Secure Mobile File Access

Mobilize your workforce with quick and easy secure mobile file access to corporate file servers without a VPN.

Secure Mobile File Access to File Servers

Working from home with mobile file access and be productive

Corporate file servers are typically accessed using a remote desktop (RDP) connection, virtual private network (VPN) or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). These access methods work well enough for desktop users but it is quite cumbersome to start because of the interactive nature. For example, a normal work flow will be clicking on some remote desktop icons or some VPN icon and connecting to the network, and remote desktop to access files and folders on corporate file servers.

For mobile workers, it would be nice for files and folders to follow workers on their mobile phones and laptops so they're readily available when needed. Users therefore have a tendency to turn to Dropbox and other 3rd party mobile file sharing services since they usually work this way.

However, if left unattended, using Dropbox and other 3rd party mobile file sharing services can lead to later problems around data sprawl and compliance issues when files are scattered in different places. With Gladinet, businesses can cloud-enable their file servers for secure remote access and mobile file sharing.

Benefits of a privately owned mobile file server solution

Simple & Fast
Files are cached locally so access feels instant without the cumbersome setup of remote desktops or VPN file sharing. Users get local performance when working remotely.
Seamless Interaction
Legacy applications may continue to use the original file shares which remain unchanged even as Gladinet provides remote and mobile access to the same file shares from any device.
Good Usability
Minimize user training with a mapped drive that works the same on-premises or remotely. Provide a seamless local experience for users across multiple device factors.
Reduce Data Sprawl
Data stays on corporate file servers. Remote and mobile access is governed by existing permissions. File editing and modification always save back to the file's original location.
Enforce Permissions
Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings with mobile access from any device.
Maintain Compliance
Inherits file server compliance and allows admins to run HIPAA or GDPR compliance checks and generate reports demonstrating compliance for mobile file access and collaboration.

Mapped Drive + Web Simplicity + Mobile Access? How??

Gladinet solutions have a web server component that accepts file requests from client agents and mobile applications over the HTTPS/SSL protocol. These requests are then translated into Active Directory and File Server network share access protected by NTFS permissions. The file is sent back via HTTPS/SSL to the client agents when all permission checks have passed. Gladinet uses this approach to combine the power of a mapped drive with the simplicity of web browsing and the handy mobile applications to present a unified files and folders view across multiple device factors!


Web Server Component
Gladinet solution contains a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. Mobile applications present files and folders and related functionality.

Agents Send File Requests
Mobile applications send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Gladinet server. Gladinet server can log the requests for auditing purpose and also coordinate the file access and sharing demands before forwarding requests to file servers.

Active Directory Integration
Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to check whether the file requests are allowed. After that, file requests are satisfied and returned via HTTPS/SSL to client agents such as the mobile applications.

Mobile File Sharing Feature Highlights

Gladinet eliminates the common drawbacks of remote file server access and file sharing solutions and provides the best of both worlds – the security and control of legacy file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity gains of mobile file share.

Gladinet integrates with Office 365 for web-based and mobile app based co-editing and co-authoring.
A drive letter always mapped on your mobile laptop to access files.
Frequently used files and folders can be marked as favorites and saved offline to speed up file accessing time.
Local cache on mobile laptops are encrypted for end-point protection.
Use web links to share files and folders with recipients or to receive files.
Mobile file access is governed by active directory and its related security control.

The Secure Mobile File Access Benefits!

Gladinet eliminates the common drawbacks of traditional file server access and mobile file sharing solutions.

More Benefits
Mobile File Share Access
Easily collaborate with business partners by providing them with mobile access to a limited set of internal files or folders. Share files with non-AD users while maintaining administrative controls. Simplify multi-site collaboration by consolidating multiple file shares for mobile access.
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.
Centrally Manage Granular Folder Permissions
For complete control and visibility, permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively redefined from scratch.
Guarantee Data Privacy
Businesses can address data privacy concerns by using Gladinet 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 Gladinet can facilitate that in any private cloud, but Gladinet offers the unique option of using existing file servers to service mobile 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 cloud file servers and share files and folders over Internet.
Simplify Management
Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each employee. Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared.
Mobile Access to File Servers
Simplify mobile access to file shares 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 Pixels or can be viewed from popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
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.
On-Demand Synchronization
Remotely mapped drives display directory structure but delay downloads until a file is used to reduce bandwidth usage and endpoint storage consumption.
White Labeled File Sharing Solution
Gladinet provides a white labeled platform that makes it easy for partners and customers to build a private cloud file server solution based on infrastructure from Amazon or Azure.
On-Premises Alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint
Gladinet has the flexibility to provide an on-premises alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint using existing file servers.
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.
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