Microsoft Azure's cloud computing platform and services, for the most part, are designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) to build business solutions, and not for direct use.
There are some that are more user friendly, like Azure AD and Azure Virtual Machines, but most are meant to be used via API by ISVs.
CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to Microsoft Azure.
Install the CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to Azure over time. Supports Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 (32-bit/64-bit).
If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2). The file server is optional if you have other ways to migrate data to Azure Blob Storage and just want a mapped drive to access the files and folders.
If you've already migrated local file server data into the Azure data center with Azure virtual machines, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.
CentreStack file server integration and enablement solves these problems by installing agent software on your file server or directly mounting your file server network share into CentreStack when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.
More importantly, the active directory and NTFS security model is maintained as if it was never changed. And drive mapping functionality is maintained so end users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations. File locking is also maintained for multiple users collaborating on the same file at the same time.
The end result is that the file server network shares are synchronized into Azure Blob Storage and CentreStack provides a complete access solution from Windows mapped drive, Mac Finder mounted volume to iOS and Android applications to access the Azure Blob Storage securely.
Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server. Once attached, it is accessible online, enabling remote access. At the same time, the original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.
Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Azure blob storage to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.
Create a global name space directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration. It is a distributed file system in the cloud, backed by Azure Blob Storage.
You can also leverage the features above by using the existing file server from Azure Virtual Machines as a private cloud.