Comparing Cloud Storage Options: City Cloud

Comparing Cloud Storage Options: City Cloud

Sarojini Devi Nagappan
04 June 2020

 

City Cloud promises a complete set of cloud tools for you to run business-critical applications in a fraction of the time. These tools take care of infrastructure right up to security management which gives you more time to develop, deploy, manage, and increase your digital solutions efficiently. This blog will provide you with an overview of City Cloud tools with a little dive into how to configure City Cloud object storage onto an external S3 compliant backup tool at the tail end of the blog.

City Cloud Tools Overview

City Cloud has various tools for deployment, scalability, storage, and security to run your workloads on the cloud without any worries. You can start the cloud journey by creating virtual servers and then slowly build the digital stack with storage and networking features using City Controlpanel(CCP), a custom-built cloud management system. Following are some of the key elements of City Cloud tools, making it stand out from the others:

  • Provides the ability to develop highly available microservices infrastructure with Kubernetes on OpenStack Magnum
  • Effective resource utilisation with tools like Heat, Ansible, Terraform. With these tools, there is no need to rebuild the same complex infrastructure again; instead, reuse the same configuration again
  •  Build infrastructure across multiple data centers
  •  Availability of appropriate API’s to facilitate account management and resource automation across the network City Cloud zones
  • Provides flexibility to move instances between data centers, IP addresses between cloud servers, or have load balancing to increase application performance
  • Different storage tools with automated backups and manual snapshots for backup and scaling
  • Secured access management for servers and management systems across the cloud

City Cloud Compute

City Cloud Compute allows you to create virtual machines in just a few seconds and pay only for the allocated resources by the second via the City Controlpanel(CCP). This tool lets you control instances, just like any other machine. It also allows you to configure capacity any time depending on the workload, which gives you the leverage to scale your instances for cost efficiency. 

City Cloud Networking

Cloud Networking tool features allow you to control your network capabilities for the cloud instances. With this tool, you can edit and adjust local and regional network settings, attach and detach IPs between servers all via an interface in CCP.

City Cloud Storage

City Cloud Storage offers block, object, and image storage powered by Cinder, Swift, and Glance. CCP allows you to create, scale, attach, and detach storage on the fly at any time. With data at its persistent state, any deletion is only possible with a user command, and it ensures data integrity. The cloud storage bundled with the paid disaster recovery feature includes 10 free additional versions of block storage. Citi cloud storage works well with any S3 compliant tool without any further complicated configuration.

City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Backup Ninja is a simple, secure database backup tool which works seamlessly with any S3 compliant cloud storage providers. Like many other object storage cloud providers, City Cloud can work with backup tools like Backup Ninja using S3 API or any other ones which are compatible with OpenStack Swift APIs.The upcoming section will show the simple steps on how to configure City Cloud as a cloud storage provider on Backup Ninja.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Step 1: Select the City Cloud as the cloud provider.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Step 2: Select the backup region.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Step 3:  Enter the City Cloud cloud credential settings. The bucket name can be any name of your preference.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Step 4:  Give a name for your cloud storage configuration. This will be used when you schedule a backup.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Step 5: The City Cloud cloud is configured on Backup Ninja.

Setting Up City Cloud on Backup Ninja

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

Once you have successfully configured the cloud storage, you can now easily configure the backup schedule on Backup Ninja in just five steps.

Step 1:  Enter the details for the backup schedule.

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

Step 2: Select the cloud credentials created earlier from the dropdown. The retention period has defaulted to 7 days, you may change it accordingly.

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

Step 3: Enter the backup name in the given format.

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

Step 4: Select the given option to state when the backup should be scheduled.

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

Step 5: View the configured schedule on the dashboard.

Schedule Backup on City Cloud Using Backup Ninja

 

Conclusion

City Cloud offers an excellent suite of tools for you to spin off applications on a high-end infrastructure with different storage options in no time at an affordable cost. Besides this, it also has network configuration tools and disaster recovery options which supports ensuring the highest level data integrity security. If you are looking forward to developing and running workloads on clouds at an affordable cost, City Cloud would be able to orchestrate your IT infrastructure on the cloud in no time.