Comparing Cloud Storage Options: gridscale

Comparing Cloud Storage Options: gridscale

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Sarojini Devi Nagappan
17 November 2020

gridscale is a cloud services company from Germany offering a suite of services like platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, Kubernetes container orchestration, and many more. Switching your application or infrastructure to the cloud platform requires you to understand the three different models; platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Platform as a service lets you have a framework for your developers to create customised applications on the cloud. Infrastructure as a service is a cloud service for enterprises to rent servers, storage with any operating system without a massive investment for on-premise infrastructure.

With gridscale products, you can switch over to a cloud environment and start developing your applications and operations instantly. In this blog, you will have an overview of gridscale offering, its key features specifically on the storage services. This blog will also show how to use Backup Ninja to schedule backups on gridscale object storage.

What is gridscale?

gridscale offers reliable and secure cloud services for startups right up to enterprise level users. Following are the highlights of gridscale products and services:

  • Dynamic computing resource allocation in real time for high performance.
  • Eliminates time consuming management tasks like deploying updates, installation, and monitoring.
  • Offers both high performance scalable SSD cloud storage and S3 compatible object storage
  • Pay only for utilised resources and storage.
  • Secured data center based in Germany complying fully to the German data protection regulations.

Products Offered by gridscale

gridscale products offer you the means to have your application and infrastructure on the cloud to meet your complex requirements using an intuitive graphical user interface. 

gridscale and Kubernetes

gridscale offers a fully managed Kubernetes environment to run your application without worrying about the operations in the background. Configure cluster and nodes along, and additional resources all on a panel using point and click method. gridscale manages the Kubernetes environment for you, including continuous updates and monitoring of the cluster free of charge. You only need to pay for the infrastructure components used in Kubernetes environment.

gridscale PaaS

gridscale PaaS offers managed database services and developer tools and handles time consuming tasks like installations, management and monitoring, and security updates. You don’t need to provision resources; the great thing is gridscale will allocate the CPU cores, storage, and connections automatically depending on the services for the best performance.

gridscale IaaS

gridscale Iaas is a service which allows you to build a complex, scalable server architecture in less than five minutes. The infrastructure is scalable at any time to fit your needs; configure the CPU cores, memory, or SSD storage for a smooth running application. Following are the highlights of this service:

  • Choose from a wide range of operating systems to meet your application requirement.
  • Equipt with a load balancer to distribute traffic to the virtual machine automatically. 
  • Allows to take create and schedule snapshots to be stored in the object storage
  • Built in with auto recovery capabilities to store any defective workload autonomously.

Storage Services Offered by gridscale

gridscale storage service has two options; a high performance SSD cloud storage with scaling flexibility and S3 compatible object storage to store massive amounts of data. The SSD cloud storage is designed for maximum data protection, and data is stored on multiple available zones for high availability. Another advantage of this service is that it allows you to create, schedule, and manage snapshots of the current state of your storage anytime in an automated way. The snapshots can be directly stored to gridscale’s S3-compatible object storage. The SSD cloud storage comes in three different performance classes to give the highest I/O throughput.

Storage Services Offered by gridscale

 

gridscale’s object storage allows securely storing massive amounts of data from sources like websites, applications, or IoT devices. Using a simple interface, you can manage the access keys and bucket easily when required. 

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

In addition to the snapshot backups, gridscale users can take advantage of backup services like Backup Ninja to schedule and create backups of their database, files, and directories and store it on gridscale’s S3 object storage. gridscale S3 object storage works well with S3 compliant tools like Backup Ninja with minimal configuration.

Backup Ninja is a reliable automated web based backup service for files, directories, and databases. With Backup Ninja, you can schedule and take incremental, partial, and full backups of open source databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Percona, and Timescale at its native method. The backups can be stored securely both locally and on the object storage by your preferred cloud provider like gridscale. Also, Backup Ninja allows you to monitor your backups centrally with an interactive dashboard. The upcoming sections will show you how to configure and schedule backups to be stored on gridscale using Backup Ninja setting up gridscale on Backup Ninja

Step 1: Select gridscale as a cloud provider.

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

Step 2: Select the backup region.

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

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

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

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

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

Step 5: gridscale cloud is configured on Backup Ninja.

How to Use Backup Ninja to Backup to gridscale

Scheduling Backups to gridscale 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.

Scheduling Backups to gridscale 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.

Scheduling Backups to gridscale Using Backup Ninja

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

Scheduling Backups to gridscale Using Backup Ninja

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

Scheduling Backups to gridscale Using Backup Ninja

Step 5: View the configured schedule on the dashboard.

Scheduling Backups to gridscale Using Backup Ninja

Conclusion

If you are looking for a cloud provider offering a total and reliable cloud service solution in Germany, then gridscale is a good option. The real time auto scaling feature is great as it reduces administrative tasks and ensures your application has the right resource for high performance. Although there is a service to take a backup snapshot, it is, however, insufficient for a full recovery if a disaster strikes. A combination of Backup Ninja backup service and gridscale S3 object storage would be a perfect backup management solution to support your organisation backup and recovery strategy.

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