Map Amazon S3 as a local network drive on Windows and Mac. Easy drive letter access to files and folders in Amazon S3 buckets, with web browser interface and mobile applications too!
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Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that provides industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. Because of this, you already have files and folders stored in Amazon S3 and are now looking for a solution that can mount s3 as a drive and provide an easy way to access Amazon S3 buckets from the familiar Windows Explorer or Mac Finder interface.
Amazon S3 is primarily intended for independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop business solutions, not for direct use. There are some other AWS (Amazon Web Services) services that are more user-friendly, such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon Load Balancers, but most other AWS services are intended to be used by ISVs via API (Application Programming Interface).
Amazon S3 has a web interface at aws.amazon.com that allows easy uploading and downloading of files. However, a local S3 drive letter that maps the contents of the S3 bucket to Windows Explorer makes it much easier to use files in S3.
Add Active Directory users to share files and folders within Amazon S3 by turning folders into online shared folders.
Make files and folders that reside in Amazon S3 that follow you and are always available at your fingertips from iOS and Android devices.
Access to shared drives in the workplace is usually based on Windows file server network share and Active Directory, which are widely used components of the corporate infrastructure. But when we are on the road and working from home, would not it be convenient to have shared online work drives? For this reason, you are probably looking for a mapped local S3 drive in the first place.
But at the same time, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive with File Stream are making their way into the enterprise work environment. With a solution that includes a mapped drive, secure web-based cloud file sharing, and a mobile app, Amazon S3 goes from a simple archive storage solution to an always-on cloud file sharing solution.
Triofox provides secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery for on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to Amazon S3 storage. Mapping Amazon S3 buckets as a network drive is one of the most popular features.
Triofox bridges file servers and Amazon S3 storage for secure remote access without using a VPN.
Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to ensure business continuity for on-premises file servers.
Triofox uses Amazon S3 storage for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile app.
Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and Amazon S3 storage that can be seamlessly transitioned to AWS only.
Remotely access Amazon S3 files and folders from a mapped local drive in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder.
Browse folder structures within Amazon S3 without actually downloading files until users create an active intent to use, such as double-clicking a file within the local S3 drive.
When Amazon S3 is used in a team environment, files can be locked to prevent files from being overwritten by team members.
Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.
Retain NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers to Amazon S3.
Local folders on users' desktops or laptops can be synchronized with Amazon S3 for protection.
Files and folders can be accessed and shared via web browsers and integrated with Office 365 for direct web-based editing.
The local S3 drive provides multiple upload and download threads under the hood to increase transfer speeds to S3 buckets.
With a laptop and Amazon S3 drive capability, you can enable your mobile workers to collaborate on files and folders directly from Amazon S3 buckets.
A local S3 drive is much easier to drag and drop files and folders from Windows Explorer. Double-clicking on a file to start editing is also much more productive.
The Amazon S3 drive feature integrates with Active Directory and other IT infrastructures to provide 2-factor authentication and single sign-on protection.
The local S3 mapped drive feature also provides file locking, offline folder support, conflict detection and version control. All of these features are designed to support team collaboration.
The S3 network drive also offers folder synchronization and cloud backup. These features improve business continuity for your work.
There are many solutions that can map a drive letter to Amazon S3. However, in a team environment, the drive mapping function is always considered in a much larger context - the file server interface. This is because, in a team environment, there is an identity service such as Active Directory and also permission control such as NTFS permissions. For example, it's important to be able to log in to an identity service like OneLogin, Azure AD, or Okta once before you see the drive letter that represents the folders a user is allowed to see and edit.
Furthermore, in an enterprise workspace, there is a need to share external files in addition to internal collaboration. A file server interface primarily facilitates internal collaboration. However, external file-sharing capabilities based on Amazon S3 are also useful.