Windows File Server Online Sharing

Business Continuity, Data Protection and Automatic Cloud Migration

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Eliminate traditional file server management and replacement costs with an Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure based online file server that simplifies remote and mobile access.

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The Challenges Without Online File Servers


Local file server access is fast, secure and easy when you're on the Local Area Network (LAN), but remote access and access from mobile devices has always been a challenge. It's no surprise then that when it's time to purchase a new file server, many businesses are looking for online file servers to eliminate file server management and replacement costs, simplifying access for mobile devices and eliminating the headaches commonly associate with remote access using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). There's also the added benefit of online file sharing which beats the hit or miss approach of sharing files as email attachments which are often too large with limited or non-existent security and control.

CentreStack Solution


CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3. With CentreStack file server agent software on the Windows file server, the server file shares can be synchronized with cloud storage services. Once the bi-directional replication is setup, file sharing features such as sharing file as web links, co-editing with files inside web browser and other features can be layered on top of the cloud storage services, thus enabling Windows file server online sharing.

Secure Access & File Sharing

CentreStack bridges file servers and cloud storage for secure remote access and file sharing.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages cloud storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.

Easy Cloud Migration

CentreStack sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly converted to Azure only.

Online Sharing Feature Highlights


Cloud Mapped Drive

Remotely access file shares from a drive letter without the need for a VPN. Mobile applications included!

On-Demand Sync

Minimize storage and bandwidth consumption by automatically syncing and caching only the files you need.

Version Control

CentreStack adds version control and file protection from Microsoft Azure to the local file server.

Web Link Sharing

Share files and folders as web links, with permission control, expiration date and secure data room.

Outlook Integration

Send files and folders as web links directly from within Outlook application.

Hybrid File Server

Local file server and cloud storage synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.

Deployment Option

Hybrid Local File Servers with Cloud Storage


Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate local file shares to cloud storage over time.

The file shares can stay with the file server for as long as the business requires it to stay. The local file shares is synchronizing with cloud storage to facilitate online file sharing.

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Problems Solved


CentreStack file server integration and enablement installs agent software on your file server. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.

Most importantly, the active directory security and NTFS permission 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.

File server network shares are synchronized to Cloud Storage to provide a secure access solution for Windows mapped drives, Mac Finder mounted volumes, iOS and Android.

Secure Access and File Sharing

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server to enable remote access. The original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.

Migrate Existing File Shares to Cloud

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to cloud storage to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.

Global Workspace

Create a global name space directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration with a distributed cloud file system backed by cloud Storage.

Server in the Cloud

When you don't need the local Windows file server anymore, you can retire local Windows file server and go cloud-only.