Azure Hybrid File Server

We leverage Azure storage services to set up hybrid file servers between the local corporate network and Microsoft Azure for remote file access, secure file sharing, and data protection!

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Use Azure Storage to Empower Remote Workers

There are many ways businesses can take advantage of Microsoft Azure Cloud Platforms. For example, moving file servers to Azure data centers is one way to take advantage of Microsoft global data centers' high bandwidth and high throughput. Another way is to set up Azure File Sync, so on-premise file servers can synchronize with Azure Files so the local Windows workload can move to Azure Cloud.

However, neither way provide remote workers a convenient way to access file servers using web browsers and mobile applications, nor do they provide easy drive mapping and file locking solution like the old on-premise file servers did.

Are you moving file servers to Azure?

A prevalent practice is to move corporate file servers to Azure Compute as-is. The significant benefit is to leverage the advantages provided by Microsoft's global Azure data centers in terms of electric power, bandwidth, and throughput. However, they still need to use a VPN agent on their remote devices to access the file servers for remote workers. These workers are still subject to the weakness of a VPN. For example, these weakness includes offline editing, extensive folder browsing, and large file transfer.

Are you moving file servers to Azure?

Are you looking for these features to add to your Azure file server?

Offline Editing

Offline Editing

The standard way to access file servers in Azure is by using a VPN agent. However, VPN requires an active connection to the file servers and doesn't support offline editing mode. As a result, Internet glitches can disrupt a user's typical workflow.

Big Folder Browsing

Big Folder Browsing

An excellent way to use azure file servers is to map a drive to the file server via a VPN. The frequent request and response message exchange between the local drive and the remote server without local caching makes extensive folder browsing difficult.

Large File Transfer

Large File Transfer

Working on large files is also not easy with a VPN agent to connect to the file server sitting in the cloud. Applications such as PhotoShop or AutoCAD usually produce large files and use many linked files. These applications suffer from slow VPN.

How about Azure File Sync?

Azure File is a cloud storage service that provides Windows File Server compatibility for a Windows workload in the Azure Cloud environment. The benefit of setting up Azure File Sync is that the local file servers' data and content are in sync with the contents in the Azure Files. However, Azure Files is more for Windows workloads in the Azure Cloud and not for remote end-users. For example, setting a mapped drive for individual users to use Azure Files is very cumbersome. For example, web browser-based access is not easy, weblink based file sharing is missing and mobile application to access azure files is hard to setup.

How about Azure File Sync?

Do you wish Azure Files is more end-user friendly with the following features?

Web Browser Access

Web Browser Access

Azure files provide a drive mapping interface to connect to the azure files service. However, if an end-user wants to access files and folders from a web browser, like how they would generally access OneDrive and SharePoint files, it is not easy with Azure Files.

Online File Sharing

Online File Sharing

Remote workers are familiar with online file sharing features provided by OneDrive and SharePoint services. Azure Files has no similar functionality because Azure files are more designed for Windows workload (like virtual machines) in the Azure environment.

Mobile Application

Mobile Application

End-users are familiar with mobile applications that come with OneDrive and SharePoint. Some third-party applications provide SMB/CIFS-based file server connectivity from mobile devices. However, the SMB interface is cumbersome for end-users.

Why do you need CentreStack?

CentreStack offers business owners and managed service providers a better cloud strategy for on-premise file servers using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform and services. With CentreStack, you can immediately add mobile access, secure file sharing, disaster prevention, and recovery to your file servers on-premises. Still, these features do not depend on rapid cloud migration, which can be delayed indefinitely or completed at a comfortable pace.

Hybrid Cloud File Server

Take advantage of cloud efficiency and cloud mobility doesn't mean you have to live with SharePoint limitations.

With Gladinet solutions, you can either cloud-enable existing file servers AS-IS or use Windows Azure to set up a hybrid cloud file server environment with your current file servers. Either way, there are no limitations.

Mapped Drive

Mapped drive over the HTTPS channel to the corporate file server is a crucial feature. Employees are familiar with a mapped drive, and no additional training is required.

Active Directory

Corporate users already have corporate identities in Active Directory and related Active Directory federation service and SAML single-sign-on. They don't need yet another set of credentials to access a file-sharing solution.

File Locking

Most of the file-sharing solutions offer manual file locking in the forms of "file check-in" and "check out." Gladinet provides automatic file locking by detecting file opening requests. When Microsoft Word opens a file, the file locking process will be initiated automatically and finished automatically when the file editing finishes.

File Permissions

Finally, integrating with Active Directory and NTFS permission makes it so much easier for system administrators to set up the permission control. The permission features make the Gladinet solution stands out among its peers.

