This topic describes how to manage block gateways in the Cloud Storage Gateway console, including how to create, delete, and rename gateways.

Prerequisites

  1. You have registered an Alibaba Cloud account and passed the real-name verification. For more information, see Sign up with Alibaba Cloud.
    Note We recommend that you log on to the CSG console as a RAM user. For more information, see Use RAM to implement account-based access control.
  2. You have registered an Alibaba Cloud account and passed the real-name verification. For more information, see Sign up with Alibaba Cloud.
    Note We recommend that you log on to the CSG console as a RAM user. For more information, see Use RAM to implement account-based access control.
  3. You have activated the CSG service.

    When you log on to the for the first time, you can follow the instructions on the page to activate the CSG service.

  4. A Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is available in the region where you want to create a block gateway. For more information, see Create a VPC and a VSwitch.
  5. An Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance is available in the region where you want to create a block gateway. The ECS instance runs in the VPC that you have created. For more information, see Create an instance.
    Note If your local host has been connected to an Alibaba Cloud VPC through a leased line, you can also manage the block gateway on your local host.

Create a block gateway

  1. Log on to the CSG console.
  2. Select the region where you want to create a block gateway.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, select Overview to go to the Overview page. In the Gateway Clusters section, click the target gateway cluster to go to the Gateway Cluster page, and then click Create.
    If you have not created any gateway cluster, on the Overview page, click Create Gateway Cluster to create a gateway cluster.
  4. On the Create Gateway dialog box that appears, set the following parameters, and click Next.
    Parameter Description
    Name Specifies the name of the gateway that you want to create.

    The name must be 1 to 60 characters in length, and can contain letters, Chinese characters, digits, periods (.), underscores (_), and hyphens (-). It must start with a letter or a Chinese character.

    Location Specifies the location where the target gateway is located. Valid values: On-premises and Alibaba Cloud.
    • On-premises: specifies a local block gateway that is deployed at your data center. You can deploy a local block gateway either in the CSG console or in the local block gateway console.
    • Alibaba Cloud: specifies an in-cloud block gateway that is deployed in Alibaba Cloud. You can deploy an in-cloud block gateway only in the CSG console.
    Type Specifies the type of the gateway that you want to create. Set this parameter to Block Gateway.
  5. Click Next to open the Configure Gateway tab, set the following parameters, and then click Next.

    If you set Location to Alibaba Cloud, you must specify the following gateway parameters.

    Parameter Description
    Model Specifies the model of the gateway that you want to create. Valid values: Basic, Standard, Enhanced, and Advanced. For more information, see Specifications.
    VPC Specifies the VPC where the target gateway is located.
    Note This must be the VPC where your ECS instance or local host is located.
    VSwitch Specifies the VSwitch that connects to the target gateway.
    Note This must be the VSwitch that connects to your ECS instance or local host. If no gateway is available in the zone where the specified VSwitch is located, you can create a VSwitch in another zone.
  6. Click Next to go to the Paid Information tab, set the following parameters, and then click Next.
    Parameter Description
    Billing Method Specifies the method that the system uses to calculate billing for the target gateway. Valid values: Pay-As-You-Go and Subscription. For more information, see Pricing.

    If you select Subscription, after you create the block gateway, you are redirected to the Cloud Storage Gateway (Subscription) page. Afterward, you must complete the payment on this page. For more information, see Purchase a gateway.

    After Expiration Specifies the way the system processes the target gateway after expiration. Valid values: Pay-As-You-Go and Release After Expiration.
  7. Click Next to go to the Summary tab, make sure that the specified information is correct, and then click OK.
    • After you create an in-cloud block gateway, the system completes the deployment in approximately 5 to 10 minutes. When the target gateway stays in the Running state, the gateway has been activated and deployed.
    • After you create a local block gateway, click Activate Gateway in the Actions column next to the gateway, and on the Activate Gateway dialog box that appears, set the parameters for activating the gateway. For more information, see Activate the gateway.

Other supported operations

On the Gateway Clusters page, you can also perform the following operations.

Operation Description
Delete a gateway Find the target block gateway and choose More > Delete.
Note You can only delete pay-as-you-go block gateways.
Rename a gateway Find the target block gateway and click Edit in the Actions column.
Switch pay-as-you-go to subscription After you create a pay-as-you-go gateway, you can switch the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Find the target block gateway and choose More > Switch to Subscription. You are then redirected to the buy page. Select a specification as needed. For more information, see Switch the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Upload support bundles Find the target block gateway and choose More > Upload Support Bundle to upload the log information for troubleshooting.
Settle payments If you have not settled the payment for a subscription gateway, choose More > Purchase to settle the payment.
Change expiration policies You can change the expiration policy for a subscription gateway. Find the target gateway and choose More > Switchover Expiration Policy. For more information, see Switch the expiration policy.

What to do next

Create an iSCSI volume