume on the primary storage system. A key advantage of this solution is that archived data can still be accessed through the primary storage system’s file system, making it fully transparent. Typical source systems are NetApp FAS, Dell EMC Unity or Windows Server based systems. Wasabi is now certified for use with PoINT Storage Manager. 

Pre-requisites:

  • PoINT Storage Manager Release 6.4 SP1 or higher
  • Wasabi account
  • Wasabi cloud bucket and access/secret keys

Table Of Contents:

  1. Reference Architecture
  2. Configure Wasabi as a new Archive Device
  3. Creating a Storage Vault to Archive data to Wasabi Hot Cloud
  4. Access files through Primary Storage

Reference Architecture:

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Configuring Wasabi as a new Archive Device

1. From the top menu bar, choose “Archive Devices” then “Configure Devices…” to open the PoINT Storage Manager Setup and add a new target device.

2. Click the “Object Store” button from the list of available device types.

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3. Choose “Wasabi” from the Advanced Connectors dropdown.

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4. Type a Device Name and click “Edit” to configure parameters.

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5. Configure parameters and Click OK

  • Address: s3.wasabisys.com 
  • Bucket: Pre-configured bucket in Wasabi
  • AccessKeyId 
  • SecretKey
  • Folder: Enter a Folder name (this is optional)
  • Region: Select your Region

Note that this config example discusses the use of Wasabi's us-east-1 storage region. To use other Wasabi storage regions, please use the appropriate Wasabi service URL as described in this article

Note : review following article to access Access & Secret keys via Wasabi console 

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6. Click “Create” to finish device configuration.

Creating a Storage Vault to Archive data to Wasabi Hot Cloud

The concept of PoINT Storage Manager is in the creation and execution of a Storage Vault. Creating a Storage Vault defines all parameters of the complete Archiving process. A Storage Vault specifies the type and location of its Storage Tiers, Migration and Archiving Policies and any additional configuration parameters required.

7. Type a Storage Vault Name and select the Data Source Type depending on your existing data storage infrastructure.

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8. Select the Client Computer and Data Source. The dialog varies depending on the selected source server type.

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9. Select “Archive Tier” and click “Add” to display the list of configured Archive Devices.

10. Select Wasabi Cloud and Click OKmceclip7.png

11. Click the scroll icon next to Archive Tier. Click “Add” to configure Archive Policies.

12. Choose a setting from pre-configured templates or define a new Policy. In this example every new or changed file is archived to Wasabi and replaced by a stub for transparent access.

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13. Configure schedule to determine time window for archiving

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Access files through Primary Storage

The single-point-access approach through the primary storage system (source system) enables transparent archiving and data retrieval for users and applications. It is not necessary to make any changes to the existing workflow. Transparent read access to archived files is enabled through the use of “stubs” and a direct-read mechanism recalls files without restoring them back to primary storage. 

Example for a file before moving to Wasabi.                   Same File after moving to Wasabi

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Same file after moving to Wasabi and replacing by a stub is still visible through primary storage. The “size on disk” has been significantly reduced from 14.8 MB to 0 bytes (Note: The actual size is a few bytes but Windows reports it as 0 bytes). This file can be accessed like before it was archived, and will be transparently retrieved from Wasabi by PoINT Storage Manager.

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