"Before arriving at the the OpenStack-Gladinet conclusion, we investigated several different options, including SAN storage, NFS/CIFS, SMEStorage, Citrix Sharefiles and many others.
Given the types of data users would be storing, images, videos, documents, archive data, the enterprise file sync and share use case was a logical fit for our OpenStack Swift implementation that was already in production.
As an added bonus, Openstack swift was easily integrated with our cloud services automation framework. Since Openstack Swift provides a RESTful API, we were able to build a provisioning model through our cloud automation tool that allowed swift accounts to be provisioned immediately.
Other benefits of using OpenStack Swift for our Enterprise File Sync and Share solution was the high durability and low cost of the Openstack Swift solution. Swift also provided a high level of data availability at a much lower total cost than traditional storage mediums
And meeting HP’s security requirements was relatively straightforward, since openstack swift is completely accessible via HTTPS. We took this a step further by opting to implement LDAP integration for authentication and authorization, which allows us to enable and disable account access to the swift cluster from the HP directory,
The last, but certainly not the least, compelling benefit for us was that Openstack Swift is built to scale. So, as capacity demands rise we can scale the OpenStack Swift cluster proxy layer or the storage layer by simply adding additional nodes, thereby adding capacity for concurrency or data.
For the sync and share platform, HP IT had a project directive to roll out the service within a compressed timeframe. We worked directly with Gladinet to outline very specific product enhancements based on HP’s design requirements and security standards. Gladinet did an excellent job of delivering these enhancements within the compressed time frame. We were impressed.
Because of the geographical scope of HP and the unique aspects of our directory, gladinet was able to make changes to the Sync and Share product to support HP as an enterprise
Since HP does not provide mobile devices to all of its employees, we wanted a solution that would allow any employee to participate by using any mobile or workstation devices (IOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Windows OS and Mac OSX). We also wanted a solution that would be easy for users to adopt, have a familiar look and feel, and enable file sharing and collaboration inside and outside the organization. Gladinet met or exceeded our expectations for each of these requirements
Since the sync and share solution was to be used internally and externally, security was a big concern. Again working directly with Gladinet and the application security scanning team, we were able to satisfy all of the security requirements set forth by HP security policy. (Perhaps mention the scope and size of the security report?)
the multi forest directory support, SSL transport security, Data At Rest Encryption and application security policies to name a few.
As I mentioned before, scalability and flexibility were always at the forefront of our design choices. And planning for future growth can be a challenge, so having the capability to burst to the HP public cloud for capacity demand is a great option for interim storage while additional private cloud object storage is being purchased.
Finally, look and feel had been a major requirement for the project. As an internally and externally presented service for Hewlett Packard, the sync and share solution had to be fully customizable and branded. The Gladinet product supports both the product customizations and branding we desired as a service provider.
We also needed to customize the mobile device application deployment and management. Gladinet and HP customized the mobile apps to meet HP’s requirements and helped to deliver mobile applications into our mobile device management suite. We could then control the deployment of the mobile apps to specific users and groups."