AWS Dropbox Alternative

Turn your Amazon S3 buckets into AWS file sharing services with secure remote access, file synchronization and sharing, aka., Dropbox alternative solution that you privately own and control from within AWS.

Unleash the Power of AWS

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.

Like these features added to your S3 buckets?

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.

SECURE FILE SHARING FEATURES ADDED TO AWS

Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.

Secure Data Room

Web based secure data room allows view-only access to shared folders with download disabled.

User Rights

From internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners, you can define user rights for folder sharing.

Version Control

Shared folders are put under version control and notifications are available for users subscribed to the folders.

MOBILE FILE SHARING FEATURES ADDED TO AWS

Co-Editing

CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring for files inside the shared folder.

Large Folder

Use Outlook integration to share large folder or files as web links via email.

Link Sharing

Convert shared files and shared folders into web links for direct access over web browsers.

Mobile Application

Access shared files and shared folders from mobile devices such as from iPhone or Android phone.

Benefits

AWS + File Sharing  = Productivity and Security in Business!

Simplify User Training

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.

Reduce Costs

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.

Best of Both Worlds

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.

Permission Control

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.

Server in the Cloud

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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AWS Dropbox Alternative

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. 

Remote Access

Combines on-premise file servers and Amazon S3 for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

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.

Mobile Sharing

Uses Amazon S3 storage in the cloud for secure mobile file sharing from a web browser or from mobile applications.

Cloud Migration

Sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and Amazon S3 storage that can be seamlessly converted to AWS only later.

From Amazon S3 to AWS Dropbox Alternative

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.

Amazon File Sharing Features

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.

ON-DEMAND ACCESS

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.

FILE LOCKING

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.

VERSION CONTROL

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.

OFFLINE FILES

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.

RANSOMWARE PROTECTION

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.

RELIABLE TRANSFER

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.

DIFFERENTIAL UPLOAD

For large files that has minor local modifications, binary differential blocks will be calculated and the different blocks will be uploaded instead of the while file to save bandwidth and save time.

ENDPOINT ENCRYPTION

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.

FORENSIC TRACE

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.

Folder Synchronization

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!

Amazon File Sharing with These Folder Sync Features

Synchronization folder is under version control for conflict detection.
CONFLICT DETECTION
Files and folders in the cloud can be reverse synchronized down to local as a local backup.
SYNCHRONIZATION
Version control can be used to resolve conflicts with offline editing mode.
VERSION CONTROL
Local files can be read and modified when the laptop is not connected.
OFFLINE EDITING
File server network shared folders can be backup to private cloud storage accounts.
CLOUD BACKUP
Folders from edge device can be backup to central corporate file servers.
ENDPOINT BACKUP

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