Welcome to the NetStorage Configuration Guide

NetStorage is a managed product that provides persistent, replicated storage of your content, including images, streaming media files, software, documents, and other digital objects.

By mirroring content to a small number of core network locations, content is highly available and easily accessible to our Edge servers. This makes NetStorage a great compliment to our delivery products.

What can I do with the NetStorage Groups user interface?

This documentation discusses using the NetStorage Groups user interface (UI). This UI allows you to view and manage the storage groups that house your content. You can also create and administer the individual upload accounts that you use to access these groups. In an upload account, you define the various access methods it can use to access the group (protocols such as FTP, Rsync and SecureCopy), as well as a host of other access privileges and restrictions.

NetStorage storage groups

The basic unit of storage in NetStorage is called a “storage group.” NetStorage uses an “object store” data storage scheme to provide a more scalable, high-performance storage platform via proprietary databases, rather than utilizing a traditional file system.

This eliminates the need for elaborate data storage hardware, and streamlines your content storage. A replicated HTTP object store is used to persistently store media content that originates in a Content Delivery Network (CDN). It supports file ingest from Content Management Systems via multiple ingest protocols and originates that content for both linear and video on demand applications. In essence, NetStorage provides the root of the CDN hierarchy, and it services cache misses from multiple CDN caching tiers, downstream. NetStorage is based on standard HTTP delivery and it offers a scale-out architecture for redundancy and storage expansion. In it, several nodes are interconnected to form a common storage cluster with a single, virtualized namespace.

Access the NetStorage Groups interface

You can access the interface with this URL: https://control.akamai.com/apps/storage-ui/, or by navigating from within Control Center:

  1. Open the application. Go to > ORIGIN SERVICES > NetStorage.