Azure Storage Services

Quickly setup a cloud file server solution with secure file sharing and remote file access. Mobilize your employees to efficiently work from home.
As more and more businesses move to work-from-home in a time of crisis, employees need reliable and efficient ways to access company file servers and continue to collaborate on files as if they were still in the office.
Azure storage services including Windows Azure Blob and Azure Files are reliable cloud storage services to build a cloud file server solution on top.
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What is Azure Blob Storage

Windows Azure Blob storage is a service for storing large amounts of unstructured data that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via HTTP or HTTPS. A single blob can be hundreds of gigabytes in size, and a single storage account can contain up to 100TB of blobs. Common uses of Blob storage include:
  • Serving images or documents directly to a browser
  • Storing files for distributed access
  • Streaming video and audio
  • Performing secure backup and disaster recovery
  • Storing data for analysis

What Does it Mean to You?

For your business, you would like to take advantage of Microsoft Azure data centers and infrastructure for remote employees working from home, but you don't want to write code to use the raw Azure Storage Service interface. You need to find an application that is already integrated with Azure Storage Service and ready to use.

Using an analogy, Azure storage service is like hard disks in a computer, which is hard to use without the Windows file server software sitting on top of the disks. Gladinet can turn Azure storage services into a cloud file server service by layering software components on top of the underlying azure storage services.

Gladinet's Cloud file server solution includes secure file sharing, remote file access, version control, drive mapping, file locking and data protection. It is a file server application over the Internet.

Microsoft Azure for Cloud File Server

Migrate file servers to Microsoft Azure for remote access, secure file sharing and data protection!
  • Secure Access & File Sharing – Gladinet bridges file servers and Azure for secure remote access and file sharing.
  • Data Protection – Gladinet leverages Azure 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 – Gladinet sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and Azure that can be seamlessly converted to Azure only.

Files and folders over the Internet

Fore remote mobile workers, drive mapping and file locking are the two basic features for accessing files and folders over the Internet.

Gladinet solutions come with desktop agents that can map a network drive to the underlying azure storage services, with file locking feature.

Besides, Gladinet's mapped drive also comes with many advanced features. These features include local file caching, resuming transfer errors and survive Internet glitches, version control and conflict detection, endpoint encryption and protection and other features.

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Cloud File Server Features

A cloud file server comes with remote mapped drive and these advanced features to make it user friendly and pleasant to use over the Internet.
  • Local Caching – Local caching can speed up user's file accessing speed by keeping unchanged files on the local disk.
  • Reliable Transfer – For lengthy file transfers to survive Internet glitches.
  • Endpoint Encryption – Encrypt files sitting in the local cache.
  • Binary Differential – Binary differential upload can speed up upload by detecting portions of the file that is changed.
  • Version Control – Modifications to files are kept as old revisions in case they will be useful in the future.
  • Conflict Detection – When employees go offline and continue to modify files, the source version of the modification is recorded for later comparison.

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