You want to migrate a local file server to the Cloud. You are thinking about migrating to SharePoint and OneDrive, but the SharePoint Online limitations hold you back. What are the other options available?
SharePoint Online is a part of the Office 365 offering. The benefits encourage businesses to migrate their file server to SharePoint online, thus saving the cost of maintaining a local file server.
However, there are several limitations you need to know before you start the SharePoint online migration journey. It may not be the right solution for you if you run into these issues.
Are you familiar with these SharePoint Online limitations?
If you are running into file share migration issues with SharePoint Online and OneDrive, other cloud storage services are a better fit for file server migrations. The most notable is Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) and Windows Azure blob storage. If you have a large folder structure and use PhotoShop, InDesign, and AutoCAD applications, using Amazon S3 or Windows Azure blob are better choices.
Do you wish you can pick the final cloud destination for your local file share migration?
Azure Files and Amazon FSx for Windows File Server are two other choices for file share migration. However, these two services often show up in the context of a "Windows workload," which means used by Windows File Servers as a "workload" data repository for Windows applications. These two services are friendly to Windows applications that require an NTFS file system with SMB protocols. However, these two services are not end-user-friendly.
For example, it is not easy to provide a set of user credentials and login to these services, and use them as if they were from an internal file server network share.
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Migrate file shares to the cloud or keep them on-premise! Either way, CentreStack combines Windows security with cloud access, mobile sharing and web-based collaboration features.
Drive Mapping is an essential feature for online file access. It is easy for end-users to access files and folders over the Internet from within a mapped drive with drag and drop capabilities.
File Locking is a vital feature for online file access and team collaboration to eliminate conflicts. End-users need to control global concurrent online access to files by using file locking to maintain consistency.
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Backed by years of file server cloud enhancement with Amazon S3 and Windows Azure blob storage, CentreStack provides a file server-friendly collaboration platform focused on keeping your data private, secure, and under your control. Perhaps more importantly, the user experience is simplified. Good usability prevents the hard temptation for users to subvert any complex security measures to use ad-hoc methods.
Prefer to keep your file shares local? Just want to enable remote access without moving data to the Cloud? CentreStack can do that. This use case is suitable for businesses with pretty good bandwidth and wants to quickly turn on secure remote access, mobile file sharing, and web-based collaboration features.
Migrate existing file shares and permissions to cloud storage. Retire your file server or keep it running as a local gateway with caching for offline access.
After installing CentreStack, the Cloud Server Agent is installed on the local file server. This will automatically synchronize file shares, AD users, and NTFS folder permissions to the CentreStack installation in the cloud.
After login, users automatically get a mapped drive that contains all the shares they have access to, just as if they were on-premise.
CentreStack maintains synchronization with the client file server until it has been retired. It also remains the primary source for permissions and acts as an optional proxy to the local domain controller.
When a user attempts to open a file on the endpoint, it is downloaded from the backend storage configured for CentreStack and cached locally for fast future access.