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Getting Started with Porticor on SmartCloud Enterprise


Welcome to Porticor! At a high level, the steps involved in using Porticor on SCE are:

  1. Create a storage unit (disk).
  2. Create a Porticor virtual appliance (an instance).
  3. Activate the instance.
  4. Configure the instance.
This article goes through each of the steps. Please read it thoroughly before you start the process, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Creating a Disk

Use the SCE Console to create a new disk. The disk should be raw (unformatted).

Under Storage, press Add Storage, and fill the form.

 Screenshot from 2012 11 20 180729 Getting Started with Porticor on SmartCloud Enterprise

Creating a Virtual Appliance

Next, go to the Instances tab, press Add Instance, and search for the latest public Porticor image.

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Select the image, then fill the Add Instance form. Choose a name for the appliance, and make sure that the primary network interface is on the public Internet, so that the appliance can connect to the Porticor key management service.

Add the disk the you created earlier. It should not be mounted.

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The completed Add Instance form should look something like this:

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Now wait for the instance to become available.

Activating the Instance

Once the instance is Active, locate its IP address, and navigate to its root URL, using SSL, like so: https://ip-address/

You will likely see an SSL-related warning. Press Continue, and you will see this registration page:

 already loged in Getting Started with Porticor on SmartCloud Enterprise

  • If you already have a user name and password with Porticor, press the top Click Here link and log in.
  • Otherwise, fill in your details and we will create a new account for you.
Now fill in a new project name, and follow the simple wizard until your instance is ready to go. When you press Finish, you will be redirected to the instance.
Make sure to save the master key securely.

Configuring the Instance

When you enter the Network File Systems page, you will see the disk you created and attached earlier. Here’s what it should look like:
 VMware protect disk Getting Started with Porticor on SmartCloud Enterprise
Now you need to decide whether you want to expose the encrypted storage as an NFS volume, iSCSI devide or Windows (CIFS) share. Select one of these options, press Protect, and you’re done.
You now have a fully encrypted disk available to your SmartCloud Enterprise applications, using Porticor’s unique key management technology.

Optional: Better Security with Dual Networks

Porticor supports a dual-legged configuration. The primary network interface should be on the open Internet, and a secondary interface on your selected VLAN. Use the Configuration page to define the secondary interface. Make sure to enable the appliance’s on-board firewall, so that only hosts on the private VLAN can access the encrypted disks.
 Secondary NIC Getting Started with Porticor on SmartCloud Enterprise


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Gilad Parann-Nissany, Founder and CEO at Porticor is a pioneer of Cloud Computing. He has built SaaS Clouds for medium and small enterprises at SAP (CTO Small Business); contributing to several SAP products and reaching more than 8 million users. Recently he has created a consumer Cloud at G.ho.st - a cloud operating system that delighted hundreds of thousands of users while providing browser-based and mobile access to data, people and a variety of cloud-based applications. He is now CEO of Porticor, a leader in Virtual Privacy and Cloud Security.

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