One of the big advantages of Storgrid is that it is easy to install, storage agnostic and does not require any File migration or additional hardware investments. On the contrary, you will make better use of your existing resources. Your authorized workforce can access their data anywhere at any time, while you keep your data safely behind your firewall.
Storgrid is easy to install on your choice of server with or without a hypervisor to virtualize this server. Even the OS is your own choice, because Storgrid is a JAVA based application and it will run on Linux or Windows.
Once the Storgrid server is set up, there are four steps you need to take before your workforce can enjoy the Storgrid functionality:
- User authentication; connect to Active Directory, LDAP or Storgrid internally.
- File storage; connect to your existing file storage including corporate, group and home shares.
- Mail service; connect to your mail system of choice for communication on usage, sharing and collaboration.
- Workforce; connect you workforce by opening up port 443 in combination with your TLS certificate, even self-signed, for secure access anytime, anywhere form any device.
After finalizing your installation, your workforce will receive an email with their credentials and a link to the Storgrid web-client, from where they can download their choice of clients and Apps.
In addition, you can choose where you want the extensive logging report to be stored and if needed, there is an API for further integration possibilities.
Example of Storgrid Architecture in an IT Environment
In our example architecture we used the FlexPod solution from Cisco, VMware and NetApp as our basic converged infrastructure. The data and virtual machines are replicated off-site, using NetApp’s SnapMirror based on consistent SnapShots for high availability and disaster recovery. Storgrid runs on a virtual server installed on Linux. Active Directory is used for user authentication and Microsoft Exchange as mail relay server for messaging. VMware uses NFS on the NetApp Storage system, while Storgrid connects to the existing Cifs shares. F5 hardware balancers are used to scale out. All devices can connect to Storgrid using port 443 on the firewall and SSL certificate.
Storgrid is server, infrastructure and storage agnostic for easy integration and investment protection.
Workflow of Storgrid architecture
The workflow of Storgrid is as pictured. A request is sent from the client to the Apache web-service on the Storgrid server. The request is parsed to the Storgrid Application based on JAVA using Glassfish. The request needs approval from the authentication server before it allows access to its data on the file storage system. The result is subsequently sent back to the device. Based on the request a message is sent by mail, using the mail relay server.