Share Files from Your File Server Over the Internet
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".
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.
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!
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.
Easy-to-use is the key. It means productivity.
8 Benefits of Triofox as a Share Server