Remote File Server Access &
Secure File Sharing

Simple remote file server access and secure file sharing solution for mobile workforce to simplify file server remote access from web browsers, remote PCs, Mac and mobile devices without a VPN.

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Remote Access Challenge


VPN is a support headache

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 on internal file servers.

VPN is a help desk headache

Users frequently call in about their VPN issues, making everyone unproductive.

VPN is not user friendly

Users have to understand file servers, network, and mapped drive to work with VPN.

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 when files are in two or more places, over a period of time, It becomes a challenge to understand which file has the latest version and who has the latest version, and whether the latest version is on company file servers.

Email attachment is not efficient

Attach files to emails to do remote file sharing is inefficient.

Dropbox duplicates files

Businesses losing compliance and control when personal accounts are used for remote file sharing.

remote file sharing needs to be done right

The Solution You Are Looking For!

Solution Benefits


CentreStack provides a compelling alternative to VPN based access by publishing file server network shares over HTTPS/SSL and at the same time, providing desktop agents and mobile applications for a complete end-to-end remote access solution. This makes it really easy for mobile workforce to remotely access internal file server network shares without compromising security. In fact, security is increased because administrators only need to provide access to the specific file shares a user can access. This presents a smaller attack surface to hackers since the entire network need not be exposed to each authorized user. Remote file sharing is made easy too because files and folders are served directly from the connected file servers and controlled by Active Directory and NTFS permission, while the sharing can be presented to workers as web links.

Remote Access over HTTPS

All the data transfer between client agents on remote devices and the internal file servers are over HTTPS (encrypted by SSL).

Easier Remote Access

File server remote access can be using web browsers, mobile applications, mapped drive on PCs and mounted volumes on a Mac.

End Point Protection

The files accessed by remote PC can be encrypted at the end point device for protection.

Fast Data Transfer

There are many data transfer optimizations built into the client agent software, including parallel transfers and binary differential transfers.

Always-on Mapped Drive

One weakness of a VPN-based solution is that the mapped drive to internal file server is not always there. CentreStack addressed this usability nicely.

Offline Files

Another weakness of a VPN-based solution is that it requires active connectivity to corporate network. CentreStack introduced offline file support to address this.

Remote File Server Access Feature Highlights


CentreStack eliminates the common drawbacks of remote file server access and remote file sharing solutions and provides the best of both worlds – the privacy, security and control of internal file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity gains of Internet/cloud based remote file sharing.

Web-Editing

CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring.

Drive Mapping

Users have the familiar drive mapping interface for file access.

Link Sharing

Use web links to share files and folders with recipients or to receive files.

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Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure.

File Locking

Distributed file locking and manual check-in and check-out help guarding the file changes

Offline Access

Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.

Remote Access Use Cases


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-prem and remote workers, external clients, partners or guest users in general, CentreStack has the flexibility to provide a great solution!