Gladinet: Redefining Cloud with Self Hosted Solutions

CIO VendorFranklyn Peart, COO The enterprise cloud has begun its transition to the fast lane. The maturity in scalability, resilience, agility, speed-to-market, and ability to innovate are clearly driving this transition. Founded with an idea to migrate legacy data to the storage vendor's cloud storage service, Gladinet, a software company, provides an enterprise file sync and share platform that can be deployed on-premise. “We enhance productivity for mobile workers who collaborate across multiple devices, such as smartphones and tablets, while allowing IT professionals to secure enterprise information assets with a solution that is completely self-hosted and under their control,” says Franklyn Peart, COO, Gladinet.

Gladinet creates a bridge between on-premise software and cloud storage. In addition to public cloud storage, Gladinet’s solution can be integrated with private clouds or even on-premise storage hardware. The solution suite includes clients for desktops, file servers, mobile devices, and web browsers. It also allows customers to self-host or just use the Gladinet hosted version which leverages HP HelionPublic Cloud Object Storage for synchronization, sharing, and backup.

The Gladinet platform is available in three editions: Team, Enterprise, and Service Provider. The Team Edition allows an organization to provide simple, secure access to HP HelionCloud Object Storage for all their backup, synchronization, and collaboration needs. Gladinet Cloud Enterprise Edition provides the same features as the Team Edition, but adds the ability to self-host and integrate with local infrastructure like Active Directory or HP HelionOpenStack Swift. The Service Provider Edition is a brandable, multi-tenant version of the Enterprise Edition.

The Gladinet hosted version of the solution seamlessly integrates with existing local storage to create a hybrid cloud that can be centrally managed with unified access. “Leveraging the HP Cloud services infrastructure for the Gladinet Cloud Team Edition provides the capabilities that customers need,” states Peart, an adherent tech-pro and a trailblazer in cloud computing.
Peart further explains, “For example, attaching a local file share to HP HelionCloud Object Storage and publishing its content to users, while centrally managing access controls through a web browser, highlights some of the benefits of our hybrid approach. We unify access to the file share through drives on user desktops, network file shares, web browsers, and mobile devices. In this scenario, the file share remains synchronized with the cloud storage, regardless of where changes occur. As an added benefit, the data remains accessible even when internet connectivity is lost because we maintain a local copy.” The ability to seamlessly replace traditional backup methods with cloud storage provides another example of the utility of Gladinet’s unified approach. In this case, a third party backup application can send data to the cloud through the existing file system interfaces, making the cloud migration completely transparent to the application. “The HP HelionPublic Cloud offers scalable, reliable online storage with its open source-based architecture. It has enabled Gladinet’s hybrid cloud access solution to seamlessly bridge the gap between on-premise software and cloud storage, which results in simplified cloud migration for small and medium sized businesses,” states Peart.

We enhance productivity for mobile workers while allowing IT professionals to secure enterprise information assets with a solution that is completely self-hosted and under their control

With Gladinet Cloud Enterprise, service providers and enterprises can create self-hosted, fully-branded Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) solutions in their own data centers within their countries' digital boundary. The cloud storage-based sync and share solutions with team collaboration features provide customers an easy way to access file server, SAN/NAS storage, or private clouds from PCs, mobile
devices, and web browsers. “To address the threat of information leakage, Gladinet Cloud Enterprise deploys the orchestration layer on-premise, integrated with on-premise storage platforms like HP HelionOpenStack Swift, or traditional File Servers. And integration with Active Directory provides traditional IT security and controls to cloud access use cases. Additional protection is provided by security features like data-at-rest encryption, SSL-based transfers, the ability to remotely obliterate sensitive data from mobile devices, token based authentication, and more,” says Peart.

With its clients spread across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Gladinet has helped many large enterprises achieve operational efficiencies through its best-of-breed solutions. For instance, HP was faced with the challenge to control corporate data while allowing employees to sync and share data with personal devices. After implementing Gladinet’s solution, HP was able to control its data and provide access for all devices, from mobile to web to desktop, on both Mac and Windows platforms. HP was able to focus on their data hub and offer their employees a brand new solution called HP Data Drive that facilitates data access from different devices.

Gladinet differentiates itself with its easy-to-install solutions and advanced technologies. “We have a strong team that is agile and sensitive to our customer’s needs. These customers also appreciate the flexibility of our platform, their ability to influence our roadmap, and our unique technologies” claims Peart. “But most importantly, we focus on solving real problems for real people. We build relationships with people, not companies,” adds Peart.

Moving forward, Gladinet aims to further help customers manage their data. “Our platform allows customers to provide secure, unified access to all their data from any device or location. We will remain focused on enhancing the utility of that data,” concludes Peart.


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Franklyn Peart, COO and Jerry Huang, CEO

Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing with HP Helion Cloud Object Storage or HP Helion OpenStack Swift