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Cloud File Server


Simplify remote access with cloud file servers and hybrid file servers. Enhance or replace file servers. Increase productivity and security.

Are you looking for a quick-fix that:


Simplifies remote access to file servers and inter-office collaboration?

Reduces costs with simplified migration and retirement of traditional file servers?

Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity?

Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive?

Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings with remote access from any device?

Challenges at Work - Security or Mobility?


Productivity needs force businesses to access local file servers from mobile devices and remote locations, also push file server content towards public file sharing services like Dropbox and OneDrive. But this creates security, privacy and control concerns that force some companies to block these public file sharing services and revert to VPNs (Virtual Private Network) or other traditional methods to protect corporate data.

Unsettled by this tension between employee productivity and data privacy demands, IT administrators must also consider implied directives to:

Mobile Access

Simplify remote access to file servers from mobile devices, PCs, Macs and browsers.

Server Costs

Reduce server replacement costs. Eliminate management costs of servers and VPNs.

Data Sprawl

Avoid the headaches of data sets split between internal file servers and cloud solutions like Dropbox.

Migration Costs

Avoid the cost of manual files and folders replication or recreation of NTFS permissions.

Multiple Offices

Avoid the management headaches of cross site replication and simplify collaboration with remote offices.

Security Threats

Eliminate threats from de-centralized security and personal Dropbox and other 3rd party accounts.

Cloud File Server Highlights


Cloud File Servers based on CentreStack reduce cost and complexity by eliminating on-premises file servers and the management overhead they require while simplifying remote access and collaboration between offices. CentreStack also provides a Cloud Server Agent that can be used to automatically migrate file servers to a cloud-only solution or create a hybrid file server deployment that replicates file shares to the cloud for remote access.

Cloud Mapped Drive

Remotely access file shares from a drive letter, without the need for a VPN. Cloud replication is optional!

On-Demand Sync

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

File Locking

CentreStack provides full support for file locking from the cloud, with a familiar file server locking experience.

Folder Permission

Granular folder permissions that can mirror NTFS permissions or get created natively.

Active Directory

Preserve NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers to the cloud.

End Point Security

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

Use Cases


CentreStack’s ability to utilize standard letter-drive mappings for cloud storage simplifies adoption, access and centralized collaboration. Many other solutions offer savings and productivity boosts from cloud file sharing (e.g. Egnyte and Dropbox) but CentreStack offers the unique ability to create your own cloud-based file server with custom branding while retaining complete control of the storage and servers involved. CentreStack is also unique in its deep integration with NTFS and Active Directory and the ability to create a hybrid cloud file server environment that preserves drive mapping, file locking and familiar permission control user experiences.

Benefits


CentreStack can either install agent software on your file server or directly mount network shares from your file server network share when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage to provide a range of cloud enablement options.

Active Directory security and NTFS permission models are also maintained as if nothing changed, and users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations with distributed file locking to prevent collaboration collisions.

Retire File Servers

Businesses find themselves having to purchase new file servers every few years. These capital expenditures can be eliminated by migrating file shares to the cloud with CentreStack. Users can continue to work on the existing file shares without disruption and the file server can be retired once the migration is completed.

Remote Access and File Sharing

Simplify remote access and file sharing 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 Internet Explorer.

Simplify file shares access

Easily collaborate with business partners by providing them with access to a limited set of internal files or folders. Share files with non-AD users while maintaining administrative controls. Simplify multi-site collaboration with automatic version controls and file locking.

Reduce costs by Replacing VPN

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.

Simplify Management

Eliminate the need to manage servers on-premises by retiring them to the cloud. Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. Easily keep track of where the data is, who has access and how it’s being shared.

Centrally manage permissions

For complete control and visibility, granular permissions can be managed from the file server that was their source, or natively with CentreStack. If the file server is retired, CentreStack becomes the new permissions master.

Maintain Compliance

Centrally manage users, access controls, and storage for each tenant. 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.

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

Enhance Data Security

with military grade encryption, secure connections and more. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money.

On-Demand Synchronization

to reduce bandwidth usage and endpoint storage consumption.

Multi-tenant, white Labeled Solution

CentreStack provides a white labeled platform that makes it easy for MSP partners to build a private cloud file server solution based on infrastructure from Amazon, Azure or Wasabi.

A Private Cloud Alternative

For data privacy, security and control, CentreStack provides a better alternative to Dropbox and SharePoint using any private cloud.