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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On-Demand Access to Online Storage

Online storage services all come with some standard access methods, such as web browser based file manager and mobile applications.

Some come with a synchronization folder. For example, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive all come with a synchronization folder.

For personal use, it may be OK for the web browser based file manager and the synchronization folder.

As online storage services getting more and more popular, personal use is gradually turning in to team collaboration over the online storage. Synchronization based accessing method gradually turning into On-Demand Access.

So customers don’t want the long wait time for the file to be synchronized to cloud. Instead, they want instant, on-demand access.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Folder Permission in the Cloud

Cloud Storage is good for team collaboration. Just like in the LAN environment, you have a NAS device that everyone local to the network can share. Or like a Windows File Server that everyone local to the network can share and the file server can setup folder permission inside the network share.

So team collaboration comes with folder permission. When team collaboration is done through cloud storage, folder permission will need to be implemented with the team collaboration solution.

This article discuss Gladinet Cloud Team Edition and the related team folder and folder permission features.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Instant Cloud Storage Migration

Companies want to migrate data to cloud and work from cloud directly. However, they don’t have time to wait for the data migration to happen if it is taking a long time. Here is a typical conversation around data migration to the cloud.

Looking for Instant Access

“Can Gladinet work as a shared network drive for 20 users within my company? I want to have employees copy and edit files and folders in one centralized drive. For example, the drive would show up in the "My Computer" section of Windows. We don't want something that is only shareable via web sites through web browser. Also, is there lag time for when we drop files to the drive? We want instant access to the files once they are uploaded.” – A customer told us their story and the solution they are looking for.

Full Sync too Long

The customer then explained their existing solution and why it didn’t fit their requirement.  “Our main problem with the other service we are testing now is that it took 20 minutes to upload 500MB of data, but then another 5 hours to sync or whatever it was doing so the files would show up on other computers.”

Friday, February 8, 2013

Private Cloud without Internet Connectivity

Back in 2007, the title of this article probably didn’t make any sense. The cloud was a diagram to represent the Internet. Cloud Services == Services from the Internet.

Now, when someone told you they need a private cloud solution without internet connectivity, you probably can guess what they want to do. It feels like they want to have a smaller scale Amazon S3/EC2-like service, smaller scale dropbox-like service or smaller box-like service that is completely contained in a building or a region that is isolated from the Internet. It just runs in its own private world. 

The Cloud word is no longer synonym to the Internet. It is synonym to the public cloud applications we are seeing, such as the ability to access files over the web browser; such as the ability to start a virtual machine from a web browser; such as the ability to view documents over iPhone and Android devices and so on. Now private cloud means you want to do all that in a  private environment.

We are seeing requests like this for Gladinet. People are asking, can your solution runs completely offline, isolated from the Internet.

Yes, the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise can.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Share File Server with Mobile User

A new lead came in and it read as follows:

We have a Windows 2008 file sever and want to share information with mobile users with laptops and smart phones. Can you replicate the file server folders to the cloud? Can users view the file server shares as a shared disk? What product would you recommend that will satisfy this need?

This is a very common use case for Gladinet product, commonly referred to as File Server Content in the Cloud.

Typically, you would set up a seamless link between file server local folders (most of the time, existing network share) and the cloud storage. While the folders are seamlessly migrated to the cloud storage, you can use it from remote locations. On one hand, it fulfilled the need to access, on the other hand, it fulfill the need to migrate.

You would need the Gladinet Cloud Team Edition or Business Edition so you have a cloud storage account to start with. After that, on the Windows 2008 file server, you would install the Gladinet Cloud Team Server. On the remote user’s machine, you will use the Gladinet Cloud Team Client or mobile app.

Now let’s get started.

Monday, February 4, 2013

On-Demand Access to Your Amazon GovCloud S3 Storage

You love public cloud solutions and the anywhere on-demand access they provide to your online storage account. You like the web browser based file manager; the sync and share; and desktop and mobile device access to your online storage.

However, your company is a government agency and there are specific regulatory and compliance requirements that you need to meet. The only option for you is to use a cloud storage vendor that is compliant to certain regulations requirements.  For example, AWS GovCloud is one of your option.

Now you need to find a solution that can be plugged into your AWS GovCloud environment and provide the same web browser based file manager; the sync and share; the online collaboration and all those functionalities.

Look no further, Gladinet is the solution you are looking for. Let me explain …