Gladinet Cloud
File Server Integration

Migrate File Servers to Cloud Servers
and free them from your LAN!


VPN Alternative to Remote File Access

Any device, anywhere, secure online access to your file server


This white paper describes Gladinet Cloud Server which can be used by businesses to enable secure online access to file server without using VPN.

Problem Statement

You had a file server locally in a branch office where all the users enjoy local file server user experience. VPN solutions has been used to provide remote file access. However, it is not easy to access the files through iPhone or Android devices or from a web browser. It is also slow for branch office to access main file server over VPN.

You may have a multi-site file structure. Each different site has its own file server. It is possible to use VPN to access each site individually. However, you like to unify each single file server into a single access namespace for easier access without a VPN. Also you would like to speed up the VPN access.

Gladinet Solution

Gladinet Cloud solves the problems by creating a hybrid cloud storage and access solution. File servers from different locations can contribute folders to a global distributed file system namespace inside user's account. The global distributed file system namespace can be accessed from web browser, desktop PC , mobile devices or other file server.

When combined with the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise product, which allows the use of your own storage as the backing storage, you can create a hybrid storage and access solution involving file servers in your local branch office and file servers in your co-location data center, and still enables the web browser, desktop PC, any device and anywhere secure online access.

Implementation #1

The first implementation has the Gladinet Cloud running on 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.

Implementation #2

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 the Internet.


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.