VPN vs. Mapped Drive over HTTPS ??
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been the traditional answer for secure remote access to network file shares on internal file servers. But they tend to be difficult to support and manage. Users often have trouble connecting to the file server from mobile devices or complain about other connectivity issues and slow performance. In addition, VPN is also very clumsy to use. First the user had to click on a VPN icon on the device to setup a virtual circuit back to the corporate network, and then locate the file shares, map a network drive before accessing files and folders.
When Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are hard to use, users turn to ad-hoc ways to share files and folders over the Internet remotely. Email attachments are one of the most popular way and using personal Dropbox accounts is another way. However these ad-hoc ways of doing remote file sharing create many problems. First problem is that it is harder for businesses to maintain compliance to regulations regarding where the files are stored and shared. Second problem is that, over a period of time, it becomes a challenge to understand where is the latest version and whether the company has the right version.
At work we access Windows file servers from mapped shared drives. When we're in the office our tasks include accessing files and folders from Windows explorer, on a mapped drive letter and sharing files with co-workers. These shared drives from the Windows file server are reliable and productive.
But when we leave the office, it's not so easy. The VPN is slow, problematic and unreliable. FTP and WebDav are no help and even worse than a VPN. Email attachments generate large zip file and are likely to get blocked.
With CentreStack, your Windows file servers are empowered with new cloud-style remote file sharing and remote file access capabilities combined into an easy to use mapped drive connected over HTTPS (SSL protocol). As a result, your mobile workforce will enjoy modern remote file access powered by on-premise file server security and its shared drives. In other words, their experience is the same in the office or away with added cloud features.
Most businesses leverage Windows Server IT infrastructure with Windows file server network shares and Active Directory. At work, we access shared drives. But when we become road warriors or work-from-home employees, how convenient would it be if the shared drives at work continue to work from remote locations without a VPN while still governed by the same security principles and identity providers from work?
Let's add modern remote file sharing and remote file access capabilities to modernize the Windows file servers we love!
Remote File Access Highlights
CentreStack combines the security strengths of local Windows file servers and the mobility strengths from online file sharing solutions to provide the best of both worlds – security and control of local file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity gains of online file sharing over the Internet.
Cloud migration may seem increasingly inevitable, making it difficult to manage the tensions between productivity benefits and data privacy threats. But CentreStack offers a solution for thought leaders seeking to simplify the way people work without compromising data privacy.
Whether it's private sharing for on-premise and remote workers, external clients, partners or guest users in general, CentreStack has the flexibility to provide a great solution!
Cloud-style mobility and local file server security working together in a unified fashion.