CentreStack
Enterprise File Sharing

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

 

Self Hosted Dropbox Alternative

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

Introduction

This white paper describes CentreStack - Enterprise File Sync and Share Solution (EFSS). 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 refer to it as the self-hosted dropbox alternative solution. Enterprises refer to it as enterprise dropbox alternative or private dropbox alternative.

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, either on-premise, or at a data center chosen by the customer.

The customers can be employees in your company as well as customers you are servicing.

Gladinet Solution

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

Benefit 1 - Support Active Directory Users

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.

Benefit 2 - Native integration with Home Directory

User's home directory information will be directly used for web browser based and mobile device access.

Benefit 3 - Integration with Customer's Storage

The solution can be integrated with customer's 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 or private cloud storage services such as OpenStack Swift.

Benefit 4 - Integration with MSP's Storage

The solution can be integrated with MSP's private storage services, such as those from SAN storage, File Server storage or even private OpenStack Swift storage or EMC Atmos storage.

Benefit 5 - Supports both Multi-tenant and Single-tenant Deployment

There are two CentreStack package options, one for single-tenant and other other for multi-tenant. It is up to the MSP how they will deploy the solution and it is very flexible. For enterprises, typically the single tenant package option is good enough.

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 MSP's own storage solution to create a self-hosted dropbox alternative solution. The benefit is to give security and control back in the hands of the MSP and the customers.

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.