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

 

Vembu Alternative Solution

Self-Hosted, Dropbox-like Solution for Your Users, with Security and Control

Introduction

This white paper describes Gladinet Cloud Enterprise. The solution can be used by businesses and service providers to privately deploy and host Gladinet Cloud 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. It competes with Vembu in the 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 open source solutions such as Vembu or SparkleShare, most of which are based on Apache, Linux, PHP, MySQL. However, you need a more mature commercial solution that can be easily integrated into your existing Windows environment.

Gladinet Solution

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise 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 or on-premise. 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 Gladinet Cloud Enterprise 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 Gladinet Cloud Enterprise 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 master and self-deploy of the solution

Implementation

It is recommended that Gladinet Cloud Enterprise be installed on Windows 2008 w/ Service Pack 2 or R2 servers, or Server 2012 as shown in the following configuration. You can connect the Active Directory to the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise instance as the user manager. You can also connect your local file server to the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise Server.

Summary

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise 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. Especially for system administrators that are familiar with Windows technologies such as ASP.NET, IIS, SQL Server/Express, it is very easy to setup and manage as an Vembu alternative solution.

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.