Mac OS X with OpenStack Swift

Have an OpenStack Swift cloud drive volume on your Mac as if it were an external remote drive mounted locally. Move your corporate file server to OpenStack Swift for easy remote file access and team collaboration.

Unleash the Power of OpenStack Swift

OpenStack Object Storage Service (OpenStack Swift) is an object storage service that offers scalability, data availability, security, and performance in a private cloud deployment. Unleash the power of OpenStack Swift as a corporate cloud file server with desktop drive remote access, secure file sharing over web browser, and accompanied by mobile applications on iOS and Android devices.

Users prefer a cloud drive volume in Mac Finder

Simplify User Training
Every mobile worker knows local drive mapping to access a centralized file server. A cloud drive has the same user experience in Mac Finder and saves time and money on user training.
Reduce Costs
A cloud drive supports on-demand access so MacBooks with smaller SSD drive can see the full scope of the shared cloud drive without locally storing 100% of the cloud drive content. It doesn't force mobile workers to upgrade their MacBooks and save money.
Best of Both Worlds
Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity with a cloud drive access.
Permission Control
Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from file server.
Endpoint Protection
Add cloud backup features to backup local folders from Mac to central cloud file server and on to OpenStack Swift.
File Locking
File locking is important with a cloud drive for multi-user collaboration.

Swift Cloud Drive Client Agent Features

Once the Mac client agent software is deployed on users' Mac, the cloud drive will show up in the Mac finder as if it were a pluggable external drive with the following features.

On-Demand Access
User will see the files and folders but the files will only be downloaded when it is required, thus the local hard disk can be much smaller than the full scope of the file server content.
File Locking
Automatic file locking will lock files when users are actively working on them. Manual file locking is also available to check out files and check in files after modification.
Version Control
For files that are changed, previous revisions of the file were stored away in case they will be useful at later time. Version history and the retention policies are available.
Offline Files
Files and folders that are frequently used can be marked as favorites for offline access. For files marked as offline, they will be pre-fetched into the local cache for later use.
Detect suspicious activity and block ransomware from the endpoint devices. When unusual file modification frequency is detected, protection mechanism will kick in to block out the device.
Reliable Transfer
Unlike VPN connection that may disrupt file transfer when the underlying Internet connection is unstable, extra reliability features were built-in to overcome Internet glitches.
Differential Upload
For large files that has minor local modifications, binary differential blocks will be calculated and the different blocks will be uploaded instead of the while file to save bandwidth and save time.
Endpoint Encryption
For files sitting in the local file cache, encryption is available to protect these files that has been downloaded to local cache. Without a successful login, these files will stay encrypt-at-rest and be protected.
Forensic Trace
Audit traces and file change history logs are available to analyze who, at what time, changed which files on the local machine or moved files and folders from which source to which destination.

Folder Synchronization

Cloud drive and folder synchronization work hand-in-hand to provide additional business continuity features for business users. Synchronize local "Documents" folder to the corporate cloud file server backed by private OpenStack Swift containers for easy offline editing, and with endpoint backup.

Check out the following folder synchronization features!

file synchronization diagram
Offline Editing
Local files can be read and modified when the MacBook is not online.
Version Control
Version control can be used to resolve conflicts with offline editing mode.
Endpoint Backup
Folders from edge device can be backup to central corporate file servers.
Cloud Backup
File server network shared folders can be backup to private cloud storage accounts.
Reverse Synchronization
Files and folders in the cloud can be reverse synchronized down to local as a local backup.
Conflict Detection
Synchronization folder is under version control for conflict detection.
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