Comparing Cloud Storage Options: ScanNet

Comparing Cloud Storage Options: ScanNet

Sarojini Devi Nagappan
18 June 2020

 

ScanNet has been an IT provider in Denmark since 1995. It is a one-stop center for digital tools offering hosting, domain registration, and many other commercial services. As a certified member of the IT Industry Association for IT hosting companies in Denmark, they always strive to deliver IT services at the highest quality and security level. They hold pride for their state of the art data centers in Denmark. The data center is located 70 meters above the water level, surrounded by extra thick walls with a fully redundant cooling system backed with the latest technology for high availability and security. ScanNet’s server hosting services include Cloud Server, Hosted Desktop, VPS hosting, Storage, Hosted Navision, Virtual Datacenter, and finally their latest in which is Kubernetes as a Service (KaaS). This blog will give you a focus on the cloud hosting and storage services provided by ScanNet.

ScanNet Cloud Server

ScanNet Cloud Server is flexible and allows you to scale virtual infrastructure according to your needs. It does not only offer scalability but ensures the security of your cloud infrastructure at all times. Its platform is so powerful that there is no need to worry about operations, hosting, and maintenance, ScanNet takes care of it all. The cloud server can be further customized for enhanced performance and rich in functionality. Customization includes enhancement on operating systems, SQL Server capacity, Microsoft packages, and VPN configuration. Following are the salient features for ScanNet’s Cloud Server:

  • Cloud Server runs on world recognised hardware from DELL and Intel 
  • 99.5% uptime datacenter limiting any downtime
  • Fully secured VPN access for any configuration on the server
  • ScanNet takes responsibility for operations, updates, uptime, hardware, and security which allows more time for business to manage other critical operations
  • Dedicated customer support

ScanNet Storage

ScanNet offers 3 storage solutions to fit your needs. You can use it to store many small data files or large amounts of unstructured data for data analytics. The four storage solutions are object storage, object storage FS, block storage, and file storage. These storage solutions price vary because they are designed to fit like scenarios below:

  • Object Storage: Perfect for Cloud-Native Applications and Big Data
  • Object Storage FS: Perfect for archiving, file server, backup, and recovery
  • File Storage: Perfect for shared storage for clusters and web servers
  • Block Storage: Perfect for transaction data, active data, and databases

ScanNet Object Storage

ScanNet Object Storage offers scalable storage for unstructured data and best suited for relatively static data. Objects in object storage have three main elements: data, metadata, and a unique identifier. ScanNet object storage is offered in two ways:

  • Object Storage for Cloud-Native or Backup Applications like TSM, Heading, Veem, and Backup Ninja
  • Object Storage FS (File Space) serves as extra disk space for files

The following figure gives you a better understanding of the differences between Object Storage and Object Storage File Spaces offered by ScanNet.

ScanNet Object Storage

ScanNet Cloud Storage benefit includes;

  • Large storage space at an affordable price
  • Pay only for the used storage space
  • Designed for unstructured data such as audio, video, and images

ScanNet File Storage

ScanNet File Storage offers high availability and performance shared storage for web servers, clusters, and VPS for both Windows and Linux OS. Data in ScanNet file storage can be accessed via the Network File System (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocols. This solution is perfect if you need storage for many small files, shared storage for web serves, or cluster and scalability to fit required space at any time.

ScanNet Block Storage

If you are looking to store high transaction or active data from applications like databases, then ScanNet’s block storage is the perfect solution for you. Block storage is ideal for high performance and active read and write-intensive data. This solution is designed for Windows, full redundancy, and reliable supplement for other storage options.

ScanNet on Backup Ninja

One of the distinctive features of the object storage solution is its ability to work as a storage for backup applications like Backup Ninja via S3 API. Backup Ninja is a simple and secured backup solution for open source databases. It works well with many different cloud providers like ScanNet for backup storage. Backup Ninja is a great automated tool for backup management offering features like configuration, scheduling, and monitoring all done via a simple web interface. The upcoming sections will show you how to configure and schedule backups on ScanNet on Backup Ninja

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

Step 1: Select ScanNet as a cloud provider.

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

Step 2: Select the backup region.

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

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

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

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

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

Step 5: The ScanNet cloud is configured on Backup Ninja.

Setting up ScanNet on Backup Ninja

Schedule Backup on ScanNet 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 ScanNet 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 ScanNet Using Backup Ninja

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

Schedule Backup on ScanNet Using Backup Ninja

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

Schedule Backup on ScanNet Using Backup Ninja

Step 5: View the configured schedule on the dashboard.

Schedule Backup on ScanNet Using Backup Ninja

Conclusion

ScanNet offers a complete solution for big and small companies who do not want to concentrate its time on IT operations. Its solutions are priced at various tiers to accommodate any budget scale, and the flexibility and scalability allow you to grow and shrink your IT infrastructure at any point. They have a strong development team which offers consultation and customization services to enhance your web application or other IT configuration in a short period. If you are in Denmark and need the best support for IT or in search of a sophisticated data center, then ScanNet is your best choice.