Table of Contents
Primary Use Cases
This white paper describes Gladinet Cloud Team Edition, an access solution that
supports the BASIC use cases for online storage.
- Backup local content to online storage
- Access online storage with any device
- Share and Synchronize content
- Identity Integration
- Collaborate securely
As businesses migrate to online storage, more and more are experimenting with Dropbox,
SugarSync and a bunch of other solutions.
For various reasons, the solution you found wasn't exact matching your requirements
and you ran into several problems.
First problem is that for big data set, the initial sync takes forever to finish.
Before it finishes, there is no easy way to collaborate on the data set.
Second problem is that you ran into overlapping file editing and modification. There
is no easy way to lock the files when modifying.
Last but not least, you have file servers and you would like to see a more file
server friendly product. The current solution you have are all very much focused
on the desktop and laptop.
Gladinet Cloud Team Edition solves these problems with a flexible, multi-tiered
This architecture allows any cloud storage service to be used with the Gladinet
Cloud access infrastructure and provides support for multiple device types and file
Gladinet provides an different approach from synchronization based solution. Instead,
Gladinet present to you a drive letter pretty much like the traditional C:, D: drive
that you are familiar with. Within the drive , you can do direct random access,
without waiting for the sync to finish. The drive interface is the main user interface
while the sync functionality is in the background.
File locking is possible with the Gladinet drive mapping technology. When you collaborate in a team
folder, Gladinet can detect file editing event and notify other users at the earliest time.
File Server Support
Gladinet Cloud makes it possible to form a distributed file system over the Internet. Each file server can
replicate local folder content to cloud and vise versa in the background. The desktop client and the file server
agent client are optimized respectively for desktop and file server.
Every business has information that is vital to its successful operation. This is
true no matter what the size of the organization. In fact, there are many statistics
which clearly indicate that data loss is a significant driver of business failures.
These businesses not only need to backup essential information, they are faced
with the challenge of dealing with more and more of it across many different types
of devices. It is becoming increasingly difficult for IT professionals to manage
the rising costs of managing their rapidly expanding data sets.
Attached Folder Synchronization
To address these issues, Gladinet Cloud Team Edition provides the ability to attach
an existing folder to online storage.
The contents of an attached folder will be synchronized with online storage and
will immediately become accessible for remote users. From the users’ perspective,
it will appear that all content was instantly uploaded.
This is in stark contrast to most online storage access services where files in
a folder will not become accessible until they have been copied to cloud storage,
and users have to wait while data is being copied from an on-premise location to
online storage, where it will become available for access.
Synchronization and Versioned Backup
The attached folder’s contents will be synchronized with the cloud and a versioned
backup will be maintained for each file in the attached folder, but even before
the initial synchronization is completed, the entire contents of the attached folder
can be accessed anywhere by any of the Gladinet clients.
Once the initial synchronization has been completed, you have the option to remove
the original server or continue to work in hybrid mode where the attached folder
can be accessed through the on-premise file server or offsite with any device. In
either case, changes that are made to the folder’s contents will be synchronized
and restores can be performed from the versioned backup.
Gladinet Cloud Team Edition also provides a snapshot backup which supports the backup
of open or locked files. Snapshot backups provide optimal efficiency since they
only store the incremental changes once the initial snapshot has been stored.
Online Storage Access
Perhaps the most basic challenge of online storage is how to provide access. Fundamentally,
cloud storage services use primitive commands embedded in the HTTP protocol. These
commands allow a developer to write programs that can interact with cloud storage
but are not helpful for end users who need to access online storage using familiar
paradigms like a drive letter on their desktop, or a file share on their network.
Gladinet Cloud Team Edition gives them the capability to access online storage from
any device using native interfaces.
Mapped Drive Access
Gladinet’s solution provides a mapped drive on PCs so that users can use familiar
tools like Windows Explorer and Mac Finder to access files in their online storage.
A big advantage of the Gladinet approach is that you can maintain your existing
file tree hierarchy - unlike other solutions which require your existing directory
structure to be refactored to a special folder.
Mobile Device Access
The Team Edition provides mobile applications for any iOS or Android device. Once
installed, these applications allow native mobile device access to the Gladinet
Cloud. For example, on an iPhone, the Gladinet Cloud application can be downloaded
from the Apple store, configured with a Gladinet user name and password (which could
actually come from active directory) and then used for direct access to files in
the Gladinet Cloud or on an on-premise file server.
File Server Integration with Online Storage
Gladinet Cloud Team Edition provides several clients including Gladinet Cloud Server which is specifically designed
for file servers. This client allows a file server to act as an online storage gateway
providing clientless access to online storage through network file shares. It also
allows existing file shares to be attached to online storage for instant access.
Gladinet Cloud can be accessed from any modern web browser, such as IE, Chrome,
Firefox, Safari and Opera. An explorer-like interface is provided and files can
be dragged directly into the browser.
Synchronization and Sharing
As mentioned above, the contents of an attached folder will be synchronized with
online storage and will immediately become accessible for remote users.
Users are also provided with the ability to share a file or folder with anyone.
Identity Integration with Online Storage
Secure online collaboration is made possible through Gladinet’s tight integration
with Active Directory. Any Gladinet Cloud Server
instance can be used as a proxy by the Gladinet Cloud infrastructure to automatically
sync user information from Active Directory. The user information is used to control
authorization and access to shared content like team folders.
Secure Online Collaboration
Administrators can create shared workspaces with access controls using Team Folders
in Gladinet Cloud. Once published by the administrator, a team folder will become
accessible by every account user who has been granted access.
Any folder in the Gladinet Cloud can be published as a team folder. This makes it
possible to attach an existing folder on an on-premise file server to Gladinet Cloud,
and then publish it as a team folder.
With Gladinet’s AD integration, a user can therefore login to the Gladinet cloud
with his existing Active Directory credentials, and then access the team folder
remotely from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. And any changes made to the contents
of the team folder will be protected by distributed file locking and synchronized
across all locations.
Gladinet Cloud Team Edition allows an organization to provide simple, secure access
to online storage for all their backup, synchronization and collaboration needs.
With the Gladinet solution, users can continue to use familiar paradigms like mapped
drives, file shares and applications on their mobile devices to leverage online
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Folder Share Across the Internet
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