Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd. (Grand Cayman, KY)

The first request for the creation of an online folder system that is a reference to an operating system storage device is accepted. The first storage device’s virtual system is created with the Filesystem in Userspace utility (FUSE) within operating systems. The first request for access to the preset path will be received. The initial access request is made to the virtual system once the first access request for the preset path is made, so that the virtual file system is able to access the initial storage device in response to the initial access request.

This disclosure falls within the area of computing technology, specifically on-demand creation and access to a virtual filesystem.

The majority of businesses use a Network Attached Storage device (NAS) to keep their information. A terminal can create a Network File System (NFS) inside an operating system running on the terminal, and later mount the NAS device in the NFS. Whenreceiving an access request for the NFS the operating system detects that it’s required to connect to the NAS device and then sends the access request to the NFS in a way that the NFS connects to the NAS device through the NFS service. In this manner, for theoperating terminal’s system, the access mode in which the operating system is able to access the NAS device is identical to the access mode through which the operating system is able to access local storage devices that is accessible by the terminal.

But, due to the development of computer- and network-related technology, the amount of data that needs to be stored by organizations (such as enterprise, educational, and scientific organizations) grows every day. When theamount of data increases it is necessary that multiple NAS devices have to be set up simultaneously to accommodate storage requirements. As setting up the NAS device is expensive it is essential to configure NAS devices increase organization operating expenses.

In order to reduce the operating expenses Organizations are replacing NAS devices with open-source distributed files systems like the HADOOP Distributed File System (HDFS), or the TAOBAO file system (TFS). This permits them to store data in a more cost-effective manner. However, when an operating system needs to access an open-source distributed file system, the operating system must accesses the open-source distributed file system through an application programming interface (API) provided by the open-sourcedistributed file system.

This disclosure explains the creation and access to a virtual file system at any time.

A first request to create a virtual folder system that corresponds to an operating system storage device is received during an implementation. The virtual file system which is related to the storage device that is first created using an operating system, using a Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) utility in the operating system. A first request for access for the preset path will be received. The first access request is sent to the virtual file system when the first accessrequest for the preset path is received so that the virtual file system accesses the initial storage device in response to the first access request.

In general, the access mode in which the operating system connects to one storage device using an application programming interface (API) interface offered by the storage device that is first used is different from the access mode in which theoperating system accesses another storage device. Since skilled people must compile in advance, in the operating system, a great number of applications for accessing the first storage device using the API interface offered by the first storagedevice This can cause high costs for resources (for instance, labor, computing equipment, as well as time).

The disclosure described hereinafter creates a virtual system that is similar to one of the first storage devices in an operating system by using the FUSE utility. The operating system is able to access the first storage devices by submitting a request to an unreal system. This permits the system to access the first storage devices using the API interface. The access mode the operating systems access the primary storage device via is the same access mode that is the one used to access a local storage. The access mode the operating system employs to access the storage device is the same access mode as the one utilized by the system to access the second storage device.

Therefore, the operating system can successfully connect to the primary storage device using an application initially designed for accessing the second device, and it’s not necessary for experts to compile in advance, inthe operation system, a great number of applications for accessing the storage device of the first via the API interface offered by the storage device that is first. In the end, resource costs can be reduced.

Implementations of the described subject matter, such as the implementation previously described, can be implemented with a computer-implemented process that includes a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions toperform the computer-implemented procedure; and a computer-implemented device comprising one or more computer memory devices interoperably coupled to one or more computers, and comprising tangible non-transitory, machine-readable medium storing instructionsthat when executed by computer or computers, perform the computer-implemented procedure or instructions that are computer-readable stored on the non-transitory, computer-readable medium.

This specification describes how the subject matter can be implemented in specific implementations to gain some or all of these advantages. Since there aren’t any skilled people required to compile applications ahead of time in an operating system, it is possible to cut down or eliminate development expenses. The other benefit is that it’s easier to replace the storage device since there is no need to modify the software. Others benefits will be obvious to anyone with a basic understanding in this area.

The Claims and accompanying drawings provide details about the way in which this specification is implemented. Other aspects, features and benefits of the subject matter will become evident in the Detailed Description, the Claims and accompanying drawings.

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