Monday, July 09, 2012

Gladinet helps us build a CDFS (Cloud Distributed File System)

Gladinet - Cloud-Based Distributed File System

Distributed File System (DFS) in the context of Microsoft Windows is a very familiar feature for Windows Server administrators. As a summary, it can organize many distributed SMB file shares into a single DFS namespace (DFS root), providing location transparency and redundancy.

In the cloud storage era, we can extend the distributed file system concept to cloud storage. With cloud storage, it is possible to unify your multiple file servers from multiple sites into one single namespace. Gladinet Cloud is one such namespace that can unify all your servers from different places and provide cloud-storage replication for redundancy.

If you were a Windows administrator, you will start building your DFS at creating a DFS root first, then you will bring in different SMB network shares into your DFS tree. In Gladinet, you will start by creating a Gladinet Team Edition account, with default Gladinet Storage, or plugin your own cloud storage account, such as Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files and etc..


Your Distributed File System Root in the Cloud

After you signed up for the Gladinet Team Edition account, you will be guided to your web based file explorer. You will be looking directly at your Distributed File System Root – Your Gladinet Cloud Drive. Later on you will bring in different folders from different file servers to this root folder.



Microsoft needs to buy these guys before Google, Amazon or someone else does...

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