CentreStack
Enterprise File Sharing

Sync outside the box with this self-hosted, enterprise file sync and share platform.

 

Self-Hosted Novell Filr Alternative and Replacement

Provide a Dropbox-like Solution to Your Users for Security and Control

Introduction

This white paper describes CentreStack. The solution can be used by businesses and service providers to privately deploy and host file sync and share solutions, providing an access layer (browser, mobile, desktop and file server access) around private cloud storage service and local file server storage, and retaining full control of data and the related access infrastructure.

Quite often, our MSP partners and Enterprise customers refer to it as the self-hosted dropbox alternative solution. Enterprise customers often refer to it as Enterprise dropbox alternative solution. It competes with Novell Filr for the enterprise self-hosted file sync and share solution category.

Problem Statement

Many of your business customers are now faced with the Dropbox problem. The employees of the business are using Dropbox on their own to backup some local folders and make them easy to access from over the Internet. However, from business perspective, it is not good knowing that company documents may be scattered on multiple PCs and in different places, creating liabilities for regulatory obligations and leakage of business secrets.

Many of them are turning to you now for an answer. Since you are already manage important IT infrastructure for the customer, it would be great if you could self-host and manage a dropbox-like service for your business customers. Or if you are the head of the enterprise IT department, the company is also depending on you to find a solution.

You may already start looking for a solution and may found some solutions, most of which are based on Apache, Linux, PHP, MySQL. Or packaged into a virtual appliance. You may have found Novell Filr but it didn't work out for you. You need a more mature and easy solution that can be integrated into your existing Windows environment.

Gladinet Solution

CentreStack provides a solution for the problem above. First it enables you to install and host the solution completely on-premise or inside a service provider's data center. Second, it can be integrated with the file server storage, SAN storage or NAS storage.

Benefits

Integrate natively with Active Directory There is no additional setup to add active directory users to the solution. Active Directory users can simply log in to the on-premise Gladinet Cloud web portal.
Native integration with Home Directory User's home directory information will be directly used for web browser based and mobile device access, if the Home-Directory integration option is turned on.
Integration with Your Existing Storage The solution can be integrated with your existing storage, whether it be file server storage, SAN storage or NAS storage. In addition, you can also connect to your own public cloud storage services. You can even use existing files and folders and expose them to use right away.
Supports both Multi/Single-tenant Deployment There are two CentreStack packages, one for single-tenant and other other for multi-tenant. It is up to you how you will deploy the solution and it is very flexible.
Standard Microsoft Web Platform CentreStack is built on top of standard Microsoft web platform technology, including Windows Server 2008/2012, .NET Framework, ASP.NET and SQL Server (Express). These are all very familiar topics for a Windows System Administrator to mater and do self-deployment of the solution
Pure Software Solution CentreStack is packaged into a standard Windows Installer (MSI) and it is very easy to install. It is also very flexible for you to decide where to install and deploy the solution. For example, you can deploy into an Amazon EC2/VPC environment or on-premise, it is more flexible than virtual appliance.
Support Different Kinds of Storage Options CentreStack supports not only CIFS/SMB network share, storage from NAS or SAN, but also other kind of storage options, such as OpenStack Swift or EMC Atmos.
Support Different Deployment Options CentreStack is pure software solution. Compared to virtual appliance based solution, it is easier to deploy, you can deploy on physical server, VMWare virtual server, Xen virtual server, or Amazon VPC or other virtual private data center locations.

Implementation

It is recommended that CentreStack be installed on Windows 2008 R2 servers, or Windows 2012 R2 servers as shown in the following configuration. You can connect the Active Directory to the CentreStack instance as the user manager. You can also connect your local file server to the CentreStack Server.

Summary

CentreStack leverages the local connectivity to Active Directory and your own storage solution to create a self-hosted dropbox alternative solution. The benefit is to give security and control back in your hands.

For more information, please contact Gladinet Support @ enterprise@gladinet.com or visit http://www.gladinet.com

See Also

Installable Enterprise Sync & Share Solution

 
 
 
Additional questions?  Contact Gladinet Support at support@gladinet.com.