Remote File Server Access

White Paper

Simple remote file server access solution allows businesses to access file server shares from browsers, remote PC, Mac and mobile devices without VPN

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Remote Access Challenge


Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been the traditional answer for secure remote access to network file shares on legacy file servers. But they tend to be difficult to support and manage. Users often have trouble connecting to the file server from mobile devices or complain about other connectivity issues and slow performance. In addition, VPN is also very clumsy to use. First the user had to click on a VPN icon on the device to setup a virtual circuit back to the corporate network, and then locate the file shares, map a network drive and among other steps before accessing files and folders.

Solution Highlights


CentreStack provides a compelling alternative to VPN based access by publishing file shares over HTTPS/SSL and at the same time, providing desktop agents and mobile applications for a complete end-to-end access solution. This makes it really easy for users to remotely access internal file shares while they’re on the go without compromising security. In fact, security is increased because administrators only need to provide access to the specific file shares a user can access. This presents a smaller attack surface to hackers since the entire network need not be exposed to each authorized user.

Remote Access over HTTPS

All the data transfer between client agents on remote devices and the internal file servers are over HTTPS (encrypted by SSL).

Easier Remote Access

Remote access can be using web browsers, mobile applications, mapped drive on PCs and mounted volumes on a Mac.

End Point Protection

The files accessed by remote PC can be encrypted at the end point device for protection.

Fast Data Transfer

There are many data transfer optimizations built into the client agent software, including parallel transfers and binary differential transfers.

Remote File Server Access Feature Highlights


CentreStack eliminates the common drawbacks of remote file server access and file sharing solutions and provides the best of both worlds – the privacy, security and control of legacy file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity gains of cloud file sharing.

Web-Editing

CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring.

Drive Mapping

Users have the familiar drive mapping interface for file access.

Link Sharing

Use web links to share files and folders with recipients or to receive files.

Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure.

File Locking

Distributed file locking and manual check-in and check-out help guarding the file changes

Offline Access

Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.

Use Cases


Cloud migration may seem increasingly inevitable, making it difficult to manage the tensions between productivity benefits and data privacy threats. But CentreStack offers a solution for thought leaders seeking to simplify the way people work without compromising data privacy.

Whether it's private sharing for on-prem and remote workers, external clients, partners or guest users in general, CentreStack has the flexibility to provide a great solution!