Mount Azure Blob Storage as Local Drive

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Mount Azure blob storage as a local drive on Windows and Mac with simplified access from any device.

Migration Strategy for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage

CentreStack offers you a better cloud migration strategy from traditional file servers to Azure storage.
With it, you can synchronize network file shares to Azure cloud storage and then mount Azure blob storage as a local drive to provide mapped drives for simplified remote access.

Challenges with Azure Blob Storage

Microsoft Azure blob storage, for the most part, is designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) to build business solutions, and not for direct use. There are some that are more user friendly, like Azure AD and Azure Virtual Machines, but most are meant to be used via API by ISVs.

CentreStack Solution

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

Secure Access & File Sharing

CentreStack bridges file servers and Azure blob storage for secure remote access and file sharing.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages Azure blob 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 Azure blob storage that can be seamlessly converted to Azure only.

CentreStack Feature Highlights

Map Azure 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 Microsoft Azure blob 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 Microsoft Azure.

Hybrid File Server

Local file server and Azure blob storage synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.

Deployment Option #1

Hybrid Local File Servers with Azure Blob Storage

Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to Azure 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 Azure data center with Azure 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 Azure Blob Storage 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 Azure

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Azure blob 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 with a distributed cloud file system backed by Azure Blob Storage.

Server in the Cloud

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