This white paper describes Gladinet Cloud Server (File Server Agent) which can be used by businesses
to enable remote users an easy access to head quarter file server and also provide
an online backup solution to file server.
You have a file server in the head quarter that employees access through
traditional Microsoft Network. For remote users, they may access the file server
through VPN from remote offices. It is cumbersome for the remote users. At the
same time, you are also looking to backup file server folders and searching for
an all-in-one backup and access online storage solution, similar to the popular
You want the head-quarter employees to continue
to access the file server the old way, without any interruption or change of behavior.
You want the file server contents replicated to a cloud storage service and allowing
remote users easier access to the same file server contents. You also like the contents
between the file server and the cloud storage service sync up to each other. You
would also like to preserve file locking features when users collaborate in the
same file server share over the cloud.
Gladinet Cloud solves the problems by combining file synchronization solution
and drive mapping solutions together. File servers from different locations can contribute folders to a global
distributed file system namespace in cloud storage, inside user's account. The global
distributed file system namespace can be accessed from web browser, desktop PC ,
mobile devices or other file server. The file synchronization solves the problem
for local user and remote users to access file server. The drive mapping
solution solves the problem of accessing and file locking.
File Server Folders will be synchronized to a cloud storage service. The changes
will be under version control, making it easy to revert to previous versions.
Remote users can access the file server contents directly from cloud storage service.
It greatly improves the performance and greatly improves usability, thus improves
Not only can employees access the file server through traditional Microsoft Network,
they can also access the same file server content through iOS/Android/Windows Phone/Windows
RT mobile devices.
The first implementation has the Gladinet Cloud running on www.gladinet.com with
default Gladinet storage. The Gladinet Cloud Server will be installed on the file
server that has folders to share. You can get online access to file server folders
once you attach a folder from the file server to your Gladinet Cloud account.
The second implementation will have Gladinet Cloud running on-premise. You can have
web browser access to file server folders in the LAN environment. If you put the
Gladinet Cloud in the DMZ zone, you can also enable secure online access across
Traditionally, you only have CIFS/SMB drive mapping access to file server. With
VPN, you can extend the access to remote locations. With Gladinet Cloud Server,
you can have any device, anywhere secure access without VPN, which makes employees
more productive and focus more on running the business and focus less on the access
methods like IPSEC/VPN.