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Map Amazon S3 as a local drive on Windows and Mac with simplified file access and folder sharing from any device.

Unleash the Power of Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance.

CentreStack offers you a better cloud migration strategy from traditional file servers to Amazon S3.

With CentreStack and Amazon S3 combined, you can synchronize network file shares to Amazon S3 and then mount Amazon S3 as a local drive to provide mapped drives for simplified remote file server access and secure file sharing. You will have a cloud file server built on top of Amazon S3.

Challenges with Amazon S3


Amazon S3, for the most part, is designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) to build business solutions, and not for direct use. There are some other services from Amazon Web Services that are more user friendly, such as Amazon EC2, and Amazon Load Balancers, but most other services are meant to be used via API by ISVs.

Amazon S3 as Cloud File Server


CentreStack adds remote file access and secure file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to Amazon S3. In short, it is a cloud file server built on top of Amazon S3.

Secure Access & File Sharing

CentreStack bridges file servers and Amazon S3 for secure remote access and file sharing.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages Amazon S3 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 Amazon S3 that can be seamlessly converted to AWS only.

CentreStack Feature Highlights


Map S3 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 Amazon S3 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 Amazon S3.

Hybrid File Server

Local file server and Amazon S3 synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.

Deployment Option #1

Hybrid Local File Servers with Amazon S3


Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to S3 over time. Supports Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 (32-bit/64-bit).

If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2).

Deployment Option #2

File Servers with Direct Cloud Access


If you've already migrated local file server data into the AWS data center with AWS EC2 virtual machines, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.

Problems Solved


CentreStack file server integration and enablement installs agent software on your file server or directly mounts your file server's 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.

Most importantly, the active directory security and NTFS permission 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.

File server network shares are synchronized to Amazon S3 to provide a secure access solution for Windows mapped drives, Mac Finder mounted volumes, iOS and Android.

Secure Access and File Sharing

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server to enable remote access. The original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.

Migrate Existing File Shares to AWS

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Amazon S3 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 with a distributed cloud file system backed by Amazon S3.

Server in the Cloud

You can also leverage these features using an existing file server from AWS EC2 Virtual Machines as a private cloud.