Using Google Cloud Storage as a File Server

Turn Google Cloud Storage 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!

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Google Cloud Storage as a file server in the cloud

What else does a file server in the cloud offer?

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 Google Cloud Storage.

Internal Collaboration

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.

External File Sharing

In the past, the file server interface was for internal employees, and external file sharing was done with a different tool. If you use Google Cloud Storage as your file server, you can combine the two sites into one.

Do More with Google Cloud Storage as a Global File Server

Looking for an easier way to access your data in Google Cloud Storage? 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 Google Cloud Storage 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.

Challenges of Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage 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.

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Triofox Solution

Triofox, with its Google Cloud Storage API integration, adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery to on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to Google Cloud Storage. For files and folders that you have already migrated to Google Cloud Storage in other ways, Triofox puts a file server interface above the raw Google Cloud Storage and turns it into a secure access and file sharing solution.

Remote Access

Triofox bridges file servers and Google Cloud Storage for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

Triofox uses Google Cloud Storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to ensure business continuity.

Mobile Sharing

Triofox uses Google Cloud Storage for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile application.

Cloud Migration

Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and Google Cloud Storage that can be seamlessly transformed into an Google Cloud Storage 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."

Pete Sperling

Principal, Cloud Advisors

Google Cloud Storage as a File Server Highlights

Triofox provides a mapped drive letter for end users to access Google Cloud Storage 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 Google Cloud 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.

Problems Solved with the Following Two Deployment Options

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 Google Cloud Storage. 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 Google Cloud Storage to provide a secure access solution for mapped Windows drives, volumes mounted in the Mac Finder, and iOS and Android apps.

01. Hybrid Local File Servers with Google Cloud Storage

Local file server and Google Cloud Storage synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.

Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to Google Cloud Storage over time. Supports Windows 2016/2019/2022 (32-bit/64-bit).

02. File Servers with Direct Cloud Access

Access Google Cloud Storage 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 Google data center, Triofox provides a solution for direct file access from remote devices and mobile devices.



Google Cloud Storage is the most widely supported cloud storage service with many technology partners providing Google Cloud 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 Google 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 (Google Cloud Storage).

Simplify remote access to file servers from mobile devices, PCs, Macs, and browsers with a mapped drive and without a VPN.


Reduce the cost of replacing servers. Eliminate server and VPN management costs. Create a business continuity solution with Google Cloud.


Avoid the headaches of splitting data sets between internal file servers and cloud solutions like Dropbox or Box.


Avoid the cost of manually replicating files and folders or restoring NTFS permissions. Inherits Active Directory and permissions.


Avoid the management headaches associated with cross-site replication and simplify collaboration with remote offices. Unify data from multiple branch offices with Google Cloud.


Eliminate threats from decentralized security and personal Dropbox and other third-party accounts. Consolidate file structures in Google Cloud.


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