For basic tasks, such as configuring routine backup or shared hosting for large files, there are GUI tools for accessing S3 API compatible object storage.
Cyberduck is a popular, open-source, and easy to use FTP client that is also capable of calculating the correct authorization signatures needed to connect to IBM COS. Cyberduck can be downloaded from cyberduck.io/.
To use Cyberduck to create a connection to IBM COS and synchronize a folder of local files to a bucket, follow these steps:
- Download, install, and start Cyberduck.
- The main window of the application opens, where you can create a connection to IBM COS. Click Open Connection to configure a connection to IBM COS.
- A pop-up window opens. From the drop-down menu at the top, select “S3 storage”. Enter information into the following fields, and then click Connect:
- Cyberduck takes you to the root of the account where buckets can be created. Right-click within the main panel and select New Folder (the application deals with many transfer protocols where Folder is the more common container construct). Enter the bucket name and then click Create.
- After the bucket is created, double-click the bucket to view it. Within the bucket you can perform various functions such as upload files to the bucket, list bucket contents, download objects from the bucket, synchronize local files to a bucket, synchronize objects to another bucket, or create an archive of a bucket.
- Right-click within the bucket and select Synchronize. A pop-up panel opens where you can browse to the folder that you want to synchronize to the bucket. Select the folder and click Choose.
- After you select the folder, a new pop-up panel opens. Here, a drop-down menu is available where you select the synchronization operation with the bucket. Three possible synchronize options are available from the menu:
- Another window opens to show active and historical transfer requests. After the synchronization request is complete, the main window will perform a list operation on the bucket to reflect updated content in the bucket.
Cloudberry is a flexible backup utility that allows users to back up some or all of a local filesystem to an S3 API compatible object storage system. It can be configured to be run either manually or scheduled based on need, and can backup different directories to different buckets if needed. Cloudberry can be downloaded from cloudberrylab.com.