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Friday, June 21, 2013

Self-Hosted Cloud Storage Solution

Enterprise may be the last to adopt Cloud Storage. Not because they don’t like cloud storage, but because they already taken care of a lot of functionalities the cloud storage brings.

For example, replication,  in order to run smoothly in case of a failed hard disk, enterprise has replication of data within the enterprise.

Another example, scalability, to make sure business runs smoothly with added head count, a lot of storage planning was done and a lot of existing storage capacity were idle, ready for expansion. 

The top two functionality – the replication and the scalability, are already taken care of. So what is the selling point of  a cloud storage like solution?

The answer goes to the functionalities that we are so familiar by now, the ability to access storage from any device, including mobile devices;the ability to access storage from web browsers;  and the ability to do sync, share and collaboration on top of the storage services. In short, it is quite often referred to as a dropbox-like solution, with security and on-premise deployment added.

Quite often, you will hear CIO saying, I don’t want dropbox in my company because it scatters company owned documents everywhere, but I like a dropbox-like alternative solution that is built on top of my existing on-premise enterprise storage solution, which I own and have control over where the storage is.

So this is the self-hosted cloud storage solution enterprise is looking for. And look no further, the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise is the solution you are looking for.

In the following video, you will see that you can setup such a solution in 10 minutes.

Next Step

Go to the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise home page and check it out!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gladinet Android Client v2.6 Update

As part of the Gladinet mobile app enhancement and the focus on mobile device support, the Gladinet Cloud Android version 2.6 client was released. This release contains better application interoperability support and remote wipe capability.

Open In

From other natively installed application, you can use “Open In …” to select Gladinet and upload file from other application back to Gladinet Cloud.

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Remote Wipe

When a user’s account is deleted from Gladinet Cloud, the connected Gladinet Cloud application will clear its own cache and on device information.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Connect Your File Server to AT&T Synaptic Storage

There is a recent customer case. The initial lead comes in over the web form and read “I am looking for a solution to backup files using the GeoDrive to Synaptic Storage. Please contact me”.

For those of you who are not familiar with the terms, Synaptic Storage is AT&T Synaptic Storage, based on EMC Atmos cloud storage service. GeoDrive is an EMC product that present EMC Atmos storage with a drive letter.

After all, the customer is converted to a Gladinet Cloud user, satisfying his requirements, better than a GeoDrive can do. This document will discuss this use case.

The customer has several file servers that are Windows 2008 R2. These are file servers serving network shares to the 30-40 employees in the office. Customer wants to backup files and folders from these file servers to the AT&T Synaptic Storage.

The customer has an existing backup solution that is backing up to a co-location data center. The monthly bill for the backup was between $200-$300. By switching to AT&T Synaptic Storage and Gladinet Cloud, the cost is lowered to between $100-$150. It saves money for the customer and also gain the ability to access backup data from web browser, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. As compared to GeoDrive, GeoDrive can only map a drive letter for you and leave many other functionalities to the user to complete themselves.

To get this setup:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gladinet Cloud Windows Phone 8

As Gladinet continue to enhance mobile device and smart phone support. Today is another important milestone. The Gladinet Cloud Windows Phone 8 application was submitted to Windows Phone Developer Center and waiting for certification.

The Windows Phone 8 application has similar features to the Gladinet iOS and Android application. It is a native application written with Visual Studio 2012 and Silverlight for Windows Phone environment, comes with speed and packed with features.

1. Browse Files and Folders

After you sign in to the Windows Phone application, you will see files and folder tree and can browse the folder content.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Gladinet iOS App Update

With the latest Gladinet iOS app update, The iOS app greatly increased the interaction between a cloud-bound file and applications native to the iOS device.

1. From iOS App, Open file In Other App

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From the iOS App, you can use the disclosure button to click into the file details view. In the view, there is an “Open In …” button. When click on this button, the file will be downloaded and sent to locally installed application. In the picture, applications that are capable of opening PDF files will be presented to the user to open this document.

 

 

 

 

2. From Other App, send file back to Gladinet Cloud

From other iOS Applications, you can also do “Open In” if the application has an “Open In” option. For most of the file types, the Gladinet Cloud option is available. After clicked the “open in” option, the Gladinet Cloud application will be open, and a “Upload to Current Folder” button will show, allowing upload the document back into Gladinet Cloud.

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3. WebDav Support

For the iOS applications that support WebDav protocol, you can also mount Gladinet Cloud account as Webdav, allowing those applications to work with the cloud-bound files directly.

Next Step

Go to www.gladinet.com and sign up for a Gladinet Cloud team account. After that, download the Gladinet iOS application and try it yourself.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Gladinet Cloud Mid-Year Review 2013

It is time to review the progress Gladinet Cloud made in the first half of the year. When we are in day-to-day operation, it didn’t feel that there is much change. And now, when we take a break to look back, there is quite some big progress made.

1. Mobile Enhancement

There was big progress made on the Mobile applications, including applications on iOS devices, Android devices and even Windows Phone 8 devices. Feature enhancements include better upload/download support; file/Folder sharing and collaboration support; and interoperability with applications installed natively on the devices.

2. Mac OS X Enhancement

Mac OS X came out of beta and getting more feature parity compared to the Windows client. Mac OS X client now can attach local folders and sync to cloud.

3. Central Administration Enhancement

More group policy support and more settings the administrator can control for the whole team. As Gladinet Cloud focus more toward businesses and enterprises, more group policy and control it will be giving to the administrators. There is also more audit trace and more file changing log.

4. Collaboration Enhancement

File locking, check-in and check-out and file modification notification are all part of Gladinet Cloud now. Since Gladinet Cloud was built on top of the concept of drive-letter based access, it can solve the fundamental file locking problem.

5. Enterprise and Service Provider Support

The Gladinet Cloud Enterprise product continue to enhance and becoming easier to self-install, self-deploy, self-brand and self-service.

Here is a quick 5 min video of the Gladinet Cloud

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Use Your Own Storage with Dropbox-like Style

There are different kind of storage (services) you own. The most common one is the file server sitting in your office, in your office building or just at the C: drive in front of you. As you may be using a hosted service provider, you may also own a file server that is sitting in a data center or some SAN storage allocated to you from the data center.  Since we are in the cloud storage era, you may also own cloud storage accounts such as those coming from Amazon S3 or Windows Azure storage. Anyway, if you need storage, you get storage and most likely, you already own some type of storage.

The Questions

Now the question is: How do you enable the Dropbox-like access methodology around your own storage, providing web browser access, desktop and mobile device access to your own storage.

That brings up another question, Dropbox is a great service and why do you want to do so around your own storage, instead of just using Dropbox?

The Challenges

That leads to the stories we heard from our MSP partners.   One story we heard is a Marketing director leaves company for a competitor company. When they inspect the laptop the marketing director left behind, they find many company confidential documents in the director’s Dropbox account. So company confidential documents leaked.

Another story we heard is that Sales guy left company. When they left, they left with customer information in their Dropbox accounts. So company assets (like customer information, deal stage) lost with lost opportunities.

So the stories we heard is that customers have a desire to control data leakage and to own data storage. That is why they desire to leverage their own storage but put a Dropbox-like access solution around it.

This is when Gladinet Cloud Enterprise (GCE) solution comes in to help.