Integrate Hammerspace with Backblaze B2
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    Integrate Hammerspace with Backblaze B2

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    Article Summary

    Hammerspace delivers a global data environment that spans across data centers, AWS, Azure, and Google cloud infrastructure. You can use Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage with Hammerspace as a storage volume to read and write data.

    Enable Backblaze B2

    Before you begin: You must have a Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage account. You can sign up here. If you already have a Backblaze account and the left navigation menu contains a B2 Cloud Storage section, your account is already enabled for Backblaze B2.

    1. Sign in to your Backblaze account.
    2. In the left navigation menu under Account, click My Settings.
    3. Under Enabled Products, select the checkbox to enable B2 Cloud Storage.
    4. Review the Terms and Conditions, and click OK to accept them. 

    Create a Bucket

    1. Sign in to your Backblaze account.
    2. In the left navigation menu under B2 Cloud Storage, click Buckets.
    3. Click Create a Bucket.
    4. Enter a name for your bucket.
      Bucket names must be at least six characters and globally unique. A message is displayed if your bucket name is already in use.
    5. Select a privacy setting: Private or Public.
      Files that are in a private bucket require authentication to perform an action, for example, downloading. Public buckets do not require authentication so you can easily share files. You can change a bucket's privacy settings at any time.
    6. If applicable, enable a Backblaze B2 server-side encryption key.
    7. Enable Object Lock to restrict a file from being modified or deleted for a specified period of time.
    8. Click Create a Bucket, and copy the value that is in the Endpoint field; you may need this value for other processes.
    9. Click Lifecycle Settings to control how long to keep the files in your new bucket.
    Copy the S3 endpoint that is displayed for use in another step.

    Create an Application Key

    Application keys control access to your Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage account and the buckets that are contained in your account.

    1. Sign in to your Backblaze account.
    2. In the left navigation menu under Account, click Application Keys.
    3. Click Add a New Application Key, and enter an app key name.
          You cannot search an app key by this name; therefore, app key names are not required to be globally unique.
    4. Select All or a specific bucket in the Allow Access to Bucket(s) dropdown menu.
    5. Optionally, select your access type (Read and Write, Read Only, or Write Only).
    6. Optionally, select the Allow List All Bucket Names checkbox (required for the B2 Native API b2_list_buckets and the S3-Compatible API S3 List Buckets operations).
    7. Optionally, enter a file name prefix to restrict application key access only to files with that prefix. Depending on what you selected in step #4, this limits application key access to files with the specified prefix for all buckets or just the selected bucket.
    8. Optionally, enter a positive integer to limit the time, in seconds, before the application key expires. The value must be less than 1000 days (in seconds).
    9. Click Create New Key, and note the resulting keyID and applicationKey values.
    When you create a new app key, the response contains the actual key string, for example N2Zug0evLcHDlh_L0Z0AJhiGGdY. You can always find the keyID on this page, but for security, the applicationKey appears only once. Make sure you copy and securely save this value elsewhere.

    Set Up Hammerspace with Backblaze B2

    Before you Begin: You must have a working Hammerspace environment.

    1. Sign in to Hammerspace.
    2. In the left menu, select Infrastructure.
    3. Click Storage Systems, and click Add Storage System.
    4. Enter a name for your storage system, and select Generic S3 in the Type menu.
    5. Enter your Backblaze account information.
      1. Enter your Backblaze B2 key ID in the Access Key field.
      2. Enter your Backblaze B2 application key in the Secret Key field.
      3. Enter your S3 endpoint URL in the Endpoint field, for example,
      4. Select Use V4 auth signing.
    6. Click Add Storage System.

    The Backblaze B2 storage system that you created appears in the list of storage options on the Infrastructure screen.

    Create a Volume

    1. In the left menu, select Infrastructure.
    2. Click + Volume next to the Backblaze B2 storage system.
    3. On the Add Volumes screen, select the Backblaze B2 bucket that you want to use.
    4. Click Next Step.
    5. To share the Backblaze B2 volume with another site, select Shared Volume for this volume.
      For more information about sharing volumes, see the Getting Started Guide for AWS Marketplace.
    6. Click Next Step.
    7. To set a threshold on your capacity, change the value in the Capacity field for the Backblaze B2 volume.
    8. Click Next Step.
    9. On the Review & Add screen, click Add Volumes to complete the setup process.

    The Backblaze B2 storage volume appears on the Infrastructure screen under the Volumes tab.

    You can now use your Backblaze B2 bucket to read and write data. For more information about using Hammerspace, see the Hammerspace documentation.

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