Secure file sharing directly from your file servers

Avoid the limitations of sharing files via email, personal Dropbox accounts, or other third-party services. Take control by enabling enterprise file sharing directly from your file servers. You'll have the advantage of having everything under control and avoid the manual effort of copying files back and forth from external third-party providers to your company's internal file servers.

Two stories about file sharing among companies

A geomodeling company needs to share seismic data with external clients, as well as receive data from clients. The geomodeling data currently resides on an enterprise file server that is organized by project. Each project folder is protected by folder permissions supplied with the Windows file server. The current practice of external file sharing required data to be uploaded to Box and shared. Once clients receive the shared data and upload their portion of the files, an employee copies the files from the Box account back to the company's file server. All files are under tight enterprise control with Active Directory and group policies, except for the portion that must go through Box with manual copying back and forth. The enterprise needs an external file sharing solution that integrates directly with existing file servers and the protective IT infrastructure.

Another story is about a television station that sends reporters to the field to take video and photos, which are then sent back to the company for news content producers to use. The reporters on the ground are often stationed in areas with poor Internet access, making it difficult to quickly upload information for live coverage. The company used Citrix ShareFile for one of the reasons mentioned above. Citrix ShareFile does not allow external file access or file sharing directly from file servers, so the workflow had to be changed. Citrix offered specific cloud locations to which on-site reporters could upload content that the organization needed. IT had to manually copy the content from Citrix cloud storage to its file servers for internal content creators to access and prepare for reporting. With Citrix ShareFile, the TV station also needed to upload files to these dedicated storage locations to share with external business partners and view and edit via a browser or mobile device. This transition from internal storage solutions to purely cloud-based storage services for external file access, sharing and collaboration resulted in data loss and higher costs.

Organizations need to securely share files with everyone inside and outside the organization. Employees working from home need to access and share company files, or business partners need to send you files securely. The choice is yours. Should you choose a third-party hosting service and use it to share files securely... or extend the capabilities of your current corporate file server to share files securely over the Internet!

The problem of yet another data repository

In your company, the corporate file servers are the standard data storage for collaboration among all employees, either directly inside the company's firewall via the local network or outside the employees' home via the virtual private network. Introducing another online storage solution just for secure remote file sharing looks like OK at first. However, over time, your corporate data is stored in two different places, making it harder to see who has the latest version where and harder to control.

Add a cloud layer to your file servers.

There is an easy way to combine secure file sharing and enterprise file servers into one solution. Add a cloud component to your file servers to enable access and sharing over HTTPS to your file servers. Your existing IT infrastructure can continue to provide security and control while your file servers remain the central data repository.

Secure File Sharing from Your File Servers!

Add secure file sharing via a web browser to your on-site file servers in a snap, with new cloud-like access and file sharing capabilities, while maintaining legacy security, permission controls, and data ownership!

Why choose Gladinet? Why not OwnCloud?

Self-Hosted File Sharing

Gladinet Triofox solution makes file sharing interoperable with existing file server network shares. 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 so much easier for system administrators to set up the permission control. The permission features make the Gladinet solution stands out among its peers.

Productivity

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

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.

Secure File Sharing Benefits

Triofox extends the reach of the file server and Active Directory services to mobile workers outside the local network. Active Directory security and NTFS permission models are maintained as if nothing had changed. Users get a familiar drive letter for accessing files from remote locations with simplified access via web browsers and mobile devices.

Reduce Costs By Replacing VPN

Eliminate the overheads and support tickets commonly associated with VPN file sharing, Always On VPNs, or Direct Access. Automatically use existing users and permissions to save setup time and money.

Boost Productivity

Convert file sharing into web links are much faster and with fewer limitations to go through Email systems such as Outlook and Exchange servers.

Minimize Data Sprawl

Avoid the headaches of data sets split between internal file servers, email attachments, or your employees' personal Dropbox accounts.

Enhance Data Security

Reduce your attack surface and enhance data security with secure connections that minimize open ports (HTTPS only) and military-grade endpoint encryption.

Simplify Management

Centrally manage externally shared files and folders and easily track who has access, when data is accessed, and when shares will expire.

Strengthen Compliance

Strengthen compliance by maintaining data ownership, file changelogs, audit tracing, and retention policies.

Increase the remote productivity of your mobile workforce!