Azure Storage Services

Have you had file sync issues and file conflicts with File Sync and Share solutions?

Would you like to have a centralized storage repository to avoid file syncs and improve data consistency?

With Azure Storage Services, you can quickly set up a centralized cloud file server solution with secure file sharing and remote file access.

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When file sync and share doesn't work

CASE STUDY #1 - When file sync and share doesn't work

File Sync and Share is a good solution for personal users because a single user rarely modifies files on two or more devices at the same time, so conflicts can arise. However, in enterprises with multiple locations and branch offices, file synchronization and sharing poses a problem.

One story we heard was that a potential customer was using Egnyte as a file server solution. An employee changed a file in a branch office. However, that file could not be synchronized with another branch. Unable to synchronize the latest version, another employee used an outdated file for an outbound communication as part of a tender process that later failed. During the post-mortem analysis, the decision was made to try Azure Files as an alternative.

Centralized Cloud File Server Solution

As more companies move to work from home in times of crisis, employees need reliable and efficient ways to access the company's file servers and continue to collaborate on files as if they were still in the office.

Azure storage services such as Windows Azure Blob and Azure Files are reliable cloud storage services to build a cloud file server solution on top.

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 100 TB blobs. Common uses for Azure Blob Storage are:


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


Centralized cloud file server


Low cost cloud storage service

What is Azure Blob Storage

What is Azure Files

Azure Files is a cloud service that provides fully managed file shares using industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) and Network File System (NFS) protocols. The service allows organizations to remove file share infrastructure from on-premises data centers without compromising the user experience. Common uses of Azure Files are:


Serving Windows workload in the Azure Cloud


Replace or supplement on-premises file servers


"Lift and shift" applications


Sync on-prem file server to Azure Files


Disaster Recovery


Centralized cloud file server


Supporting legacy applications

What is Azure Files

Compare 3 different storage services from Microsoft

Comparing SharePoint/OneDrive, Azure Files and Azure Blob Storage services from Microsoft


Strictly speaking, SharePoint and OneDrive are applications, not storage services. They come with a sync agent for Windows. The user interface is no longer traditional drive mapping.

Azure Files

Azure Files provides SMB backward compatibility with existing Windows applications. It also comes with Azure File Sync to synchronize on-prem file servers and provide Active Directory and Azure AD integration services.

Azure Blob

While Azure Files retains the characteristics of a block storage, Azure Blob Storage Service is inherently an object storage. It is well suited for office documents, PDF, and video editing applications.

What Does it Mean to You?

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

In an analogy, Azure Storage Service is like hard disks in a computer that are 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.

You can add the following enterprise file sharing features to your Azure Storage services

With your Active Directory providing the necessary identity service and your Windows file server storing the data, Triofox adds the following features to create a private content collaboration solution!


Make it easier for your teams to collaborate with customers successfully:

Online File Server Feature Highlights

Outlook Integration

Instead of sending files as Outlook attachments, files and folders can be shared as links via Outlook.

Send Large Files

Improve performance for large file transfers by sending only the changes made instead of synchronizing the entire file.

Share Files and Folders

Files and folders can be turned into weblinks and accessed from web browsers or any mobile client.

Receive Files and Folders

Weblinks can be generated for web browser-based upload to receive files and folders.

Advanced Sharing

Policies such as expiration dates and read/write permissions can be attached to file sharing.

Desktop Integration

File-sharing can be as easy as right-click on a file from within Windows Explorer.



Secure Data Room

Shared folders have optional secure data room features to enable view-only permissions that disable downloads.

Granular Folder

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

Domain Control

The destination email domain is one of the white list parameters that control who can receive file-sharing invitations.

IP Address Control

The destination IP Address is another parameter to control who can be the receiver for a file-sharing action.

Files and folders over the Internet

For 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.

In addition, Gladinet's mapped drive has many advanced features. These features include local file caching, transmission error recovery and Internet fault survival, version control and conflict detection, endpoint encryption and protection, and other features.




Integrates with Office365 to take advantage of built-in co-editing features.


Keep track of important changes and events in the system.



Audit Trace and History

Maintain compliance and control by keeping track of all management tasks and activities.

File-Sharing Reports

Keep track of all file-sharing activities. For example, it's easy to see who is sharing what with whom.

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 ensure business continuity for on-premises file servers.

Easy Cloud Migration

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

Microsoft Azure for Cloud File Server

Cloud File Server Features

A cloud file server has a remote mapped drive and these advanced features to make it user-friendly and convenient to use over the Internet.

Local Caching

Local caching can speed up the user's file access by keeping unchanged files on the local disk.

Reliable Transfer

For lengthy file transfers to survive Internet glitches.

Endpoint Encryption

Encrypt files that are in the local cache.

Binary Differential

Binary differential upload can speed up the upload by detecting portions of the file that have been modified.

Version Control

Modifications to files are kept as old revisions in case they are useful in the future.

Conflict Detection

If employees go offline and continue to modify files, the source version of the modification is recorded for later comparison.

Cloud File Server Features

Triofox and Azure Storage Services Combined

Related Use Cases for Azure Storage Services


Azure Web Browser Access

Turn Azure Blob Storage into a web-based solution for secure access and file sharing with send and receive web links!


Map Azure Blob as Local Drive

Map Azure Blob Storage as a local network drive on Windows and Mac, with simplified file access and folder sharing.


Azure on Windows Desktop

Windows cloud drive mapping and folder syncing work hand-in-hand with Azure Blob Storage as storage.


Azure Dropbox Alternative

Turn your Azure Blob Storage buckets into file sharing services with secure file access, sync, and share.


Azure on Mac OS X

Mac OS X cloud drive mapping and folder sync work side by side with Azure Blob Storage as storage.


Azure Blob Mobile Access

Mobilize your workforce with Azure Blob Storage based cloud file server, with file access via mobile device and web browser.


Azure Mobile Access with iOS

Simple solution for secure access and file sharing based on Azure Blob Storage. iOS app and mobile access included!


Azure Android Access

Simple solution for secure access and file sharing based on Azure Blob Storage, with Android application for mobile devices.


Azure as a File Server

Turn Azure Blob Storage into a cloud-based file server solution with mapped drive, file locking, access and file sharing!


File and Folder Share

Share Azure Blob Storage folders over the web and share files online from Azure data centers for your mobile workforce.


Migrate File Server

Migrate your corporate file server to Azure blob storage and set up a hybrid cloud file server with local file server.


Unify Branch Office

Consolidate branch office file servers into a global workspace supported by your Azure Blob Storage containers.

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