Cloud VPN Alternative

Mobilize your workforce for quick and easy file server remote access, web browser based access and mobile access without a VPN. 

Remote File Server Access Without a VPN

Simplify Remote File Server Access Without a VPN

This white paper describes Gladinet Triofox, which can be used by businesses to quickly enable secure remote access and mobile access to file servers without using a VPN and without the synchronizing to external storage services such as Office 365, Dropbox, or Box.

With more and more businesses practicing the CDC's social distancing guidelines during a global pandemic, there is increased interest in faster ways to facilitate work from home without compromising data privacy, security, or compliance. 

Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been the default method of remote file access. However, VPN has many problems. Employees have been looking for a solution that can combine the security of a file server and the ease-of-use of a third-party application like Dropbox into one single end-to-end solution.

VPN is not the ideal solution.

How many times has your support team been overwhelmed by VPN tickets? For most non-technical people, VPN is too complicated. First, you need to establish a connection, which differs from PC and Mac devices. Then, a user needs to understand a file server, network share, and map a drive to a network share. Lastly, this process would need to be repeated with any glitch in the Internet connection, costing company time and money.

Without a solution, employees may often select an unauthorized third-party solution to facilitate productivity and efficiency. However, copying company documents and files onto personal storage drives creates problems with data sprawling and compliance.

Modernizing Windows File Server for Cloud VPN Alternative

Triofox gives on-premise file server new remote web access, file sharing & mobile application capabilities, while retaining the old security safeguards, permission controls and data ownership to allow you sharing files and folders with existing permission!

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Triofox Solution

Triofox adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It is the real cloud file server solution you have been looking for! 

Remote Access

Triofox connects local file servers and the cloud for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

Triofox turns private cloud storage account into 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

Triofox adds secure mobile file sharing from a web browser or from a mobile application.

Cloud Migration

Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly converted to cloud only.

Mapped Drive Power + Web Simplicity + File Server Security.

Triofox is a web server that accepts file requests from client agents over the HTTPS/SSL protocol. These requests are then translated into Active Directory and File Server network share access protected by NTFS permissions. The file is sent back via HTTPS/SSL to the client agents when all permission checks have passed. Triofox uses this approach to combine the power of a mapped drive with the simplicity of web browsing and the security of a file server!

1. Triofox Web Server

Triofox creates a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. Client agents provide drive mapping functionality. 

2. Agents Send File Requests

Client agents send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Triofox server. Triofox server can log the requests for auditing purpose and also coordinate the file access and sharing demands. 

3. Active Directory Integration

Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to check whether the file requests are allowed. After that, file requests are satisfied and returned via HTTPS/SSL to client agents. 

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Simple User Interface

Simple always-on drive letter mapped to your on-premise file server without glitch.

Reduce Costs with a Simple VPN Alternative

Reduces costs with VPN (virtual private network) support. 

Best of Both Worlds

Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity.

Easy Setup

Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from file server. 

Inherit Permissions

Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings with remote access from any device. 

On-Premise Solution

Maintains data privacy by providing the option keep data on-premises in traditional file server shares. 


The Cloud VPN Alternative Benefits!

Triofox eliminates the common drawbacks of traditional file server access and cloud file sharing solutions and combines both strengths with the following benefits.

Guarantee Data Privacy

Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using Triofox to provide access to internal file servers. It’s common to talk about replacing existing file servers with cloud solutions to reduce costs and administrative overhead, and Triofox can facilitate that in any private cloud, but Triofox offers the unique option of using existing file servers data storage to facilitate cloud file sharing!

Secure File Sharing With Clients

Simplify corporate file sharing with familiar interfaces on any computer or device. Windows and Mac desktops display natively mapped drives in Explorer and Finder. That same experience is presented on iOS and Android devices like iPads, iPhones and Pixels or can be viewed from popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer.

Simplify Collaboration

Easily collaborate with business partners by providing them with access to a limited set of internal files or folders. Share files with non-AD users while maintaining administrative controls. Simplify multi-site collaboration with automatic version controls and file locking.

Reduce Costs with a Simple VPN Alternative

Eliminate the overhead and support tickets commonly associated with VPN file sharing, Always On VPN or Direct Access. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money.

Simplify Management

Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared.

Centrally Manage Granular Folder Permissions

For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source. NTFS permissions associated with private data storage will be inherited to continue the protection.

Maintain Compliance

Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. Administrators can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or keep track of any changes that have been made to individual files.

Increase Productivity

Provide an always-on mapped drive that works anywhere on any device and allows mobile users to easily access internal file shares or cloud file servers.

Enhance Data Security

Files are secured at rest and in transit with military grade encryption, secure connections and more. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money.

On-Demand Synchronization

Mapped drives display directory structure but delay downloads until a file is used to reduce bandwidth usage and endpoint storage consumption.

Private File Sharing Solution

From file server storage, to internal Active Directory IT infrastructure and the firewalls protecting access to internal digital assets, enterprise can create a completely private file sharing solution.

On-Premises Alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint

Triofox has the flexibility to provide an on-premises alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint using existing file servers.

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