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I am in designing phase of a private cloud data-center.  I have solutions for all user accessible resources, but not for file server. We cannot extend file server access with the traditional way of CIFS or NFS. We have to extend my storage to users with HTTPS transport and users should be able to access and manage files with a client plug-in, that  work with Windows explorer. ( Almost same like Skydrive/dropbox) . I think you got my idea.  Here we have to meet the below challenges. Any idea about a solution to meet these
1. Since the transactions, happens through HTTPS, file access may be slow. Can we do something to increase the speed? - A Web Accelerator?
2. All Web packets should  be examined for malicious traffic and virus
3. If a file virus present in user uploaded files, It should not affect by base operating system/Database and other user files- May be I can user linux as base OS/ Store files in SOL database etc


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take a look to citrix netscaler-gateway.
you can publish a cifs share with https.
access is secure an you can reuse your current antivirus and filesystem infrastructure.
Netscaler is a great solution for WEB acceleration also.
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Yeah. Good Option. But Can we meet this - users should be able to access and manage files with a client plug-in, that  work with Windows explorer. ( Almost same like Skydrive/dropbox)
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Also, I already have Netscaler platinum edition. But no Secure Gateway License. Will it work
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no, unfortunately there is no sync mode.
With Dropbox/Skydrive you are able to sync the files - change them offline - and sync the files back.
Netscaler present the Filesystem as link at a webpage (like sharepoint).
If you need offline-sync like dropbox take a look to citrix sharefile (private cloud ... storage zones) http://www.citrix.de/products/sharefile/features/storagezones.html

Licensing... sorry NetScaler Licensing is a nightmare. I can't help you. There are no conclusive feature matrix which license enables which function.
But Platinum licenses should allow the most possible features.
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