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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Managed File Sync & Share Solution

You are familiar with managed and hosted service since your company in one way or the other may be using a managed service such as MS Exchange, MS Lync, MS CRM, file storage and disk space.
If you are a service provider yourself, you are even more familiar with these since you are managing hosted solutions for your customers. You may have MS Exchange server, MS Lync, CRM server and MS Windows 2008 server in your data center where you manage and service your customers.
Now, have you heard of managed file sync & share service? Where you can install a server or a group of servers in your data center; you then manage this service either yourself or for your customers?
If you are looking for a solution like this, you found one in Gladinet Cloud Enterprise. To make sure it is the right solution for you, just use the following quick cheat sheet, which contains a list of features you need. If you find a feature that meet your requirement, you check it off. If you find you are checking most of the features in your list, talk to Gladinet and they are ready to help!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Quick Tour Around Gladinet Cloud Enterprise

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise is a Windows Installer Package (MSI). It packaged the commercial Gladinet Cloud into an installable package so you can have an on-premise Gladinet Cloud. Now you can have sync & share, collaboration and web browser access, desktop and file server access all under your enterprise data and policy control. Good for security.
This article is a quick tour around the install and setup process of the product. The package is built on top of Microsoft Web Platform, i.e. IIS 7/ASP.NET/.NET Framework 4/SQL Server 2008 (Express). Gladinet Cloud Enterprise can be run on Windows 2008 32-bit & 64-bit machines for production environment. For developers and testers, they can also run it on Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit machines. It is recommended that the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise been installed on a clean Windows machine.

Step 1: Prepare Microsoft Web Platform

You will use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer to prepare for the Microsoft Web Platform. You can install IIS/ASP.NET/SQL/.NET Framework all from the same Microsoft Web Platform Installer.
Since the Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a one stop shop for all the Microsoft Web Platform components, it is fair straight forward to install all the required components by checking the checkbox next to the components.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Introducing Gladinet Cloud Enterprise

Today Gladinet released Gladinet Cloud Enterprise. It is an installable cloud storage solution for enterprises concerned about security, control and compliance. It contains all the Gladinet Cloud Team Edition features you see on www.gladinet.com and packaged into a Windows Installer (MSI) package. Typically it is a 5-10 minutes installation and configuration process and it will be up and running immediately.
Since the package can run onsite, there are some additional feature sets, such as deep Active Directory integration so existing Active Directory users can start using the Gladinet Cloud for Enterprise directly.
Another additional benefit is that it allows using Enterprise’s own file server storage, or private OpenStack Swift storage, or private EMC Atmos storage as the backend storage. While, at the same time, if an Enterprise is comfortable with their own Amazon S3 account, Google Cloud Storage account, Windows Azure account, they can choose to use these as the backend storage for the Gladinet Cloud package.
It is also as scalable as the public Gladinet Cloud. If you need to support tens of thousands of servers, the Enterprise just need to install more worker nodes into the server farm.

Why Gladinet Cloud Enterprise

Dropbox and box popularized the kind of public cloud storage sync & share solution, with team collaboration features. Enterprises need same kind of solution but enterprises doesn’t want to lose control of data to some third party storage site. So a combination of public cloud storage features and private enterprise hosting and security makes a lot of sense.

How To Deploy?

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise can be installed completely on-premise or it can be installed inside the DMZ zone as show in the picture below.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mobile Clients for OpenStack Swift

In the past articles, we covered OpenStack Swift web front-end so you can access through a web browser. We also covered how you can have a desktop client that connects to OpenStack Swift from your PC or Mac desktop.
This article we will discuss mobile clients, such as iOS App, Android App and how they connects to OpenStack Swift.
Two years ago, you saw Gladinet products had direct access capabilities to OpenStack Swift. Direct access gives you file-by-file view of what is in the OpenStack Swift instance. However, direct access also limited the access client’s capability to the OpenStack Swift’s programming interface, such as read/write/delete operations.
As we continue to enhance the products and continue to understand user’s requirements, we saw a gap between the direct access method and what users really want. Users are very familiar with the direct access method, since floppy drive and hard drive. In this sense, the direct access method to cloud storage  doesn’t provide much value when it is compared to direct access local hard drive. Users are asking for new functionalities that cloud storage has but local hard drive doesn’t have.
openstack2_256Users are telling us that they need to have web browser access to their OpenStack Swift instances, with the capability of doing Sync and Share, with the capability of a mapped local drive on PC and on Mac, with the capability of iOS app and Android app access. They wish they can have drop box or box like functionalities that work with their own OpenStack Swift instance.
To satisfy these requirements, we will need to add a layer on top of OpenStack Swift as we called it, the BASIC layer. (Backup, Access, Sync & Share, Identity, Controlled Collaboration). The BASIC layer adds additional programming interface to OpenStack Swift so it does change notification, version control, quota record and other essential functionalities.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Folder Share Solution based on OpenStack Swift

openstackSharing folders across the Internet is a very good use case for cloud storage. As a service provider, you maybe thinking about a folder sharing solution that you can use for your existing user base. If you have cloud storage service yourself such as OpenStack Swift, EMC Atmos or whatever it is, you can use Gladinet Cloud to achieve what you want for a folder sharing solution.
This article focuses on OpenStack Swift. Once you understand how it works, it can work for your other kind of cloud storage service as well.
We will walk through manual configuration of an OpenStack swift account with Gladinet Cloud. This is a step that can be fully automated later on. By configuring it manually, it shows how OpenStack Swift and Gladinet Cloud works together.
Step 1 is to acquire a Gladinet Cloud Team account from www.gladinet.com.
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Gladinet and HP Cloud - 1TB HP Cloud Object Storage

Gladinet and HP Cloud started a round of joint promotion with 1TB free HP Cloud Object Storage for your Gladinet Team Edition account. The regular Gladinet Team account comes with 100MB storage. The storage will be based on HP Cloud Object Storage. This will bring the total storage to 1.1 TB when you sign up with a new Gladinet Team Account.
You will see the promotion in multiple places. You will see it from both Gladinet’s home page and also HPCloud home page.  It is on Gladinet partner page. It will show up on Gladinet blog and later on, other places as well.

HPCloud Object Storage is based on OpenStack Swift, with KeyStone integration. The KeyStone part is known as HP Identity Service. Gladinet Cloud has an open plugin architecture so it is fairly straightforward to plug in HPCloud Object Storage as one of the default storage.
HPCloud Object Storage provides a place for customers to store data. Gladinet Cloud provides a way to access, backup, sync & share, with team collaboration, allowing end users to access HP Cloud Object Storage from various end point devices such as PC, Mac, Windows File Server, iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices.
HPCloud can look into its customer base and channel to see who likes to use a sync & share solution based on HPCloud Object Storage. Gladinet can look into its customer base too to find joint customer.
For more information about HPCloud and Gladinet joint promotion, visit http://www.gladinet.com