Using Azure as a Hybrid File Server

CentreStack, with the Azure blob storage API integration, adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention, and recovery to file server on-premises with easy cloud migration to Azure Cloud under the hood.


CentreStack combines file servers and Azure Storage for secure remote access and mobile file sharing.


CentreStack leverages Azure as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history, and audit tracing.


CentreStack sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and azure storage so to enable seamless migration.

Why not just migrate to SharePoint?

CentreStack features are good, but Why not SharePoint?

CentreStack adds secure file-sharing and remote file access capabilities by leveraging Azure storage services (including Azure blob storage and Azure file service). At the same time, it has tight integration with on-premise file servers as well. As a result, CentreStack enables files and folders to flow between on-premise file servers and Azure cloud and turns into an Internet-facing hybrid file server solution and a secure file sharing solution.

Are you familiar with these SharePoint Online limitations?

  • 5,000 item - When you have a large number of items in a document library, the performance degrades to the point that it becomes unusable.
  • 300,000 item - This is the limit on the number of documents users can sync using the OneDrive sync client. Performance starts to degrade.
  • 400 Character URL Limit - The URL path for all files and folders must be 400 characters or less (and no more than 400 characters for any single file or folder name in the URL).
Like these features added to your Wasabi Hot Storage?

Map Cloud Drive

Remotely access files in cloud storage from a mapped drive letter without the need for a VPN. Mobile applications included!

On-Demand Synchronization

Minimize storage and bandwidth consumption by automatically syncing and caching only the files you need.

Endpoint Protection

Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke remote agent access privileges from a central management console.

Offline Access

Access shared files and shared folders in an offline mode detached from the Internet and synchronize when back online.

Like these features added to your Wasabi Hot Storage?

Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.

Secure Data Room

Web-based secure data room allows view-only access to shared folders with download disabled.

Active Directory

From internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners, you can define user rights for folder sharing.

Version Control

CentreStack adds version control and file protection from cloud storage to the local file server.

Deployment Option #1

Hybrid Local File Servers with Azure storage services

CentreStack File Server Agent installed on the file server that will migrate to Azure cloud over time. Supports Windows 2016/2019/2022 (32-bit/64-bit).

If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2). The file server is optional if you have other ways to migrate data to Azure and want a simple locally mapped drive to access the files and folders via a familiar Windows Explorer interface.

Hybrid File Servers

Deployment Option #2

File Servers with Direct Cloud Access

Suppose you've already migrated local file server data into the Azure data center with Azure compute virtual machines. In that case, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.

File Server as the Cloud

Additional Benefits of CentreStack

CentreStack file server integration and enablement solves these problems by installing agent software on your file server or directly mounting your file server network share into CentreStack when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.

The active directory security and NTFS permission model is most importantly maintained as if it was never changed. And drive mapping functionality is kept, so end users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations. File locking is also maintained for multiple users collaborating on the same file at the same time.

The result is that the file server network shares are synchronized into Azure, and CentreStack provides a complete access solution from Windows mapped drive; Mac Finder mounted volume; iOS and Android applications; and access the Azure storage securely.

Enhance Data Security

CentreStack includes military-grade endpoint encryption to protect files sitting on remote devices, in addition to data-in-transit encryption for file transfer and data-at-rest encryption for data storage.

Maintain Existing Permissions

It takes years for businesses to develop the current permission structure that safeguards files and folders in local file servers. CentreStack maintains the existing NTFS permissions and safeguards.

Retain Data Ownership

Businesses can offer a file sharing and mobile access solution to their employees while owning and controlling everything from the back-end storage services to the front-end mobile applications.

Maintain Compliance

Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage. Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it's being shared. Admins can perform audits of GDPR and HIPAA compliance or keep track of any changes that have been made to individual files.

Central Repository

CentreStack gives businesses a central file repository that they own and can consolidate file servers into a centralized cloud file server instead of allowing files to scatter and leak to 3rd party services.

Central Control

Integrate natively with Active Directory, so user identities and file accesses are centrally controlled as before.

Deployment Flexibility

CentreStack has the flexibility to be deployed on-premises, in Azure data centers, or any data center around the world that is the closest to your business.

White Labeled File Sharing

CentreStack provides a white-labeled platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to build a private cloud file server solution.

Secure Access & File Sharing

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server. Once attached, it is accessible online, enabling remote access. At the same time, the original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.

Migrate Existing File Shares to Azure Storage

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Azure to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.

Global Workspace

Create a global namespace directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling multi-site collaboration. It is a distributed file system in the cloud, backed by Azure cloud.

Server In the Cloud

You can also leverage the features above using the existing file server from Azure Compute virtual machines as a private cloud.

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