Simplify remote file server access and remote file sharing for mobile workforce. A file sharing server enables remote file access from web browsers, remote PCs, Macs and mobile devices, all without the need of a VPN!
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are the traditional solution for secure remote access to network file shares on internal file servers. However, they are typically 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, using VPN is very cumbersome. First, the user had to click a VPN icon on the device to setup a virtual circuit back to the corporate network, and then find the file shares, map a network drive before accessing files and folders.
First, end users need to understand file server, network, mapped drive, and various technical terms. Second, they often call the help desk support for VPN problems.
When Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are difficult to use, users turn to ad hoc ways to share files and folders remotely over the Internet. Email attachments are one of the most popular methods, and using personal Dropbox accounts is another option. However, these ad hoc methods of file sharing over the Internet come with many problems. The first problem is that it is more difficult for businesses to maintain compliance with regulations regarding where files are stored and shared. The second problem is that over time it becomes difficult to find out where the latest version is and who has the correct version.
Email attachments are not efficient and personal Dropbox accounts duplicate files. Over time, data gets spread across different data silos.
At work, we access Windows file servers through mapped shared drives. When we're in the office, our tasks include accessing files and folders through Windows Explorer, on a mapped drive letter, and sharing files with colleagues. These Windows file server shared drives 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 files and are likely to be blocked.
With Triofox, your Windows file servers are empowered with new cloud-style remote file sharing and remote file access capabilities, combined in 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, the experience is the same in the office or on the road with added cloud features.
A solution that adds an iPhone application, a web browser interface, a mapped Windows drive, and a Mac Finder volume to shared drives, and modernizes the Windows file server with cloud capabilities.
Enables on-premise file servers for HTTPS-based secure remote access without the need to use a VPN.
Leverages cloud storage services as backup cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing to ensure business continuity for on-premises file servers.
Adds mobile applications and a web browser interface for secure mobile file sharing directly from corporate file servers.
Sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and cloud storage that can later be seamlessly transitioned to the cloud only.
VPN, FTP and WebDAV have high support ticket counts. Time away from productive work is also a cost.
Sharing large folders over the Internet as email attachments can be cumbersome, problematic and slow.
Avoid the headaches of data sets split between local file servers and online cloud storage such as Dropbox.
Ad hoc file sharing services make it harder for businesses to pass compliance checks.
Modern mobile workforces are used to mobile first with mobile applications and web browser access.
Eliminate threats from decentralized security and the invasion of personal cloud accounts.
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 could be accessed from remote locations without a VPN, while being subject to the same security policies and identity providers as at work?
Let us modernize the Windows file servers we love with modern remote file sharing and remote file access capabilities!
Accountants work with Quickbooks on the company's file servers and close the book for the month. Financial reports are generated and stored in the Reports subfolder on the file server. The CEO is notified and can use his iPhone to view the financial reports directly with remote and mobile file accessing capabilities without the need for a complicated VPN setup.
Real estate agents go to the houses on the market and take pictures of the house with their iPhones and iPads. The images are uploaded to Amazon S3, the company's central media folder. Graphic designers at headquarters use a mapped S3 drive and Photoshop to enhance the house images before the house is listed for sale, with beautiful image presentations.
CAD software such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks that run on the company's file servers and create blueprints and other design-related PDF files in a subfolder on the same file servers. Field engineers with mobile devices such as laptops or iPads can easily access these files from remote locations without having to use VPNs. Some of them work in offline access mode to transfer images and other files back to the company's file servers remotely over HTTPS.
The folder sharing solution extends the reach of the current internal Windows file server to remote locations via HTTPS and web protocols. It is privacy by default.
The internal Windows file server is the data repository for the newly added private folder sharing service. For employees, the files at work are the same files that are available remotely on mobile devices.
The internal Windows file server and the existing IT infrastructure, including the new Triofox server, are owned by the same company, and the files and folders on the file server are private property.
Since the files never leave the current on-premise file servers, it is much easier to pass compliance auditing. The new private file sharing server is the only component that requires additional work.
The same NTFS permissions that were set up to protect the internal Windows file server files are also used to protect the private file sharing service.
Remote access to file shares from a drive letter without requiring a VPN. Cloud replication is optional!
Use Outlook integration to share large folders or files as web links via email.
Triofox offers full file locking support without requiring a VPN, with a familiar file server locking experience.
Triofox integrates with Office 365 to enable web-based co-editing and co-authoring.
Retain NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers over the Internet.
Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke access privileges from a central management console.
Access and share files and folders from web browser file managers without installing a client agent.
Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.
Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using Triofox to access internal file servers. It is common to talk about replacing existing file servers with cloud solutions to reduce costs and administrative overhead, and Triofox can facilitate this in any private cloud, but Triofox offers the unique ability to leverage existing file servers to replace cloud file sharing!
Simplify remote access to file shares with familiar interfaces on any computer or device. Windows and Mac desktops natively display mapped drives in Explorer and Finder. The same experience is presented on iOS and Android devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Pixels, or can be viewed through popular web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer.
Provide an always-on mapped drive that works anywhere, on any device, and allows mobile users to easily access internal file shares or cloud file servers. Windows file server network shares and shared drives can be turned into online shared folders protected by the same security measures as local file servers and managed by the same Active Directory.
Files are protected at rest and in transit with military-grade encryption, secure connections and more. Automatic use of existing users and permissions to save time and money during setup. When files and folders can continue to stay-in-place with the Windows file servers, security parameters are smaller and simpler than online public sharing services and can pass compliance tests more easily.
Easily collaborate with business partners by giving them access to a limited set of internal files or folders. Share files with non-AD users while maintaining administrative control. Simplify multi-site collaboration with automatic version controls and file locking. Mobile workers see the same content in the online shared folder as on an internal mapped drive.
Mapped drives display the directory structure but delay downloads until a file is used to reduce bandwidth usage and endpoint storage consumption. Shared folders and files also have generated web links that allow them to be viewed in a web browser-based file manager. Files are not actively downloaded or displayed (as in a secure data room) until users generate access intentions.
Eliminate the overhead and support tickets typically associated with VPN file sharing, Always On VPN, or Direct Access. Automatically leverage existing users and permissions to save time and money during setup. Internal shared drives have new online folder representations using the Triofox server over HTTPS (SSL) protocols and with RESTful APIs for client agents and mobile apps.
Triofox offers a white-label platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to create a private online file sharing solution based on Amazon, Windows Azure or Google Cloud infrastructure. MSPs can even build the white-label solution within their preferred data center on a per-client basis with per-client branding support.
Centrally manage users, access controls and storage for each tenant. Easily track where data resides, who has access, and how it is shared. There is a central web-based management portal that provides single-pane-of-glass-style management console for managing shared folders and files, as well as other objects in the management scope.
Triofox offers the flexibility to provide an on-premises alternative to Dropbox, OneDrive and SharePoint using existing file servers. You can modernize your file server to match those of public domains from an online file sharing perspective, while the solution retains all the benefits of file server security and data ownership.
For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively with Triofox. Businesses and their employees have accumulated the NTFS permission structure over the years through active use and practice. These NTFS permissions are inherited by Triofox and continue to control access to online folder sharing.
Manage users, access controls, and storage centrally for each tenant. Administrators can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or track all changes to individual files. It's so much easier to pass compliance tests when both Triofox servers and the Windows server IT infrastructure are under your supervision and control.