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Mobile Clients for OpenStack Swift

In the past articles, we covered OpenStack Swift web front-end so you can access through a web browser. We also covered how you can have a desktop client that connects to OpenStack Swift from your PC or Mac desktop.

This article we will discuss mobile clients, such as iOS App, Android App and how they connects to OpenStack Swift.

Two years ago, you saw Gladinet products had direct access capabilities to OpenStack Swift. Direct access gives you file-by-file view of what is in the OpenStack Swift instance. However, direct access also limited the access client’s capability to the OpenStack Swift’s programming interface, such as read/write/delete operations.

As we continue to enhance the products and continue to understand user’s requirements, we saw a gap between the direct access method and what users really want. Users are very familiar with the direct access method, since floppy drive and hard drive. In this sense, the direct access method to cloud storage  doesn’t provide much value when it is compared to direct access local hard drive. Users are asking for new functionalities that cloud storage has but local hard drive doesn’t have.

openstack2_256Users are telling us that they need to have web browser access to their OpenStack Swift instances, with the capability of doing Sync and Share, with the capability of a mapped local drive on PC and on Mac, with the capability of iOS app and Android app access. They wish they can have drop box or box like functionalities that work with their own OpenStack Swift instance.

To satisfy these requirements, we will need to add a layer on top of OpenStack Swift as we called it, the BASIC layer. (Backup, Access, Sync & Share, Identity, Controlled Collaboration). The BASIC layer adds additional programming interface to OpenStack Swift so it does change notification, version control, quota record and other essential functionalities.

This sets the context of our topic, mobile clients for OpenStack Swift , with the BASIC Layer sits in between, providing middleware functionality for sync and share, version and rollback on top of the OpenStack Swift’s read/write/delete interface.

To see this working, you will need to have a Gladinet Team Edition account, with your OpenStack Swift storage account plugged into the Gladinet Team Edition. Below is an example page of plug in your own OpenStack Swift account.

Gladinet Cloud - Setup OpenStack Storage Account - Google Chrome_2012-09-18_10-38-59

After it is setup, you will see your OpenStack Swift file and folder content show up in browser.

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Now you can download the Gladinet iOS App, Gladinet Android App or Playbook App on your mobile device.

You can find the app on Apple App Storage.

 GladinetCloud for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store - Google _2012-10-11_13-43-06

You will also see the app on Google Play Android Market.

Gladinet Cloud - Android Apps on Google Play - Google Chrome_2012-10-11_13-43-48

You can also see the app in Blackberry App World for playbook.

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When the app runs, you will just need to sign in to your Gladinet Team account. After that, you will see your files and folders in OpenStack Swift.

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Click the button below for more information.

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Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.

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