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Secure data and empower mobility on open private cloud storage

INTRODUCTION

As enterprises seek to replace aging, costly, and inflexible network-attached storage (NAS) file appliances, they often seek to deploy cost-effective private cloud infrastructure. Citrix ShareFile offers enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) on Red Hat® Ceph Storage scalable infrastructure for a flexible enterprise solution that increases user productivity and secures corporate data.

MAINTAINING FILE SECURITY IN A CONNECTED WORLD

Traditional NAS file appliances are often too inflexible to meet modern requirements, such as sharing large files between internal groups or partner organizations. As a result, many users resort to alternative solutions. According to recent study by Enterprise Strategy Group, 70%  of employees use consumer file sharing services—such as Dropbox and Box—at work without IT consent.1 As a result, enterprise data is not secure, durable, or compliant.

In many industries, compliance extends beyond working within corporate governance. An accidentally or intentionally misplaced device, such as a phone or tablet, can compromise data and potentially incur financial penalties.

SECURING SHARED FILES AND MANAGING DATA GROWTH
ACROSS DEVICES

Citrix ShareFile is a secure, enterprise data sync and sharing service that offers IT teams flexible storage to mobilize business data. With ShareFile, IT teams can simplify data access for end users, automate workflows, and ease collaboration. In addition, users can securely share files and sync files across their devices, increasing productivity. Combined with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Citrix ShareFile provides on-premise EFSS backed by petabyte-scale storage. Red Hat Ceph Storage offers massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage for private cloud environments. By unifying object and block storage in one platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage efficiently and automatically manages the petabytes of data needed to run businesses facing massive data growth.

Many organizations seeking to cut costs are migrating legacy Common Internet File System (CIFS) file shares from traditional storage vendors to elastic, private cloud object storage with Red Hat Ceph Storage. In addition, organizations that adopt OpenStack® to build and support private cloud environments consistently choose Ceph over the next most popular block storage technology.2 Because Ceph is an open, distributed object store, even corporate enterprises not using OpenStack can benefit from the scalable, cost-effective infrastructure that Ceph provides.

Red Hat collaborates with the global open source community to develop new Ceph features, then packages them into predictable, stable, enterprise releases. This unique development model combines the advantage of a large development community with Red Hat’s industry-leading support to offer new storage capabilities and benefits to enterprises.

SECURITY

File collaboration tools must meet corporate governance standards and protect business data. However, solutions must also be easy to use to prevent users from seeking shortcuts or unapproved solutions.

Built for enterprise users, ShareFile incorporates secure IT oversight as a key design principle. It provides several advanced security features to track and monitor sensitive data, including notifications, expiration policies, and file access auditing and reporting. Security policies can be established for employees and third parties. In addition, login requirements can be established to control access to sensitive files. Private storage zones can be established in ShareFile to limit file sharing to specified users who are authenticated in a dual-pass process. ShareFile also offers encryption of files and metadata using an organization’s keys.

ShareFile and Red Hat Ceph Storage both support Active Directory and Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to secure user access for corporate data based on enterprise-wide permissions.

FLEXIBILITY

Citrix offers EFSS as a cloud service, as well as an on-premise solution that lets users choose their server and storage infrastructure. Due to security and governance requirements, as well as latency concerns for cloud file retrieval, many organizations want to keep certain files internal and running on their own private cloud infrastructure. In addition, some corporations may operate divisions in countries with requirements to keep data localized, preventing a move to a fully public cloud solution. ShareFile offers a solution that can meet a company’s unique storage needs.

Red Hat Ceph Storage provides an underlying scale-out object store based on open source technology that offers high flexibility without vendor lock-in. Additionally, all intelligence is hosted in Ceph software-defined storage, letting companies build internal storage pools on industry-standard server components from vendors such as Supermicro, Cisco, Dell, and QCT. This flexibility offers savings through support for migration to cost-effective hardware platform to meet corporate price and performance needs.

For applications that are not converted to Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) application programming interfaces (APIs)—a common format in object storage environments—implementing Citrix ShareFile with scalable object infrastructure offers a familiar file-based data interface.

PRODUCTIVITY

ShareFile lets users securely access and edit data from any location or device. In addition, ShareFile offers extensive integration with existing corporate tools, such as Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint, to extend collaboration. ShareFile also integrates with legacy document and content management tools, such as Documentum, to offer seamless data access without requiring
users to migrate that data into ShareFile.

In addition, ShareFile provides a collaborative workspace where users can securely exchange, track, edit, approve, and e-sign content, as well as create custom workflows to automate feedback and approval processes. As a result, users can work collaboratively while confident that their files
are secure.

1 Schadler, Ted. “Forrester on 2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends.” Forrester Research. February 4, 2013.
2 The OpenStack Foundation. “OpenStack User Survey.” April 2016.