Mapped network drive is the default file accessing method inside a corporate's network. Files and folders are served directly from corporate file servers. Windows desktop machines with group policy setup and active directory security settings have network drives automatically mapped to file server network shares and be available immediately upon a user's login to a Windows workstation.
With cloud storage becoming popular and the access methods extended to remote file access over the Internet, it is also very natural to extend the drive mapping technology from internal network to include cloud storage services and online file access.
Gladinet provides advanced drive mapping technology in its solutions. The mapped drive includes on-demand synchronization, local file caching, endpoint encryption, binary differential uploads, and other optimizations for files and folders to be accessed over the Internet.
Drive mapping and file locking are the two basic features for accessing files and folders over the Internet.
However, WebDAV has these basic features too. For example, WebDAV has been used in the past to map a drive over the Internet but WebDAV is not a good solution. Pretty much everyone used WebDAV knows WebDAV is not for serious use for files over the Internet.
Above and beyond these two basic features, Gladinet's mapped drive also comes with many advanced features. These features include local file caching, resuming transfer errors and survive Internet glitches, version control and conflict detection, endpoint encryption and protection and other features.