Alibaba Cloud users can now enjoy simple, scalable, and reliable network attached storage for use with ECS instances, HPC, and Alibaba Cloud Container Service.
Available currently in Singapore and Mainland China regions, Network Attached Storage (NAS) provides standard file access protocols, so you do not have to modify existing applications. This enables you to have a distributed file system with unlimited capacity and performance scaling, a single namespace, multi-party sharing, high reliability, and high availability.
The product is a distributed file system, enabling file systems to grow elastically to 10 petabyte-scale and support thousands of clients to access data from ECS or Container Service instances. The distributed architecture avoids the bottlenecks and constraints inherent with traditional file servers.
Multi-threaded applications benefit from the distributed architecture design, which grants data access from multiple ECS or Container Service instances to aggregate throughput and IOPS. In addition, NAS can be mounted to ECS or Container Service instances dynamically via Auto Scaling on-demand.
Alibaba Cloud NAS can be seamlessly integrated with other Alibaba Cloud products and has many advantages over a self-built NAS on the cloud and conventional NAS products, including:
⁃ No Single-Point-Of-Failure
⁃ 99.99999999% data reliability
⁃ Elastically scalable storage capacity
⁃ Horizontally scalable throughput capacity
⁃ End-to-end permission management
Alibaba Cloud NAS supports both Pay-As-You-Go and Subscription storage packages and charges fees based on the total volume of storage used each month, without any other costs. This means no minimum fee, no set-up charges and no charges for bandwidth or requests.
Server Log Sharing
Store app server logs on multiple ECS instances on the shared NAS to facilitate concentrated processing and analysis of logs in the future.
Highly Available Load Balancing Servers
Store data on the shared NAS to achieve high availability of the load balancing servers in scenarios where the Server Load Balancer is connected to multiple ECS instances.
Enterprise Office File Sharing
For enterprise employees that need to visit and share the same datasets for working purposes, the administrator can create a NAS file system for individuals in the organization to access certain data. The administrator can also set file- or directory-level user and user group permissions.
Using Alibaba Cloud NAS Via Management Console
Accessing Alibaba Cloud Documentation
For more details about Alibaba Cloud NAS and purchasing information, please see the NAS product page.
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