Familiarize yourself with some terms used in the process of managing your NetStorage content.


Access method

Access methods are used to define how you want the upload account to access a storage group. Upload accounts can have multiple access methods.

Action header

This API uses a unified ‚Äúaction‚ÄĚ HTTP header that specifies which action to perform on the object name specified in the request path. Use the action header with GET, POST, or PUT HTTP methods, depending on the operation.

Connection hostname

This API uses a unique upload domain. For example, if you provide ‚Äúbaseball‚ÄĚ as your domain name prefix:

  • API domain. [domain name prefix]-nsu.akamaihd.net
  • Example domain name prefix. baseball
  • Example connection hostname. http://baseball-nsu.akamaihd.net

Content Provider (CP) code

This is a unique numeric code assigned to you by contract, representing the default root directory in any NetStorage storage group.

You need to create at least one CP code for a storage group. Reporting and billing services will reference the statistical data for these CP codes.

For example, if the CP code associated with a storage group is ‚Äú123456,‚ÄĚ your root directory in that group would be ‚Äú/123456,‚ÄĚ and all of the previously mentioned data references this code.


NetStorage CP codes are unique to NetStorage. You must create them using the NetStorage UI or Configuration API.

Domain name prefix

When establishing a storage group, you provide us with a value to serve as a prefix for your domain names.

Once you've determined an applicable domain name prefix, you'll use it with all domain names for a storage group.

Storage group

We refer the basic unit within a NetStorage instance to as a ‚Äústorage group.‚ÄĚ A storage group is where you house your content for distribution. A storage group needs at least one upload account to upload content.

Upload account

You use an upload account to access a specific storage group. This is done by associating it with an upload directory that is set up in the storage group, then assigning it with an access method.

Use your upload account name as the uploadAccountId when using this API.

Upload directory

An upload directory is a root directory in a storage group, represented by a CP code that has been provisioned for use with NetStorage. This is also referred to as a "CP code root."

X-Akamai-ACS-Auth headers

This API uses two headers for authentication:

  • The X-Akamai-ACS-Auth-Data authentication header. This identifies the version, time, and upload account performing the operation.
  • The X-Akamai-ACS-Auth-Sign header. This is a base64 signature encoding the X-Akamai-ACS-Auth-Data header.

Learn more about X-Akamai-ACS-Auth headers.