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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Building Your Own File Sharing Service on HP Public Cloud

Today HP Cloud Service published an article on how to build your own file sharing service on HP Public Cloud.

When it comes to file sharing service, people immediately think about dropbox and dropbox like functionalities. So what is new?

The interesting part is that the file sharing service is installable and self-deployable so you can install it on your HP Public Cloud account if you like to do so.

Control Data Location and Data Flow

When the file sharing service becomes an installable product, just as you can install Windows 2008 file  server, you control where you want your data to be and you also control the data path where the data flow from point A to point B.

It is a trust issue. HP is a brand you can trust and HP’s data center is a place you can trust to have your data securely put in.

Dedicated Instance for Security.

When you self-host and self-deploy a file sharing service, you know the underlying Windows Server, the SSL certificate and the DNS name associated with the instance are all dedicated instances for your solution. Unlike public online storage solutions, you don’t really know how your data is managed.

Continue to HP Cloud Service to read the full article.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Server File Storage Solution with Offsite Sync and Access

Here is a pretty common setup: Small businesses have an internal file storage solution, accessible to all internal devices and works great for users in the office. However, you would like users that are not in the office have the same kind of fast access, wherever they are and on any device.

You are looking for some kind of sync solution with a cloud service that doesn’t interrupt the existing local access behavior, while enabling remote access.

You have tried Office 365 with SharePoint. However, it doesn’t fit and you are still left looking for a solution.

You may hear some IT-old-timers still talk about using FTP or WebDav to enable remote access. You know those old technologies may be even harder to use than what you had with Office 365 and SharePoint.

Now looking at the Gladinet solution that truly sync local file server content to cloud storage services seamlessly, without interrupting the local users, while enabling remote access for out-of-office users.

Gladinet Solution

Gladinet Cloud File Server agent is the piece of software you need for the solution. Installed on top of your existing file server,  the file server agent can monitor the local folder changes and sync them out to cloud storage service.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Facilitate Easy Remote Access to File Server

If you are an IT admin working for a construction company, the title probably immediately grab your attention. Quite frequently, you have users working on various construction sites around the country and can be there for a while before moving to the next site.  Most of the time the users are in the middle of nowhere and rely on mobile 3G hotspot to access company file servers.

Pain Point

The user need to access various documents, such as construction drawings and Excel spreadsheets from the company file server. However, accessing it with  3G over VPN from the remote location, to ISP , then to the company file server is such a slow process that makes it very unpleasant to access those files.

Why it is Slow?

There are several factors that contributing to the slowness. First is the CIFS/SMB protocol used for shared network drive is a very chatty protocol, involving requests/acknowledgement many times over the transfer of a single file. With slow network and long latency, this delays the delivery of the file. Streaming files over HTTP/SSL is a much better way to deliver the files.

Second, the file needs to be fetched from the company, going to the ISP and then transfer to the remote site. The Internet pipe (bandwidth) between the company and the ISP may not be fast enough. It will be better to bring the file out of the company network, ready to be accessed remotely to cut down the company-ISP bandwidth bottleneck, also bring the files closer to the remote user.

Solution

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hybrid Local Storage, Cloud Storage Solution

You are a small business with anywhere between 3-50 employees. Most of the employees are in the same office, some are on the road or work from home. You need a file storage solution to accommodate file sharing and collaboration need.

Traditionally, the Windows File Server has served well in the local area network. With everyone map to the network share, you can do collaboration and file sharing with all the file locking support to avoid file corruption.

What about remote users? You don’t want to get into the VPN thing. First it is not easy to setup. Second, it is not easy for remote user to understand and use. Third, most user just want to use a web browser to upload/download files for light use. Connect VPN, connect to network share, just for modifying/viewing a couple files, that is too cumbersome.

Here is where a hybrid local storage, cloud storage solution comes in. You can either use Gladinet Cloud (with the File Server Agent component), or use the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise (without the File Server Agent) to achieve this.

Solution #1 – Gladinet Cloud, w/ File Server Agent.

With Gladinet Cloud, the default storage is cloud storage.  You will get a Gladinet Cloud Team account and immediately you have web browser access, windows client/mac client and mobile access. This is cloud storage with online access, 50% done.

Now you will install the File Server Agent to help connecting local folders on the file server to cloud storage and maintain replication in between. The end result is the local folder on the file server will be exposed to online access. now 100% done.

What about team collaboration and file locking?

In Gladinet Cloud, you can use Group Policy to turn on the distributed locking. with distributed locking, you can have local applications such as Microsoft word, excel lock the file automatically when editing. solve the team collaboration problem. Also local users continue to use the local file server network share, the file locking is provided by default from the OS.

Solution #2 – Gladinet Cloud Enterprise

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Gladinet Cloud Delegate Administration

When you have a big team in Gladinet Cloud, such as 100+ users, you will need other team members to help you on administrative works.

In Gladinet Cloud, there are two different ways to setup delegate administrator.

1. Fully Privileged  Admin

You can grant team users fully privileged admin rule by adding them to the cloud administrators.

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2. Partial Admin