Use Cloud File Server to Solve Slow Uplink Problem

When office Internet speeds are limited, it's difficult for employees working from home to connect to the office network via VPN to access files simultaneously. The solution is to set up a hybrid environment of cloud file server and local file server so that office employees can still access files locally and remote employees can access files from the cloud.

A story about the slow uplink problem in the office

There is a design and architecture firm in a city where the only Internet service provider offers upload speeds of only 50 megabits per second (Mbps). Users connected to a file server at about 5 - 10 TB to access files in the office. However, with the mobilization of the workforce and the proliferation of the work-from-home model, employees who worked from home found it difficult to access their files, resulting in lost productivity. With the increasing number of remote users connecting to office facilities, companies like this struggled with bandwidth capacity issues. The much heavier load was straining corporate infrastructure connections. Employees working remotely either did not have access to the Internet, or their connections were so poor that they hurt productivity. The office Internet speed became a bottleneck, causing users to experience latency when accessing files remotely.

Move to the cloud

Since the local ISP could not solve the slow uplink problem without a significant infrastructure upgrade, the company considered moving the file server to the cloud. There are two different strategies for doing this. The first is "lift-and-shift", the second is the combination of cloud file server and local file server.

Lift-and-shift is easier if the office Internet is fast, so a site-to-site VPN between the office firewall and the cloud virtual network acts like part of the local network.

The hybrid cloud file server is a good balance between the local file server and the cloud file server, so employees in the local office can still use the file server over a local network.

Why not migrate to SharePoint?

When it comes to migrating a file server to the cloud, why not SharePoint?

Suppose the file server's data set is more than one TB, with unique custom applications, databases, Adobe, AutoCAD, Mac users, or other factors mentioned above. In that case, the IT team may not want to try SharePoint for the following reasons.

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 limits 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). 

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Hybrid Cloud File Server to Solve Slow Uplink Problem

Businesses in rural areas with slow upload bandwidths have no choice but to find an alternative way to keep their employees productive as the population shifts to the work-from-home model. They also want to provide a local copy of sensitive data if Internet access fails for security and ownership reasons. They found a solution that allowed them to migrate their on-premises data to Azure and bypass connectivity issues for employees. They wanted bulletproof security to prevent employees from downloading or copying sensitive data to their personal computers or devices.

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Hybrid Cloud File Server

Triofox provides secure remote access, file sharing, disaster protection, and recovery for on-site file servers with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It is a private, hybrid cloud storage and cloud server solution integrated with your current file server infrastructure.

Synchronization

Triofox sets up two-way synchronization between your local file server and the cloud storage service.

Mobile Access

Triofox provides web browser-based methods for file access. It also offers mobile apps for file access and sharing from mobile devices.

Remote Access

Triofox provides cloud drive mapping and file locking capabilities for remote access to file servers without a VPN.

Integration

The solution integrates with local IT infrastructures and public cloud storage services like Amazon S3 and Windows Azure Blob.

Problems Solved by Hybrid Cloud Servers

Triofox is the hybrid online file server solution for you, simplifying remote access, online file sharing and file server management!

Mobile Access

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

Backward Compatible

Maintain a local file server that enterprise users can access over the local network without modification.

Cloud Speed

Employees working from home can connect directly to the Azure or AWS data center for faster access.

Map Cloud Drive

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

On-Demand Synchronization

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

End-point Protection

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

Offline Access

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

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

You can define user rights for folder sharing from internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners.

Version Control

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

Offline Editing

The default method for accessing file servers in Azure/AWS is to use a VPN agent. However, VPN requires an active connection to the file servers and does not support offline editing mode. Therefore, Internet disruptions can interrupt a user's typical workflow.

Big Folder Browsing

A great way to use Azure/Aws file servers is to map a drive to the file server over a VPN. The frequent exchange of request and response messages between the local drive and the remote server without local caching makes it difficult to browse large folders.

Large File Transfer

Working with large files is not easy, even with a VPN agent connecting to the file server in the cloud. Applications like Photoshop or AutoCAD usually generate large files and use many linked files. These applications suffer from a slow VPN.

Secure Remote Access & Mobile File Sharing Highlights

Triofox eliminates the common drawbacks of a file server and a cloud-based file sharing solution and provides the best of both worlds - the security and control of traditional file servers combined with the efficiency and productivity of cloud collaboration.

Responsive

The web browser file manager is responsive to different screen resolutions and device profiles.

Single Sign-On

Single sign-on from ADFS, Azure AD and other SAML providers is supported.

Revision Manager

Manage file revisions and change history through the file portal in the web browser.

Document Viewer

Web-based document viewer for office documents.

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop to upload local files into web folders.

Guest Users

Free and unlimited read-only guest users are available in the solution.

Are you ready to increase mobile productivity and enable your employees to work from home?