CentreStack has done several things for us since its implementation. It’s moved us away from dedicated connections such as VPN and Remote Desktop for network access. It’s also moved us away from another network drive sharing program called FileCloud. FileCloud required separate accounts and would not tie into our Active Directory. The FileCloud accounts were only able to access one network folder at a time. So that made it very difficult to use when needing to access several folders.
The first group of self-hosted file sharing solutions includes NextCloud, OwnCloud, and FileCloud. This group of solutions uses a Linux technology stack, including the Apache webserver. Most of them can be installed on a Windows server and work with Windows Infrastructure, but there is a difference between 100% compatible and 99% compatible.
The second group of self-hosted file sharing solutions includes CentreStack and Triofox, based on the Windows web platform. The Windows web platform consists of the Internet Information Server, the active directory, the SMB network shares, and the NTFS permissions. The Windows-based technology stack is 100% compatible with Windows infrastructure in the company.
Since the pandemics, more and more employees are working from home. The remote employees are looking for a more productive way to access corporate file servers without a VPN. There are several reasons for that. VPN doesn't support offline editing, nor does it support HTTP streaming, while at the same time, VPN requires concurrent active connections on the corporate firewall and is generally slow. At the same time, some employees need to share files with external vendors, customers, and other parties. The need for cloud file sharing and remote file server access converge into one solution!
CentreStack makes it simple to share files and folders internally with team members and external partners, clients and vendors, or mobile workers outside of company premises.
You can share the files directly from your file server over the Internet, without waiting for the upload process to finish.
Employees will continue to use the familiar cloud drive mapping and file locking interface, in addition to using web browsers and mobile applications to access internal file servers.
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Creates a mapped drive on the user's desktop without the need to use a VPN.
It provides mobile applications for file and folder access from mobile devices such as iPhone or Android phones.
Lock files-in-use or checking out files for offline access. Either way, file locking is a necessary feature for team collaboration.
Web browser-based file manager is an integral part of the solution. It is responsive, interactive, and straightforward to use.
A familiar mapped drive is always on the remote devices, with offline editing and local caching to compliment remote web access without using a VPN.
CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring for files inside the shared folder.
Use Outlook integration to share large folders or files as web links via email.
Use web links to share files and folders with recipients or to receive files.
Audit trace and file change logs provide centralized auditing and reporting for remote web access and file sharing.
Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.
Web-based secure data room allows view-only access with download disabled.
You can define user rights for folder sharing from internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners.
It is ubiquitous for companies to keep internal file servers for various reasons, including application compatibility to business continuity. It is straightforward to use a file-sharing solution that integrates 100% with the existing file server data storage and the Windows infrastructure protecting the file servers.
When the solution combines different business use cases on one single data platform, your file servers already have a significant usability improvement. Now employees have one place to go for secure remote access and mobile file sharing. Additionally, features like drive mapping, file locking, and offline editing enhance usability further.
CentreStack is for businesses and service providers to deploy or host an on-premises file sharing solution privately. The solution provides an access layer (browser, mobile, desktop, and file server access) on Windows file servers. The platform does this while retaining complete control of data and the related access infrastructure.
Using the Windows web platform as the technology stack for CentreStack, the solution integrates well with the surrounding Windows Infrastructure and Windows components, including Active Directory and NTFS permissions.
CentreStack allows multiple file servers and network shares, including SMB and DFS shares, to be published over HTTPS to the remote workers. Employees can access the file servers without using a VPN with multiple drive letters on their remote devices. The new access methods support offline editing, remote caching, and better remote working performance.
The need for employees to access corporate file servers and some business units need to share files with external parties co-exist. If the two solutions between file-sharing and remote-access are different, the solutions will create separate data silos and, over time, create data-sprawling problems. A single solution is much easier for data management.
Windows administrators are already familiar with Active Directory, NTFS permissions, and the Internet Information Server. When a file-sharing solution and remote-file-access solution leverage the same set of Windows components, the current Windows administrators find it easy to learn and integrate a new solution into the existing Windows Infrastructure.
Administrators can be overwhelmed managing data across file servers, other file-sharing solution's accounts, email and other file access or sharing mechanisms. CentreStack provides a single platform with unified management for all access scenarios.
For complete control and visibility, administrators can manage permissions from the file server that was their source or natively with CentreStack.
CentreStack does not require that all the users exist in Active Directory. Users may right-click to share content with anyone who has an email address.
CentreStack adds cloud backup features to file servers. For file server network shares, optionally, the administrators can migrate them to the cloud.
CentreStack provides a white-labeled platform that makes it easy for businesses to build a corporate-owned and corporate branded file sharing service.
CentreStack provides two levels of file locking and version controls to protect distributed access. Files are locked automatically when online, and users can also do manual check-out when planning to go offline.