File Server Over the Internet

Easily turn your local file server into an Internet file share server. Share files online with existing Active Directory users and retain permission control.

Share Files from Your File Server Over the Internet

Mobile workforce need to have files available at the fingertip

This white paper describes Gladinet Triofox which can be used by businesses to quickly enable secure remote access and secure file sharing to local file servers without using a VPN. Nor does it need to wait for the lengthy copying or synchronization to external storage services such as Office 365, Dropbox, or Box.

When more and more businesses practice social distancing at times of a global pandemics, We're certainly seeing a lot more interest in faster ways to facilitate work from home use cases without compromising data privacy, security or compliance.

Whether it be employees working-from-home and share files over the Internet internally, or marketing team sharing marketing collateral and creative work with sales team, Triofox will quickly enable your mobile workforce to share files efficiently and securely over the Internet.

Triofox mobilizes your local file server and turns it into a company-wide "web file server" or a corporate-wide "share server".

Turn Local File Server into Internet File Share Server

Mobile workforce such as your sales team that need to go out to visit customers. The marketing department is creating sales collateral and marketing materials back in the office and save them to on-premise local file servers. The sales team is out there in the field showing the white paper, solution brief and data sheets to customers, and also collecting customer requirements that need to save back to the central file servers. Your sales team and your marketing team need a file sharing solution based on your on-premise file server.

In short, your employees built work flows collaborating on local file servers. Some applications such as Adobe creative cloud, AutoCAD or other line-of-business applications need to work on the file servers. You depend on your file servers for daily work and you will be better off turning those file servers into file sharing servers for mobile workforce and on-premise workers.

Web Simplicity + Cloud Share + File Server Security? How??

Triofox is a web server that accepts file requests from client agents 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. Triofox uses this approach to combine the power of cloud file sharing with the simplicity of web browsing and the security of a local file server!


Triofox Web Server
Triofox creates a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. Client agents provide drive mapping functionality.

Agents Send File Requests
Client agents send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Triofox server. Triofox server can log the requests for auditing purpose and also coordinate the file access and sharing demands.

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.

Wait, I already have a VPN, why do I need this ?

VPN is not a good solution. It costs you productivity.

How many times, your support team complaint about VPN tickets? Frankly, VPN is too complicated for most non-technical people. First you need to establish VPN connections, and the ways to establish VPN connections are different from PC devices to Mac to mobile devices. Secondly, a user needs to understand the concept of a file server, a network share and map a drive to a network share. Last, any glitch in the Internet and the underlying network breaks the VPN connection and then a user will need to start over again or calls into the support line for help, costing company time and money.

Without a good solution, employees may select on their own un-authorized ways to be more productive. For example, employees may select to copy files into a personal Dropbox because it is so much easier to use, which creates other problems such as data sprawling and compliance issues later.

VPN is a headache for everyone

Easy-to-use is the key. It means productivity.

Simple User Interface
Simple always-on drive letter mapped to your on-premise file server without glitch.
Reduce Costs
Reduces costs with VPN (virtual private network) support.
Best of Both Worlds
Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity?
Easy Setup
Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from file server.
Inherit Permissions
Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings with remote access from any device.
On-Premise Solution
Maintains data privacy by providing the option keep data on-premises in traditional file server shares.

8 Benefits of Triofox as a Share Server

Share Large Folder
Turn existing file server folders into web links for online sharing.
Web and Mobile Sharing
Access files and folders over web browsers and via mobile devices.
Simple Remote Access
Simplified remote access from iOS/AndroidPC/Mac/ mobile devices. At any location, with any device.
Seamless Integration
Seamlessly integrates into current file-based enterprise networks and work-flow environments.
full support for file locking from the cloud. Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke remote agent access privileges from a central management console.
Centralized Control
Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings. Advanced reports and usage audits on file-sharing activity from a centralized management console.
Maintain Data Ownership
Files and folders stay with existing file servers and stay within the protection of existing IT infrastructure.
Reduce Data Sprawl
Existing file servers continue to be the central data repository and avoid splitting dat into internal-facing and external-facing silos.
Help employees boost mobile productivity and work from home today!