Gladinet

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Gladinet Cloud Desktop
Developer(s) Gladinet, Inc.
Initial release May 2009
Stable release Gladinet Cloud Release History
Development status Active
Operating system Windows
Available in English
Type Cloud storage desktop integration
License Proprietary
Website http://www.gladinet.com

Gladinet, Inc. is an American corporation founded in 2008 that provides cloud computing software, including an on-premise, enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS) platform.[1] The on-premise version of the platform is available for service providers[2] and enterprises.[3] For those who prefer not to self-host, there is also a team edition that is hosted by Gladinet.[4]

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise provides enterprise file sync and share with complete on-premise deployment. The orchestration layer is deployed on-premise and can integrate with on-premise storage platforms like OpenStack Swift,[5] Microsoft DFS, and traditional File Servers. The platform adds traditional IT security and controls to file sync and share use cases, allowing remote access to existing data from any device with existing identities. Gladinet Cloud Enterprise provides easy to install, brandable software, with distributed file locking, branding, and sync-on-demand through mapped drives. Gladinet provides a combination of features to cloud enable existing IT infrastructure in the enterprise.

Gladinet Cloud for Service Providers is a multi-tenant version of Gladinet Cloud Enterprise used by MSPs across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to provide a self-hosted, fully branded "Dropbox alternative" from their own data centers, countries, or other digital borders.

Historical Overview[edit]

The company was initially founded with the goal of turning the Internet into a virtual PC by integrating cloud services directly onto a PC desktop. The company believed that this approach was better than using a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox as a cloud client. Gladinet Cloud Desktop was a byproduct of that view and took the first step towards the goal of a virtual internet PC by implementing a ubiquitous cloud storage client that integrated cloud storage with the Windows file system. This level of integration improved usability when compared to a browser based client. Files from the cloud were accessed as if they were on a local disk or a mounted network file share. To further enhance usability, Gladinet Cloud Desktop also created file type associations between web applications and files, whether they were stored on a local disk or in the cloud.

After that initial phase, the company added a gateway for file servers and a backup product to create a cloud server access suite.

Currently, the access clients (desktops, mobile devices, browsers and file servers) form the client tier of Gladinet's sync and share platform. These clients connect through an orchestration layer to the backend storage which completes the three-tiered architecture.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop[edit]

In May 2009, the company launched the Gladinet Cloud Desktop product. The product provided a platform for cloud service integration and an SDK which facilitated the creation of plugins to support cloud services like cloud storage. Supported providers included Amazon S3, Google Docs, EMC Atmos, Google Picasa, Box.net, and all WebDav or FTP based providers.

Gladinet Cloud Backup[edit]

Gladinet Cloud Backup was launched first as a stand alone product. It integrated with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to provide snapshot backup to cloud storage services. Later the Gladinet Cloud Backup feature was integrated into Gladinet Cloud Desktop and Gladinet CloudAFS Server.

Gladinet Cloud Server[edit]

Gladinet Cloud Server was first launched as Gladinet CloudAFS Server, where AFS stood for Cloud Attached File Server. Its main purpose was to integrate cloud storage as a virtual file system volume. In the Gladinet Cloud, Cloud Server is available in the Team, Enterprise and Service Provider editions as the Cloud Server Agent.

Gladinet Cloud for Teams[edit]

Gladinet Cloud for Teams was launched Q4 2011. It provided features like team collaboration folders and peer-peer sharing based on cloud storage services.

Gladinet Cloud[edit]

In March 2012, all the different Gladinet products were rolled into a single product line, the Gladinet Cloud, with four different editions. At that time, Starter Edition and Professional Edition mapped to the existing Gladinet Cloud Desktop, while the Team Edition combined Gladinet Cloud Server and Gladinet Cloud for Teams.

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise[edit]

In late 2012, Gladinet Cloud was packaged as an installable product to allow complete on-premise deployment. Gladinet Cloud is based on a 3-tiered architecture which includes an access, orchestration and storage layer. All client products were moved to the access layer, storage integration capabilities were moved to the storage layer and the orchestration layer was designed as a proxy between the storage and clients. The orchestration layer also provides management and integration with existing infrastructure like Active Directory and existing file servers.

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