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Storage isrnessential for the enterprise: Data must be stored. Data must be retrieved. Datarnmust be shared. Data must be secured. At the same time, storage must not consume the entirety of your ITrnbudget. Fortunately, you can find effective solutions in the world of openrnsource.
Outside of costrneffectiveness, one of the biggest benefits of these solutions is the ability tornmodify them to perfectly fit your needs. You can make minor changes or evenrnroll your own storage solution based on one of these tools.
If you wantrnenterprise support and a “solution in a can” that will meet just aboutrnany enterprise storage need, you should turn to Red Hat or SUSE. Both Linux-based companies offerrnsome of the most powerful enterprise-ready tools on the market. But if you’drnrather get your hands dirty and craft something of your own—somethingrnthat won’t demolish your budget—these five open source tools are a great place to start.
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ownCloud is a powerfulrntool, and the sync client allows you to keep multiple folders in sync with yourrndesktop. One feature that should appeal to enterprise clients is the ability tornrecover accidentally deleted files. ownCloud offers a Community edition and an Enterprise edition. In addition to thernlong list of features found in the Community edition, the Enterprise editionrnoffers LDAP/Active Directory support, Single Sign In, Encryption 2.0 support,rnand much more.
File syncing can be paused to avoid data loss (should work needrnto be done on the server), and Pydio lets users share files internally and externally.rnIn addition, it offers the ability to create public “mini-sites” forrnpublishing lists of documents on the internet. It provides an outstanding plug-inrnsystem to extend your solution, as well.
Believe it or not,rnthis solution can be up and running in no time. The block-based storage hasrnpoint-in-time snapshot support with scheduling as well as online volume sizernexpanding. Openfiler features Windows domain controller support as well as built-in Samba support.
FreeNas alsornincludes a powerful reporting tool that keeps track of CPUs, disks, memory,rnnetwork, partition, and system usage.
Uploaded files arerngiven a title and description and can be easily searched using the built-inrnsearch function. Project Send also includes a powerful email template system,rnso you can create company-specific email for notifications like new file byrnuser, new file by client, new client, new user, and password reset.