NAS Bridge system architecture

To use NAS Bridge properly, you should become familiar with the components of the NAS Bridge storage environment, including the NFS and SMB clients, NAS Bridge (virtual appliance), StorageGRID 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 using either NFS or SMB protocols. When mounted to a NAS Bridge export or share, the clients appear to be connected directly to the network disk of a native file server.
NAS Bridge
The NAS Bridge is deployed as a virtual machine running on VMware ESXi. The NAS Bridge communicates with StorageGRID using the S3 API.
StorageGRID is an object storage system that provides redundancy, resiliency, and scalability. In a NAS Bridge deployment, each S3 bucket is exposed as an NFS export or SMB share. Each bucket holds the client data and namespace information for a single file system. Because the client data is ingested and stored unmodified, you can also access the client data in the StorageGRID system directly using the S3 API.
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 provides a web user interface that you can access using a supported browser. The functions in the user interface are grouped into dashboard, alarms, configuration, and maintenance, which you can access using the menu at the top of the page.