Remote File Server Access &
File Sharing Server

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, Mac and mobile devices , all without the need of a VPN!

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.

VPN is a Support Headache
First, end users have to understand file servers, network, mapped drive and various technical terms. Secondly, they frequently call in to help desk support about their VPN issues.

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.

Data Sprawl
Email attachment is not efficient and personal Dropbox accounts duplicate files. Over time, data is splitting among different data silos.
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Mapped Drive over HTTPS!

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.

Remote File Access Problems Solved!

Support Costs

VPN, FTP and WebDAV have high support ticket counts. Time away from productive work is a cost too.
Large File Transfer

Sharing large folders over the Internet as email attachments can be cumbersome, problematic and slow.
Data Sprawl

Avoid the headaches of data sets split between local file servers and online cloud storage such as Dropbox.

It is harder for businesses to pass compliance checks with ad-hoc file sharing services.
Modernize Access

Modern mobile workforces are used to mobile first with mobile applications and web browser access.
Security Threats

Eliminate threats from de-centralized security and the invasion of personal cloud accounts.

From Internal Shared Drives to Remote File Sharing Server

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.

Drive Mapping
Remotely access file shares from a drive letter, without the need for a VPN. Cloud replication is optional!.
Mobile Access
Use Outlook integration to share large folder or files as web links via email.
File Locking
CentreStack provides full support for file locking without the need of a VPN, with a familiar file server locking experience.
Web Editing
CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring.
Active Directory
Preserve NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers over the Internet.
Endpoint Security
Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke access privileges from a central management console.
Web Sharing
Files and folders can be accessed and shared from web browser file managers without any client agent installation.
Offline Folders
Mark frequently used files and folders as favorites for offline access.

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

Remote File Server
File server remote access with drive mapping and without a VPN. Learn more
Mobile Access to Files
Access file servers remotely from mobile phones, iOS or Android. Learn more
Remote File Sharing
Secure remote file sharing with web links from your servers. Learn more

Remote File Sharing Server Benefits!

Cloud-style mobility and local file server security working together in a unified fashion.

Guarantee Data Privacy
Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using CentreStack to provide access to internal file servers. It’s common to talk about replacing existing file servers with cloud solutions to reduce costs and administrative overhead, and CentreStack can facilitate that in any private cloud, but CentreStack offers the unique option of using existing file servers to replace cloud file sharing!
Increase Productivity
Provide an always-on mapped drive that works anywhere on any device and allows mobile users to easily access internal file shares or Windows file servers. Windows file server network shares and shared drive can be turned into online folders guarded by the same security measures as those from on-premise file servers and governed by the same Active Directory.
Simplify File Share Access
Easily collaborate with business partners by providing them with access to a limited set of internal files or folders. Share files with non-AD users while maintaining administrative controls. Simplify multi-site collaboration with automatic version controls and file locking. Mobile workers will see the same content in the online shared folder as if they were from internal mapped drive.
Reduce Costs with a Simple VPN Alternative
Eliminate the overhead and support tickets commonly associated with VPN file sharing, Always On VPN or Direct Access. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money. Internal shared drive, with the help from the CentreStack server, have new online folder representations over HTTPS (SSL) protocols and with RESTful APIs for client agents and mobile applications.
Simplify Management
Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared. There is a centralized web-based management portal that provide single-pane-of-glass-style management console to manage remote folder access and remote file access in addition to managing other objects in the management scope.
Centrally Manage Granular Folder Permissions
For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively with CentreStack. Businesses and their employees accumulate the NTFS permission structure over years of active use and practice. Those NTFS permissions will be inherited by CentreStack and continue to control access to online folder sharing.
Mobile Access to File Servers
Simplify remote access to file servers with familiar interfaces on any computer or device. Windows and Mac desktops display natively mapped drives in Explorer and Finder. That same experience is presented on iOS and Android devices like iPads, iPhones and Android phones or can be viewed from popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer.
Enhance Data Security
Files are secured at rest and in transit with military grade encryption, secure connections and more. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money. When files and folders can continue to stay-in-place with the Windows file servers, the security parameters are smaller and simpler than a public online sharing services and easier to pass compliance tests.
On-Demand Synchronization
Mapped drives display 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 allowing them to be shown in a web browser based file manager. The files will not be actively downloaded or viewed (as in secure-data-room) until users generate access intents.
White Labeled File Sharing Solution
CentreStack provides a white labeled platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to build a private online file sharing solution based on infrastructure from Amazon, Windows Azure or Google Cloud. MSPs can even build the white labeled solution inside their most preferred data center on a per-client basis with per-client branding support.
On-Premises Alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint
CentreStack has the flexibility to provide an on-premises alternative to Dropbox, OneDrive and SharePoint using existing file servers. You can modernize your file server so much that from the online file sharing solution's perspective, it is same as those from public domains, while at the same time, the solution keeps all the file server security and data ownership benefits.
Maintain Compliance
Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. Admins can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or keep track of any changes that have been made to individual files. It is so much easier to pass compliance tests when both the CentreStack servers and the Windows servers IT infrastructure are under your supervision and control.
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