Migrate File Server to Google

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Migrate your file server to Google cloud with a mapped network drive on Windows and Mac with mobile applications and web browser access!

Migrate File Server to Google Cloud Storage

CentreStack offers business owners and managed service providers a better cloud strategy for file servers on-premises using the Google cloud computing platform and services. With CentreStack, you can immediately add secure remote access with a network mapped drive letter in Windows Explorer, a mounted storage volume on Mac Finder or add mobile access from iOS and Android devices or web browsers. CentreStack can also be setup to synchronize file server shares to Google Cloud Storage buckets for business continuity, mobile access and secure file sharing.

Challenges of Google Cloud

Most of the Google cloud computing services, including Google Cloud Storage, are designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) to build business solutions via Application Programming Interface (API), and not for direct use.

CentreStack Solution

CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to Google.

Secure Access & File Sharing

CentreStack bridges file servers and Google for secure remote access and file sharing.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages Google Cloud Storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.

Easy Cloud Migration

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

CentreStack Feature Highlights

Cloud Mapped Drive

Remotely access file shares from a drive letter, without the need for a VPN. Mobile applications included!

On-Demand Sync

Minimize storage and bandwidth consumption by automatically syncing and caching only the files you need.

Version Control

CentreStack adds version control and file protection from Google Cloud Storage to the local file server.

Folder Permission

Granular folder permissions that can mirror NTFS permissions or start from scratch.

Active Directory

Preserve NTFS permissions and Active Directory (Azure AD) identities when connecting file servers to Google Cloud Storage.

Hybrid File Server

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

Deployment Option #1

Hybrid Local File Servers with Google Cloud Storage Buckets

Install the CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to Google cloud over time. Supports Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019.

If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2). The file server is optional if you have other ways to migrate data to Google Cloud Storage and just want a mapped drive to access the files and folders.

Deployment Option #2

File Servers with Direct Cloud Access

If you've already migrated local file server data into the Google data center with Google compute engine, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.

Problems Solved

CentreStack file server integration and enablement solves these problems by installing agent software on your file server or directly mounting your file server network share into CentreStack when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.

More importantly, the active directory and NTFS security model is maintained as if it was never changed. And drive mapping functionality is maintained so end users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations. File locking is also maintained for multiple users collaborating on the same file at the same time.

The end result is that the file server network shares are synchronized into Google Cloud Storage buckets and CentreStack provides a complete access solution from Windows mapped drive, Mac Finder mounted volume to iOS and Android applications to access the files and folders in Google Cloud Storage securely.

Secure Access and File Sharing

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server. Once attached, it is accessible online, enabling remote access. At the same time, the original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.

Migrate Existing File Shares to Google

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Google Cloud Storage to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.

Global Workspace

Create a global name space directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration. It is a distributed file system in the cloud, backed by Google Cloud Storage.

Server in the Cloud

You can also leverage the features above by using the existing file server from Google cloud.