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This white paper describes CentreStack File Server Agent (File Server Agent) which can be used by businesses to enable remote users an easy access to head quarter file server and also provide an online backup solution to file server.

Problem Statement

You have a file server in the head quarter that employees access through traditional Microsoft Network. For remote users, they may access the file server through VPN from remote offices. It is cumbersome for the remote users. At the same time, you are also looking to backup file server folders and searching for an all-in-one backup and access online storage solution, similar to the popular dropbox service.

You want the head-quarter employees to continue to access the file server the old way, without any interruption or change of behavior. You want the file server contents replicated to a cloud storage service and allowing remote users easier access to the same file server contents. You also like the contents between the file server and the cloud storage service sync up to each other. You would also like to preserve file locking features when users collaborate in the same file server share over the cloud.

CentreStack Solution

CentreStack solves the problems by combining file synchronization solution and drive mapping solutions together. File servers from different locations can contribute folders to a global distributed file system namespace in cloud storage, inside user's account. The global distributed file system namespace can be accessed from web browser, desktop PC , mobile devices or other file server. The file synchronization solves the problem for local user and remote users to access file server. The drive mapping solution solves the problem of accessing and file locking.


Online Backup File Server Folders will be synchronized to a cloud storage service. The changes will be under version control, making it easy to revert to previous versions.
VPN Replacement Remote users can access the file server contents directly from cloud storage service. It greatly improves the performance and greatly improves usability, thus improves productivity.
Mobile Access Not only can employees access the file server through traditional Microsoft Network, they can also access the same file server content through iOS/Android/Windows Phone/Windows RT mobile devices.

Implementation #1

The first implementation has the CentreStack running on www.gladinet.com with default Gladinet storage. The CentreStack File Server Agent will be installed on the file server that has folders to share. You can get online access to file server folders once you attach a folder from the file server to your CentreStack account.

Implementation #2

The second implementation will have CentreStack running on-premise. You can have web browser access to file server folders in the LAN environment. If you put the CentreStack in the DMZ zone, you can also enable secure online access across the Internet.


Traditionally, you only have CIFS/SMB drive mapping access to file server. With VPN, you can extend the access to remote locations. With CentreStack File Server Agent, you can have any device, anywhere secure access without VPN, which makes employees more productive and focus more on running the business and focus less on the access methods like IPSEC/VPN.

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