Want to speed up your projects with a Strong Digital Foundation?

Is limited network access affecting your jobsite productivity?
Are you tired of wasting time waiting for files to sync with the cloud?
Do you need to control access rights for sensitive data?
Need to simplify change management for multiple projects?
There is a solution!

Story #1: How do you solve the problem of mobile access to file servers?

A construction company has 16 TB of data on its file servers. The size of the data limited the options for cloud migration. Employees and field technicians used VPN to access the file server, but the VPN was not compatible with iPads. iPads are an essential part of the workflow. They are used to take photos of job sites. Engineers on site also use the Bluebeam application on the iPad to render CAD drawings. So the current digital foundation on the Windows file server did not support the mobility requirements, and they were looking for a cloud solution that would allow mobile workers on the iPads while providing application compatibility on the file server with a huge amount of data.

Story #2: Reduce VPN security risk.

An oilfield services company migrated file servers to Azure as part of a "lift-and-shift" strategy to move on-site file servers to Azure data centers. Mobile workers currently use a Site 2 Point VPN to connect to file servers for remote and mobile access. However, as more employees have joined the remote workforce, the CIO is concerned about the security risks posed by the VPN service and wants an alternative way to remotely access file servers without a VPN.

Remote work challenges for CIOs

The modern workforce is becoming increasingly mobile. In the construction industry, there are mobile workers. And moreover, more and more employees are working from home. However, working on the road is not without its challenges. Are you familiar with the following issues?

  1. VPN ISSUES - Have you spent many hours troubleshooting VPN connections?
  2. MOBILE DEMAND - Have employees who work from home required mobile and web browser file access?
  3. DATA SPRAWL - Did you have two or more data stores to maintain, but they were out of control?
  4. IMPLEMENTATION - Have lengthy cloud migrations, additional user training and compliance regulations held you back?

How to empower remote and mobile workers?

Offline Editing

A traditional VPN requires a stable and active connection to the corporate firewall to function. A disruption in the Internet or an interrupted connection to the firewall interrupts employees' work with unsaved files. With offline editing, remote workers can save and edit documents without an active connection and save the files asynchronously to a corporate file server once the connection is restored.

Always On

A firewall vendor typically offers VPN without an always-on feature. Always-on VPN requires more infrastructure components such as identity servers, authentication servers, compatible clients OS, etc. However, most modern cloud applications are always-on, allowing offline access to files and folders and storing files on a local device before synchronizing them with online servers.

High Performance

Accessing file servers is hardly high-performance, because when a VPN serves as an enabler, file access is done via the SMB/CIFS protocol. First of all, the SMB protocol is not a data streaming protocol with many requests and responses. If we can switch to HTTP streaming for file transfer, performance will improve. Second, HTTP-based file transfer traffic can take advantage of a global content delivery network, so HTTP is faster for cross-continent transfer.

Different Options for a Digital Foundations

There are many different options for your data and storage, as shown below. Most likely, your files and folders are stored in one of the following six locations. Perhaps you started with a local Windows File Server or local NetApp device and later migrated to a VMWare environment or migrated the workload to AWS or Azure in a lift-and-shift fashion. You may also be in the process of considering SharePoint, Box or ShareFile, or you may be using Amazon S3 or Azure Blob Storage directly. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. How should you decide?

SharePoint & OneDrive

Other Cloud Storage Services

Amazon S3 & Azure Blob

Existing File Servers

VMWare & Storage

Azure VM & AWS EC2

Storage Options Comparison

Here are the six most popular storage platforms
Application Compatibility: Is the Digital Platform compatible with Office, Adobe Creative and AutoCAD?
Web & Mobility: Does the Digital Platform offer web and mobile applications?
VPN Required: Does the Digital Platform require a VPN for remote file access?
Backup & Restore: Does the Digital Platform have built-in backup and restore capabilities and are they easy to use?

Name

Application Compatibility

Web & Mobility

VPN Required?

Backup & Recovery

Existing File Server

Excellent

Poor

Yes

Fair

VMWare & Storage

Excellent

Poor

Yes

Good

Azure VM & AWS EC2

Excellent

Poor

Yes

Excellent

SharePoint & OneDrive

Fair

Excellent

No

Fair

Other Cloud Storage

Poor

Excellent

No

Fair

S3 & Azure Blob

Good

Excellent

No

Excellent

What does a strong digital foundation look like?

