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Use Cloud Solution to Replace in-house FTP Server

In the past 15 years, FTP server was used as a way to pass documents between companies. For example, you could be a document management company or a media conversion company. Your customers mail you their documents or VHS tapes, you will convert the paper media or VHS tape into digital media and store on the FTP server for customers to download.  It sounds so yesterday, as if everyone was good at using FTP to retrieve electronic documents.

With today’s technology, you would expect FTP accessing method replaced with web browser access. Customers can be directed to a folder link to preview the converted digital media and click a button to download the whole folder of documents.

This is possible with Gladinet Cloud Enterprise. Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server will replace an FTP server, providing web based access method, in addition to desktop client access methods.

1. Connecting to Local File Server Storage

Similar to FTP Server that can connect to Local File Server Storage, Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server is capable of connecting to local file server as well. In the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise Server, different storage options such as Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Local File Server, NAS and SAN storage are all available.

The benefit of connecting to local file server is the interoperability with existing software. In the case of a document conversion company or VHS conversion company, they have existing process and existing software to convert traditional media to digital media and save them onto a file server. So the company doesn’t need to change any of the existing software or process.

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2. Web Access and Mobile Access

People like to access files and folders directly from the web browser or mobile phones. From a usability perspective, this is much simpler than login to FTP client and browse folder and files from FTP client.

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For more information, visit Gladinet Cloud Enterprise web site

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More Stories By Jerry Huang

Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.

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