Cloud Storage Introduction and GUI

What is UC Cloud Storage:

 

UC Cloud Storage is a cloud storage and file management solution.  It is designed to be a web-based file repository for easy access to collaborative data from anywhere in the world.

How to access the UC Cloud Storage implementation via web:

 

Navigate to https://storage.cloudlayer.com in a web browser

Enter the username and password for your UC Cloud Storage account, this information will be provided to you by UCclouds.com in your Client Portal under “Products and Services” → “My Products & Services” → “View Details”.

 

Working with UC Cloud Storage:

You will be greeted with the "home" page which simply serves as an overview of the available files and projects.  From here the most useful links are going to be across the top and are labeled accordingly:

"File Manager, Projects, Share, Directory, My Account"

 

File Manager:

You will notice as you hover over the files a gear icon will appear, clicking this will expand the file properties allowing you to download, share, assign the file to a project, upload a new version, rename and delete.

You can also make batch changes by selecting the check box next to the file and using the "Actions" drop down at the far right next to the "assign to Project" button.

 

Projects:

Projects let you group and categorize the files you have uploaded. Again, as you hover over the respective project name a gear will appear. Expanding the properties for the project from here, you can view the project profile (and edit it) as well as delete the project. Deleting a project will not delete the content associated with that project, just the project container itself.

UC Cloud Storage is intended to be collaborative software as such you are able to share files to recipients of an e-mail address.  You can do this by clicking the "Project Details" link and either add a new user, where the system will ask for a first and last name and an email address for the new user, or you can select an existing user to share the file with.  Upon adding a new user, The UC Cloud Storage system will e-mail the new user the proper login credentials to access the files that were shared with them as well as create an entry in the user Directory.  Users that have been invited to have access to file you have shared only have read access to the UC Cloud Storage management system. They will not be able to alter the data or upload any content to the system.  Also note that a single file can be shared or a project can be shared, giving the user access to all files within the project.

When assigning a new user to a project there is a drop-down next to the new user/existing user dropdown labeled "Assign Role", the available options are "viewer", "editor" and "manager".  These represent the permission levels assigned to that user, due to security reasons these have been disabled, as indicated earlier, all users that are guests to the UC Cloud Storage system are only configured to have read rights only.

Share expiry: If you would like to make a limited time access offer to a guest, you are able to set an expiry date


Directory:

This is an "address book" like function that stores the contact and username information for all individuals who have been added as guest.


My Account:

This function gives you information about your UC Cloud Storage account and current resources usage.  Also note it is not possible to change your UC Cloud Storage password through the web based interface, if you would like to change the password for your UC Cloud Storage system this can be done through the SoftLayer management portal.

 


Other Access Methods:

The UC Cloud Storage system supports native windows file system access. This operates as if the cloud storage system was a windows share on the network.

Linux can mount the UC Cloud Storage using webDAV.  This allows Linux to mount the cloud storage system as it would any other file system.

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