Comparing Cloud Storage Options: Scaleway

Comparing Cloud Storage Options: Scaleway

Sarojini Devi Nagappan
19 May 2020

Scaleway offers a complete scalable public cloud ecosystem, a great solution for developers. Let’s look at its product line up before diving into the details on the storage option. Scaleway offers five different products including cloud instances, storage, network configurators, IoT hub, and AI inference. Cloud instances by Scaleway are easy to deploy, offer high performance with a simple pricing plan. The storage services are categorized into three namely, evolutionary storage, managed storage, and archival storage. This blog will walk you through the key features and relevant points for these storage options. To show its integration capability, a section is included to show how Scaleway Object Storage works as a cloud provider for Backup Ninja

Scaleway Storage Overview

Scaleway has split its storage services to cover a wide range of data storage including object, block, archive, and database storage. Each of the storage services has its own unique capability and pricing plans.

Scaleway Evolutionary Storage

Object storage and block storage are the two types of storage under this product category. These two options give flexibility for users to choose the type of storage based on their data preferences. Users with large unstructured data sets should opt for object storage for scalability. On the other hand, block storage is meant for data that needs frequent read and write transactions.

Scaleway Object Storage 

Object storage, the pillar of the Scaleway ecosystem, offers many notable advantages especially its cost-effective pricing to store large amounts of unstructured data. Following are some highlights of the Scaleway Object Storage making it affordable scalable storage:

  • Cost-Effective Object Storage: The cost is standardized for all types of users regardless of the data volume. It comes with free 75GB and claims to be 8 times more affordable than the leading competitors. Another point worth mentioning is the API requests, incoming traffic, and internal traffic are not charged
  • High Performance: The unique algorithm allows data to be distributed in real-time for optimal performance
  • High Availability & Durability: The storage is designed for 99.99% uptime, and is built with parity mechanism to ensure better security
  • Integration with external tools: There is no need for special customization or new API; its default API integration and S3 compatibility allows easy integration with S3 compliant applications
  • Regulatory Compliance: Data is protected by the French Law

Scaleway Block Storage

The block storage, unlike the object storage, is great for active transaction data. Backed with SSD, it guarantees 5000 IOPS which certainly gives higher performance. Another advantage of the block storage by Scaleway is it provides a minimum of 3 replication sets to ensure data integrity and high availability. Should there be a disk failure the configured volume will still be available at any time. The storage can be configured in a jiffy without complicated configurations either with the Scaleway console, CLI, or compatible DevOps tools. Move your data between instances worry free with almost no downtime involved. Along the same lines, Scaleway block storage also allows you to attach a volume without having to reboot the system. These are some features that not only show reliability but it definitely saves the operation time on setup and configuration. Looking at the price angle, you will be billed by the hour based on the volume size and not the data size.

Scaleway Managed Storage

Scaleway offers managed storage for PostgreSQL and will soon offer the same for MySQL 8.0. This solution enables you to deploy, manage, and backup your database. The frequency and the retention time can be customised for the backups of these managed storages. In addition, the backups for this storage is fully automated and there comes with a redundant backup for high availability.

Scaleway C14 Cold Storage

Scaleway C14 Cold Storage a near alternative to Amazon S3 Glacier is another object storage option best suited for archived data. Like Scaleway Object Storage, it also comes with 75GB free storage, and thereafter charged at € 0.02 GB/month. The following are the distinct feature of C14 Cold Storage is that it provides free archive and restore capabilities. Other features include compatibility with S3 tools, full support for S3 life, and come with an unlimited data storage capacity that is the same as the Object Storage.

Scaleway C14 Cold Storage

C14 storage is best to store large media files that are not accessed frequently. The storage also comes with the capability to specify an expiration date for the backups or archives where the unwanted backups are deleted when it expires. It is also a great place to store data that needs to be retained by law enforcement to comply with regulatory requirements such as GDPR.

Scaleway on Backup Ninja

The object storage and C14 cold storage by Scaleway is compatible with any S3 compliant tool. Backup Ninja is a simple secure and cost-effective tool to backup open-source databases and manages them through a single GUI. Backup Ninja also allows you to store data on the cloud using your preferred cloud provider. The following steps show you how you can store your favorite open-source database on the Scaleway Object Storage in just a few steps.

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Step One

Choose Scaleway on as the cloud provider.

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Step Two

Select the backup region.

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Step Three

Enter the Scaleway cloud credential setting. The bucket name can be any name of your preference.

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Step Four

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

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Step Five

The Scaleway cloud is configured on Backup Ninja.

Setting up Scaleway on Backup Ninja

Schedule Backup on Scaleway 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 One

Enter the details for the backup schedule.

Schedule Backup on Scaleway Using Backup Ninja

Step Two

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 Scaleway Using Backup Ninja

Step Three

Enter the backup name in the given format.

Schedule Backup on Scaleway Using Backup Ninja

Step Four

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

Schedule Backup on Scaleway Using Backup Ninja

Step Five

View the configured schedule on the dashboard.

Schedule Backup on Scaleway Using Backup Ninja

Conclusion

Scaleway, like Amazon Web Services, provides a range of cloud storage services. You can choose the storage type based on their requirements at an affordable price. It allows you to store active data and archived data in different storage locations with different solutions. This also ensures high availability, data integrity as well as adherence to legal requirements for data protection. Like Google Cloud signup credit, Scaleway offers a free 75GB for object and cold storage. The volumes are billed based on the size and how long the data is stored in it, for example, a 50 GB volume would be billed at an hourly rate of €0.002 or a monthly fixed price of €1.00. This is an important key factor to consider if you are planning to have an affordable infrastructure on the cloud. Scaleway is definitely a great option on your list if you are preparing to have a complete cloud ecosystem in an affordable way.