NAS Bridge storage environment

To use NAS Bridge properly, you should become familiar with the components that comprise the NAS Bridge storage environment, including the NFS and SMB clients, NAS Bridge node (NAS Bridge virtual appliance), StorageGRID Webscale object storage system, and the DNS and NTP servers.

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Storage clients
The clients in the storage network access the NAS Bridge node using either the NFS or SMB protocol. When mounted to a NAS Bridge export or share, the clients appear to be connected directly to the network drive of a native file server.
NAS Bridge node
The NAS Bridge node is deployed as a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi. The node converts the protocols on the front end and back end as follows:
  • Client protocol to NAS Bridge (NFS or SMB)
  • NAS Bridge to StorageGRID Webscale (S3 API)
StorageGRID Webscale
StorageGRID Webscale is an object storage system that provides redundancy, resiliency, and scalability. In a NAS Bridge deployment, each S3 bucket holds the client data and namespace information for a single file system. Each bucket is exposed by NAS Bridge as an NFS export or SMB share. Because the client data is ingested and stored unmodified, you can also access the client data in StorageGRID Webscale directly using the S3 protocol.
Network services
NAS Bridge relies on network directory and time services as part of integrating into your storage network. Both a Domain Name System (DNS) server and a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server are required. You can use standalone DNS and NTP servers or use an Active Directory server to provide both services.
Administrative web user interface
The NAS Bridge node provides a web user interface that you can access using a supported browser. The functions in the user interface are grouped into configuration, maintenance, and reporting components, which are accessed using the buttons at the top of the page.