Turn Amazon S3 into a cloud-based file server solution with mapped drive, file locking, secure access, and file sharing! It is a file sharing server for both internal collaboration without VPN and external file sharing without the need to email large files!
A private investment firm had file servers on site and ran out of file server space. They deployed AWS S3 File Gateway as an on-site virtual appliance and moved files from the file servers to the File Gateway appliance. So far, 2 TB of the total 8 TB data has been moved to AWS. The main user group in the company that needs to access the file server is the marketing department. Since the pandemic, most of them work from home and use the VPN agent to reconnect to the corporate network and access the S3 File Gateway appliance. They also need to share and receive files from external business partners and customers. On the S3 File Gateway is a mix of Office documents, Adobe Photoshop files, images and videos.
Several issues have arisen since the pandemic. First, everyone at home must set up VPN access to the Windows file-sharing interface provided by the Amazon S3 File Gateway, and VPN is neither easy nor secure to set up at home sites. Second, the company still needs to use a second ad hoc solution to send and receive files from external business partners and customers, as marketing agencies typically share more external files. The company needs a single solution that can support both internal collaboration and external file sharing.
A cloud file server has two aspects. On the one hand, it facilitates internal collaboration without a VPN, offering features such as drive mapping, file locking, Active Directory integration and permission controls. On the other hand, it provides the ability to send and receive files from external business partners and customers via Web links that connect directly to the underlying Amazon S3 buckets.
Provides internal employees working remotely with drive mapping, file locking, Active Directory and permission controls as if they were still working with a VPN but did not actually need a VPN.
In the past, the file server interface was for internal employees, and external file sharing was done with a different tool. If you use Amazon S3 as your file server, you can combine the two sites into one.
Looking for an easier way to access your data in Amazon S3? Maybe you're looking more for a Windows file server with mapped drive, file locking, Active Directory integration, and NTFS permission integration? So what does Triofox offer that makes it interesting? Triofox layers Windows file server-like features like drive mapping and file locking directly on Amazon S3 to turn it into a cloud based file server. You can seamlessly access files from mapped drives, mobile devices, and web browsers - anywhere. You can also easily share files and folders as web links from Outlook or web browsers.
Amazon S3 is primarily for independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop business solutions, not for direct use. It's kind of like a hard drive that's not meant for direct use, but as a building block behind a tool like Windows Explorer or a file-sharing platform like a Windows file server. It's up to the other applications, like Amazon S3 File Gateway and Triofox, to emulate a file server interface on top of Amazon S3.
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Triofox, with its AWS API integration, adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery to on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to Amazon Web Services. For files and folders that you have already migrated to Amazon S3 in other ways, Triofox puts a file server interface above the raw Amazon S3 storage service and turns it into a secure access and file sharing solution.
Triofox bridges file servers and Amazon s3 storage for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.
Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to ensure business continuity.
Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile application.
Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and Amazon S3 storage that can be seamlessly transformed into an AWS-only solution.
"Simple cloud migration- The cloud migration process is simple and tailored to clients' needs. We can take the time to migrate individual users to the cloud over days or weeks rather than requiring everything to be done in one night. What kills in a data migration is rushing through it and with CentreStack we can take our time."
CentreStack provides a mapped drive letter for end users to access Amazon S3 in an easy and seamless way. It is not only suitable for a single user, but also for a team of collaborators working together on a set of shared folders and files.
Remote access to file shares from a drive letter without requiring a VPN. Mobile applications included!
Minimize storage and bandwidth consumption by automatically syncing and caching only the files you need.
Local cache encryption and remote wipe capabilities protect files and folders on remote devices.
Continue editing files in offline mode when you are not connected to the Internet. Reconnect and sync again when the device is back online.
Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure, or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.
Local file server and Amazon S3 storage are synchronized with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.
From internal Active Directory users to external customers and partners, you can define user permissions for folder sharing.
Shared folders are placed under version control and notifications are available to users who have subscribed to the folders.
There are two products that can help. CentreStack installs agent software on your file server for file server integration and cloud enablement, while Triofox directly mounts your file server's network share into Triofox when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.
Most importantly, Active Directory security and the NTFS permission model are maintained as if they had never been changed. Drive mapping functionality is retained so that end users have a familiar mapped drive letter for accessing files from remote locations and Amazon S3. File locking is also maintained for multiple users working on the same file at the same time.
Network shares from file servers are synchronized with Amazon S3 to provide a secure access solution for mapped Windows drives, volumes mounted in the Mac Finder, and iOS and Android apps.
Local file server and Amazon S3 synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.
Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to S3 over time. Supports Windows 2016/2019/2022 (32-bit/64-bit).
Access Amazon S3 or file server network shares directly with Triofox fronting the storage services with HTTPS.
If you have already migrated local file server data to the AWS data center, Triofox provides a solution for direct file access from remote devices and mobile devices.
Amazon S3 is the most widely supported cloud storage service with many technology partners providing S3-integrated solutions for primary storage, backup and restore, archiving, and disaster recovery. With its industry-leading performance, scalability, availability, and durability, it is widely used by enterprises.
CentreStack provides a unique cloud file server solution that integrates Active Directory, NTFS permissions, remote mapped drive and file locking capabilities with Amazon S3 cloud storage services. The end result is a single solution that inherits both the security features of the existing IT infrastructure and the mobility and durability of the cloud (Amazon S3).
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