Amazon Web Services (AWS) include Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Amazon Elastic Load Balancer and many other cloud computing services. It is powerful in that it provides many building blocks to put together a secure file sharing service that you can completely own and control. Unleash the power of Amazon AWS as an enterprise cloud file server with desktop drive mapping remote access, secure file sharing over web browsers, and accompanied by mobile applications on iOS and Android devices.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. In the business world, Amazon S3 is approved for enterprise use while at the same time Dropbox is likely banned. However, as the CIO or the head of the IT team, you wish there is a solution that takes Amazon S3 as its backend core storage service, and adds the following features on top to turn Amazon S3 into an Amazon file sharing service.
Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.
Web based secure data room allows view-only access to shared folders with download disabled.
From internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners, you can define user rights for folder sharing.
Version control can be used to resolve conflicts with offline editing mode.
CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring for files inside the shared folder.
Use Outlook integration to share large folder or files as web links via email.
Convert shared files and shared folders into web links for direct access over web browsers.
Access shared files and shared folders from mobile devices such as from iPhone or Android phone.
Every mobile worker knows local drive mapping to access a centralized file server. A mapped cloud drive to your underlying S3 buckets has the same user experience and saves time and money on user training.
A cloud drive mapping supports on-demand access so laptops with smaller SSD drive can see the full scope of the shared cloud drive without locally storing 100% of the cloud drive content. It doesn't force mobile workers to upgrade their remote devices and save money. Your S3 bucket contents can keep growing and your laptop with SSD can continue to work with the content dynamically.
As the CIO of an enterprise, you are approved to use AWS but you may not be approved to use Dropbox. Now you can combine AWS's robust platform with Dropbox's ease of use and productivity to have an AWS based dropbox alternative solution.
Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from your file servers as they were migrated to AWS.
Amazon S3 buckets with these added file sharing features are like file servers in the cloud. With features like mapped drive, file locking, web browser access and mobile applications from iOS and Android devices, it is the real cloud file server you are looking for.
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A solution that adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to Amazon S3 storage. Mounting Amazon S3 bucket as a network drive is one of the most popular features.
Combines on-premise file servers and Amazon S3 for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.
Leverages Amazon S3 as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.
Uses Amazon S3 storage in the cloud for secure mobile file sharing from a web browser or from mobile applications.
Sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and Amazon S3 storage that can be seamlessly converted to AWS only later.
Amazon S3 is the cloud storage service that has the largest community of technology and consulting cloud services providers (as compared to Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud). There are many S3-integrated solutions for primary storage, backup and restore, archive, and disaster recovery. It is likely you are using Amazon S3 in your business already and you are familiar with the durability and scalability of AWS.
Outside of the corporate firewalls, when you return to your personal life, you are likely familiar with Dropbox too. It is very easy to use and files are always available at your fingertips the moment you need it.
Now imaging all the modern file sharing features mentioned above are added on top of your AWS S3 buckets and turn your Amazon S3 into an Amazon file sharing service just like the Dropbox from end-user's perspective.
Once the client agent software is deployed on users' desktop machine, the mapped cloud drive will show up in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder as if it were a pluggable external drive with the following features.
User will see the files and folders but the files will only be downloaded when it is required, thus the local hard disk can be much smaller than the full scope of the file server content.
Automatic file locking will lock files when users are actively working on them. Manual file locking is also available to check out files and check in files after modification.
For files that are changed, previous revisions of the file were stored away in case they will be useful at later time. Version history and the retention policies are available.
Files and folders that are frequently used can be marked as favorites for offline access. For files marked as offline, they will be pre-feteched into the local cache for later use.
Detect suspicious activity and block ransomware from the endpoint devices. When unusual file modification frequency is detected, protection mechanism will kick in to block out the device.
Unlike VPN connection that may disrupt file transfer when the underlying Internet connection is unstable, extra reliability features were built-in to overcome Internet glitches.
For large files that has minor local modifications, binary differential blocks will be calculated and the different blocks will be uploaded instead of the whole file to save bandwidth and save time.
For files sitting in the local file cache, encryption is available to protect these files that has been downloaded to local cache. Without a successful login, these files will stay encrypt-at-rest and be protected.
Audit traces and file change history logs are available to analyze who, at what time, changed which files on the local machine or moved files and folders from which source to which destination.
As an AWS dropbox alternative solution for businesses, cloud drive mapper and folder synchronization features work hand-in-hand to provide additional business continuity features for business users. Synchronize local "Documents" folder to the corporate cloud file server backed by private Amazon S3 buckets for easy offline editing, and with endpoint backup.
Check out the following folder synchronization features!