Creating a Cloud Storage Pool

When you create a Cloud Storage Pool, you specify the name and location of the external bucket or container that StorageGRID will use to store objects, the cloud provider type (Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage), and the information StorageGRID needs to access the external bucket or container.

Before you begin

About this task

A Cloud Storage Pool specifies a single external S3 bucket or Azure Blob storage container. StorageGRID validates the Cloud Storage Pool as soon as you save it, so you must ensure that the bucket or container specified in the Cloud Storage Pool exists and is reachable.


  1. Select ILM > Storage Pools.

    The Storage Pools page appears. This page includes two sections: Storage Pools and Cloud Storage Pools.

    Storage Pools Page

  2. In the Cloud Storage Pools section of the page, click Create.
    The Create Cloud Storage Pool dialog box appears.

    Cloud Storage Pool Create

  3. Enter the following information:
    Field Description
    Display Name A name that briefly describes the Cloud Storage Pool and its purpose. Use a name that will be easy to identify when you configure ILM rules.
    Provider Type Which cloud provider you will use for this Cloud Storage Pool:
    • Amazon S3 (select this option for an S3 or C2S S3 Cloud Storage Pool)
    • Azure Blob Storage
    Note: When you select a Provider Type, the Authentication and Server Verification sections appear at the bottom on the page.
    URI The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) used to access the S3 bucket or Blob storage container used for the Cloud Storage Pool.
    Specify the URI in one of the following formats:
    • https://host:port
    • http://host:port

    If you do not specify a port, by default port 443 is used for HTTPS URIs and port 80 is used for HTTP URIs.

    Example URI for S3 bucket:
    Note: For S3 URIs, do not include the bucket name in the URI. You include the bucket name in the Bucket or Container field.

    Example URI for Azure Blob storage container:
    Bucket or Container The name of the external S3 bucket or Azure container that was created for the Cloud Storage Pool. The name you specify here must exactly match the bucket or container's name or Cloud Storage Pool creation will fail. You cannot change this value after the Cloud Storage Pool is saved.
  4. Complete the Authentication and Server Verification sections of the page, based on the selected provider type.