Getting Started with ElasticHosts Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is our new storage product specifically built for the needs of Linux system administrators and works out of the box with common Linux tools such as Rsync and SSHFS.

In this post, we will show you how to create Cloud Storage on ElasticHosts using the web-based control panel.
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Create cloud storage in 4 steps

1. Login

To get started, log into the control panel. For example, if your cloud storage is in the Dallas location, you can log in here: https://dal-a.elastichosts.com.

2. Add storage

To add a cloud storage folder, click on the Add drop-down and choose Cloud Storage at the bottom.

Add cloud storage on the ElasticHosts control panel

3. Name your storage

Give your storage a name.

Name cloud storage on the ElasticHosts control panel

4. Done

Once complete you will have a storage folder that looks like the below:

Cloud storage created on ElasticHosts control panel

Cloud Storage web interface

ElasticHosts offers a powerful and easy-to-use control panel, which enables you to manage your Cloud Storage directly and provides all the information you need to connect it via the web, API or other tools.

Below is an explanation of the symbols used:

Cloud storage icons on ElasticHosts control panel

  1. Storage name: Click to change the storage's name.
  2. Storage details: Edit storage details - password and SSH keys.
  3. Copy/Duplicate storage
  4. Connect: View details on how to connect via Rsync, WebDAV, SSH, web browser or API. You can also email these instructions to a third party. More details below.
  5. Delete storage
  6. Default secure password: Click to edit the password.
  7. Traffic: View storage's network traffic graph
  8. Copy password to clipboard

Storage Username, Password, SSH Hostname, Port and short guides.

Clicking on the eye labelled (d) in the previous image will display the following brief topics:
Connection details

  • Credentials: URL, Username, Password, SSH Hostname, SSH Port.
  • Accessing files in a folder with an SSH client
  • Accessing files in a folder with a web browser
  • Accessing files in a folder by API
  • Synchronizing files with a folder using RSync
  • Mounting a folder via SSHFS
  • Mounting a folder via WebDAV
  • Email these instructions

Edit your storage details - password and SSH keys

Click on the cog symbol, labelled (b) above to see the below screen (annotated):

Edit cloud storage details

  1. Storage name: Click to change the storage's name.
  2. Save changes
  3. Connect: View details on how to connect via Rsync, WebDAV, SSH, web browser or API. You can also email these instructions to a third party.
  4. Back to control panel
  5. Default secure password: Click to edit the password.
  6. SSH Keys: Details on the drop-down to follow.
  7. ElasticHosts unique identifier

Cloud Storage SSH Keys

cloud storage SSH keys

  1. Track profile keys: Authenticate using your already stored public SSH keys.
  2. No SSH keys: disable key authentication.
  3. Custom: you will be given the opportunity to deselect/add keys. Added keys will be accessible across your account.

Continue

You have created your Cloud Storage and learnt the features of the web-based control panel. Now you're ready for the next step: Cloud Storage for offsite backups using Rsync.

If you're interested in something else, look at the list of Cloud Storage tutorials.