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Community Blog Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS – Part: 3 More Use-Case Scenarios and DevOps

Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS – Part: 3 More Use-Case Scenarios and DevOps

This article series will discuss and outline some major features, benefits, comparisons, and use-case scenarios of the Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS.

By Shantanu Kaushik

Conditioning the storage counterpart of your cloud solution requires careful planning and consideration of resources based on organizational usage. Resource planning is effective when you run a tight shift for business productivity. Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS is a solution that enables the user to implement a feature-rich solution.

Tight integration of services with other Alibaba Cloud products makes the NAS a solution to depend on when deploying resource-crucial applications. The distributed file system architecture makes it a high-performing service that enables you to implement it with multiple use-case scenarios.

In the final article of this series on Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS, we will discuss some additional use-cases, including NAS with DevOps.

Application with DNA Sequencing

Let's start by looking at the architecture for this use-case scenario:

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DNA sequencing is a demanding scenario that requires a plethora of cloud resources. The solutions should be efficient enough to enable cut down on the execution time of DNA sequencing scenarios. Sequencing solutions need to process large amounts of data in each project. The Cloud Parallel File System (CPFA) provides a maximum throughput of 1 Tbit/s and a capacity of 100 PB. This satisfies the storage requirements of an industrial DNA sequencing program.

Alibaba Cloud provides a superior integration of cloud solutions with hardware devices, such as FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), to make high-performance execution scenarios easier to handle. Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS provides a correct balance between performance and cost scenarios for use-cases like these.

DevOps and Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS

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When you decide to transition to a DevOps practice for your organization, you need to consider the shift in storage practices that come with cloud-native application development. Today, developers build smart applications that work with the backend resource to provision storage for the applications they build.

Storage shouldn't be a hassle. Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS is a great option for you to choose with your DevOps practice. The Alibaba Cloud container service is a perfect blend for the microservices environment. The containerization has proven benefits, such as fast presetting, portability, and well-defined process isolation.

When it comes to containers that access raw data at every start, Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS provides a shared file system to allow these containers to access it regardless of which instance they are running. Alibaba Cloud NAS is the perfect solution for container storage as it is a highly scalable and persistent shared access type file system.

Expectations

A technological infrastructure should be simple, scalable, and self-healing. All solutions have to be in sync with industry practices and trends, especially when it comes to DevOps. New and improved practices are being introduced by IT strategists and administrators for better and more productive service scenarios.

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The Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) simplified the entire process of developing and executing the container-based applications. This process used to involve manually handling tasks like load balancing, DNS management, scaling, and monitoring of resources. The Alibaba Cloud Kubernetes ecosystem is extremely capable of handling all of these tasks. Cloud Monitor is integrated for monitoring operations, Server Load Balancer takes care of any traffic load scenarios, and the whole system is auto-scaled by the Elastic Compute Service (ECS) and Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS for storage.

Resource and Operation Orchestration

The Alibaba Cloud Operation Orchestration service (OOS) is integrated with most solutions within the Alibaba Cloud universe. Alibaba Cloud OOS is responsible for automating operations and maintenance tasks. You can easily manage O&M operations using the Alibaba Cloud OOS. Alongside that, Alibaba Cloud Resource Orchestration Service (ROS) enables the developers and administrators to easily automate the deployment and configuration of cloud resources.

JSON and YAML based templates are used for configuring the cloud computing resources, such as Elastic Compute Service (ECS), RDS, NAS, or SLB, and the dependencies between these resources. Alibaba Cloud ROS removes a lot of complexities and hassle from the process of provisioning storage. ROS is a fully managed service that enables the developers to leverage the benefits of Alibaba Cloud NAS without worrying about the underlying architecture or planning.

DevOps | Containers | Problem Solving

Using the Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS with Kubernetes solves the most vexing problems of the software development lifecycle. The DevOps solution has to be simple yet effective to provide continuous integration and continuous deployment scenarios properly.

Persistence in provisioning is an essential practice for any DevOps expert. Everybody appreciates a solution that makes it easier to set up the persistence layer correctly to enable the monitoring of your infrastructure that the application runs on after being sent to the production phase.

Maintaining a proper monitoring solution and automating the telemetry of your persistence layer is essential. This should be applied every time a container using NAS is provisioned. The prime focus for any administrator or developer has to be the scaling or resources and control over the system.

Scalability is essential when it comes to an enterprise-level solution. Maintaining control over security, monitoring, the collection or metrics, and data management is also critical. The goal is to implement the same class of scalability and control in a cloud-native application scenario that is needed with enterprise file storage NAS.

Wrapping Up

Alibaba Cloud has a carefully curated solution stack based on products that offer versatile solutions. A strategist and developer need to count on the infrastructure provided by the cloud services provider. Alibaba Cloud has multiple SLAs and leadership with solutions to entertain a wide variety of organizational scenarios.

With DevOps and NAS, both development and operations teams can leverage the benefits offered by Alibaba Cloud File Storage NAS and other infrastructure-based services integrated to provide a much smoother, available, and reliable architecture.

DevOps requires automation to operate at an optimal level. It requires careful planning and team-building. The collection of metrics and implementation of continuous integration based on this data is among the most important practices you can implement with DevOps.

Alibaba Cloud NAS provides supreme platform architecture for storage needs that fit perfectly with DevOps practices.

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