An electric construction company used a traditional VPN for its field technicians, while most office workers used a local corporate network to access file servers. After the pandemics, many office workers also switch to working remotely from home. Towards the middle of 2020, the number of concurrently active VPN connections on the company's Fortinet firewall tripled. The remote workers experienced connection drops and need to fix the slow VPN with connection drops problem.
An engineering firm has dedicated connections such as VPN and Remote Desktop for network access. In the construction industry, most employees work from the road, and many work from job site trailers. The job sites typically do not have a stable Wi-Fi connection, but both VPN and Remote Desktop rely on maintaining active connections with the corporate firewall for remote file access. Many field technicians have had to synchronize folders the nights before traveling to job sites. They are looking for a solution that allows offline access to the file server. This way, the folders are picked up before they even enter the job site, and any changes made to the files are synchronized back to the company's file servers if they have a good internet connection.
A design firm has offices around the world, including headquarters in London and branch offices in Australia and North America. For better remote file server access, the company's IT infrastructure was moved to a data center in the UK. The access speed for the local staff in the UK is good. However, remote employees in Australia and North America complained about slow file server access over a VPN. The company is looking for a solution to speed up cross-continent file delivery with a traditional mapped drive. If a solution allows file server access over a global content delivery network to speed up cross-continent access, the company would be happy to try it.
The main reason is that VPN is a complex solution that virtually extends your corporate network to an external employee's desktop computer. Regardless of how tech-savvy they are, your remote workers need to understand terms like network, file servers, mapped drives, VPN Access Client. Not to mention the numerous steps involved in establishing VPN connections. When VPN connections break down, you need to try to understand the underlying technologies, such as getting past corporate firewalls and the many different network protocols, as well as the possible reasons for the breakdown.
It's not uncommon for your employees to give up and then call tech support. Both spend time away from work troubleshooting VPN issues.
If you are dealing with VPN issues or VPN tickets, do you wish accessing your file servers was as easy as the user experience offered by cloud storage tools like those from Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive?
But you need to keep files on your file server without switching to other cloud solutions. You want an on-premises VPN-like solution, but one that addresses the issue of slowness and has advanced features.
A traditional VPN requires a stable and active connection to the corporate firewall to function. A disruption in the Internet or a broken 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 asynchronously save the files to a corporate file server once the connection is restored.
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 the online servers.
File server access is hardly high performance because when a VPN enables it, the file accessing communicates via 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, the performance will improve. Secondly, HTTP-based file transfer allows traffic to use a global content delivery network, so HTTP is faster when transferring across continents.
Triofox enables public and private Windows file sharing without a VPN. Allow remote employees and home workers easy and secure file server access from any location and any device.
Secure remote access refers to security policies or strategies to protect sensitive data transmissions when accessing devices or networks not controlled by the organization.
With the blossoming of Internet-connected devices and digital processes in the modern work environment, many organizations are no longer tied to a single location. Employees can now access corporate resources and networks from a variety of devices and locations.
While this offers many benefits to businesses and their employees, it also makes traditional data security measures obsolete. Old concepts of access control via endpoints and passwords fall short in remote environments, relying on the physical presence of an employee in the office with a set of pre-secured devices.
On the other hand, secure remote access ensures that anyone accessing your file server or network remotely is authenticated and using a secure internet connection. It's basically another layer of security between your users (or employees) and your data. Before a user can connect to your file server, the application that runs a secure remote access policy might check the following:
Security: Confirms that connected systems have updated antivirus and firewall, that all patches are present, and that no dangerous processes are running.
Single Sign-On (SSO) measures: Authenticated users can access specific resources with their initial login credentials.
NTFS Permissions: Existing permissions on your file server will be applied to remote users.
Triofox simplifies remote access to your Windows file servers by providing a clean, secure interface for your remote workers. It does not remove files or data from your file server. Instead, it implements a robust, secure remote access policy that allows your employees to securely access the resources they need. With Triofox, you enjoy a secure solution combined with the ease of use of cloud mobility.
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Triofox provides secure remote access and file sharing, disaster recovery and recovery for on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It's the true cloud file server solution you have been looking for!
Triofox connects file servers and cloud storage for secure remote access without a VPN.
Accessing files and folders directly from a web browser is as interactive as from a desktop drive.
Triofox leverages cloud storage for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile app.
Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between on-premises file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly converted to a cloud-only deployment.
Triofox integrates with ADFS, Azure AD and other SAML 2.0 compliant identity services. In addition, 2-factor authentication is enabled and enforced for all users, providing an additional layer of security. Once authenticated in Triofox, your users will have the same access to your company's file servers when working from home or remotely as they do in the office.
The platform, when enabled, can encrypt all data on all endpoints, ensuring that your most sensitive information never leaves a secure environment, no matter where your employees access it.
The solution allows you to take existing user and role permissions from your file server and easily apply them to your remote employees' devices. It also allows users to simplify their login processes with Active Directory.
From a mapped drive on Windows Explorer to a mounted volume on macOS to file locking, web browser access, and mobile app access, Triofox is an all-in-one access solution that provides end users with seamless drive mapping.
Additional features include version control, audit trace, file change log report, and cloud backup. These features improve your file server's performance for business continuity, regulatory compliance, and a better fit for cloud mobility in the future!
As business processes become less dependent on or tied to a physical location, data security and remote access have become central to operations. Secure remote access is just one of the many benefits Triofox offers to businesses looking for a fast solution to support their mobile workforce.