From the above comparison, you can see that almost every single solution is excellent in some areas, but none is perfect in all areas. The table above shows that VMWare, Azure and AWS virtualized file server infrastructure is excellent in several areas. If they can improve the Web & Mobility category, they can be excellent in all categories. So in search of a robust digital foundation, look for a Web & Mobility enabler solution for your File Servers!

File Server Web & Mobility Enabler

Triofox Solution

With the Gladinet Triofox solution, the cloud file access solution is interoperable with existing file server network shares and provides offline folder capabilities. It includes integration with Active Directory, cloud drive mapping, global file locking and NTFS permission control. These native integrations make the file sharing solution an extension of the current file server rather than another data silo that takes away data.

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 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 easier for system administrators to set up the permission control. The permission features make the Gladinet solution stands out among its peers.

MODERN FEATURES

Triofox has the features you need!

Here are the most frequently mentioned functions for Triofox users. These standard features help you access files remotely without using a VPN and help you share files with external parties.

Drive Mapping

You use a drive letter or multiple drive letters to represent files in different business units. The drive mapping feature makes sure the external references in the files are preserved.

File Locking

You are using CAD software, Adobe Creative Suite, or any other software applications requiring an atomic update to a group of files. File locking is an essential feature to protect file updates.

Permissions

You use Active Directory and NTFS permissions to protect your files and folders and use them to protect multiple project folders under your control. It would help if you had the continuity of folder permissions..

File Server

You are using Windows file servers or local NAS devices for your data. You need to enable remote file access to your file server network shares with or without data migration.

File Sharing

You need to share files and folders with internal employees and external parties. You want to do the file sharing and folder sharing with web links with controllable parameters.

No VPN Required!

You don't want to use the corporate VPN anymore and are looking for a way to remove the dependency of the VPN for remote file access. Both products satisfy your need.

Can I have a SharePoint-like interface for my file servers?

Productivity

Make it easier for your teams to successfully collaborate with customers:

Outlook Integration

Instead of sending files as Outlook attachments, files and folders can be shared as links via Outlook.

Send Large Files

Enhance large file transfers' performance by only sending the changes that were made instead of synchronizing the entire file.

Share Files and Folders

Files and folders can be turned into weblinks and accessed from web browsers or any mobile client.

Receive Files and Folders

Weblinks can be generated for web browser-based upload to receive files and folders.

Advanced Sharing

Policies such as expiration dates and read/write permissions can be attached to file sharing.

Desktop Integration

File-sharing can be as easy as right-click on a file from within Windows Explorer.

Security

Secure Data Room

Shared folders have optional secure data room features to enable view-only permissions that disable downloads.

Granular Folder

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure.

Domain Control

The destination email domain is one of the white list parameters that control who can receive file-sharing invitations.

IP Address Control

The destination IP Address is another parameter to control who can be the receiver for a file-sharing action.

Collaboration

Co-Editing

Integrates with Office365 to take advantage of built-in co-editing features.

Notification

Keep track of important changes and events in the system.

Management

Audit Trace and History

Maintain compliance and control by keeping track of all management tasks and activities.

File-Sharing Reports

Keep track of all file-sharing activities. For example, it's easy to see who is sharing what with whom.

Mapped Drive + Web Simplicity + Mobile Access? How??

Triofox solutions have a web server component that accepts file requests from client agents and mobile applications over the HTTPS/SSL protocol. These requests are then translated into Active Directory and File Server network share access protected by NTFS permissions. When all permission checks have passed, the file is sent back via HTTPS/SSL to the client agents. Gladinet uses this approach to combine the power of a mapped drive with the simplicity of web browsing and the handy mobile applications to present a unified file and folder view across multiple device factors!

1. Web Server Component

Gladinet solution contains a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. Mobile applications present files and folders and related functionality.

2. Agents Send File Requests

Mobile applications send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Gladinet server. Gladinet server can log the requests for auditing purposes and coordinate the file access and sharing demands before forwarding requests to file servers.

3.Active Directory Integration

Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to check whether the file requests are allowed. After that, file requests are satisfied and returned via HTTPS/SSL to client agents such as mobile applications.

Ready to boost mobile productivity and enable the workforce to better work from home today?