Overview

Skill Level: Beginner

This recipe describes how to add IBM® Cloud Object Storage to enable IBM Spectrum Protect™ Plus to offload data to IBM Cloud.

Ingredients

The following steps show you how to create cloud storage buckets and corresponding credentials to be able to add IBM Cloud Object Storage as a backup storage provider in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.

For more information about IBM Cloud Object Storage, see About IBM Cloud Object Storage.

Step-by-step

  1. Order Cloud Object Storage

    1. Connect to the IBM Cloud catalog and click Object Storage.

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    2. Enter the required information to create a Cloud Object Storage instance and click Create. You are automatically redirected to your new instance.

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  2. Add credentials for the Cloud Object Storage instance

    1. In the IBM Cloud console navigation pane, click Service credentials > New Credential.
    2. Create credentials for the instance, and then click Add. You must provide these credentials in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.

      In the Role field, make sure to provide the role Writer.
      Select “Include HMAC credential” checkbox, this will enter {“HMAC”:true} in the Add Inline Configuration Parameters (Optional) field
      For information about creating credentials, see Service Credentials.

      Example

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    3. Click View Credentials to see the credential information including new API keys.

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  3. Create a bucket for the Cloud Object Storage instance

    In the IBM Cloud console navigation pane, click Buckets and create a bucket for the instance.

    For information about creating buckets, see Getting Started (Console).

    Example

    Note that the options that you select for the bucket affect pricing.

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  4. Configure IBM Spectrum Protect Plus to offload to Cloud Object Storage

    1. Start IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.
    2. In the navigation pane, click System Configuration > Keys and Certificates > Add Access Key.
    3. Add the access key for the Object Agent instance by using the instructions in Adding an access key.

      In the Access Key and Secret Key fields, enter the keys that were created when you added the credentials in the IBM Cloud console. See step 3 in Add credentials for the Cloud Object Storage instance.

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    4. In the navigation pane, click System Configuration > Keys and Certificates > Add Certificate.

    5. Add a certificate for the Cloud Object Storage instance by using the instructions in Adding a certificate.
      In the Type field, select cos.
      Select Copy and paste, and enter the certificate information from step 3 in Add credentials for the Cloud Object Storage instance.

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    6. Add the Cloud Object Storage instance as a service provider by using the instructions in Adding IBM Cloud Object Storage as a backup storage provider.

      To find the value for the Endpoint field, enter your cloud object storage and click Endpoint in the IBM Cloud console navigation pane. You will see a list of endpoints for the bucket.
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      In the Select a key and Select a certificate fields, select the key and certificate that you added in the preceding steps.

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    7. Click Get Buckets, and then select the bucket that you created in Create a bucket for the Cloud Object Storage instance to serve as the offload target.

    8. Edit or create a new SLA policy to enable offloading to cloud storage by using the instructions in Managing SLA policies for backup operations.

      Example
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    9. Data will offload as specified by the schedule in the SLA policy. If you want to offload immediately, see the instructions in Starting jobs.

     

     

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