Cloud storage software firm Gladinet announced on Monday that it has launched version 4.0 of its cloud storage software, designed to enable the creation of hybrid cloud environments using public cloud storage services such as Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, and creates a new private label cloud storage opportunity for service providers.
Gladinet’s storage software enables users to treat those public cloud storage services, as well as a range of other cloud storage back-ends, as a network drive. The service provides an entry path to cloud storage, with the ability to centrally manage implementation that makes it one of several “DropBox for businesses” options on the market.
What might set it apart in the eyes of the hosting community is Gladinet Version 4.0’s new opportunities for private label partnerships. While partnering with the company previously meant referring users or directly reselling the service, the new version enables partners to distribute a branded cloud storage solution.
“We are seeing a sharp increase in partner branding activity as they seek to make it easier for customers to access their cloud storage,” says Gladinet president Jerry Huang, quoted in the press release.
General information about partnering with Gladinet is available on the company’s website, but the company does suggest email contact for details on most of the specific partnership types.
The ability to tie cloud storage into the ordinary functions of other services makes it a simple entry into hybrid cloud solutions, says Gladinet. The company says version 4.0 “facilitates file server replacement, or the creation of synchronized, shared workspaces in the cloud.”
While the full scope of the models available isn’t explicitly outlined, the new partnership opportunities, along with the expressed support for things like OpenStack cloud storage would seem to suggest potential service provider models using cloud storage infrastructure built by the hosting provider. An SMB customer could, for instance, have a network drive that was attached to a cloud storage infrastructure operated by its hosting provider.
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