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AWS Secure File Sharing

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Turn AWS EC2 and AWS S3 into a secure file sharing and data protection solution!

Amazon AWS Cloud Strategy

CentreStack offers business owners and managed service providers a better cloud strategy for on-premise file servers using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform and services. With CentreStack, you can immediately add existing file shares from an on-premise file server to AWS (e.g. Amazon S3 storage) for a hybrid two-way synchronization setup. The benefits include business continuity, seamless AWS migration, in addition to mobile access and secure file sharing over the Internet.

Challenges of AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS), for the most part, are designed for independent software vendors (ISVs) to build business solutions, and not for direct use. There are some that are more user friendly, like Amazon Aurora DB and EC2 Virtual Machines, but most are meant to be used via API by ISVs.

CentreStack Solution

CentreStack with the AWS API integration, adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file server on-premises with easy cloud migration to Amazon Web Services.

Secure Access & File Sharing

CentreStack bridges file servers and AWS for secure remote access and file sharing.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages AWS as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.

Easy Cloud Migration

CentreStack sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and AWS that can be seamlessly converted to AWS only. The end result is a cloud file server on top of AWS instead of on-premise. .

CentreStack Feature Highlights

Cloud Mapped Drive

Remotely access file shares from a drive letter, without the need for a VPN. Mobile applications included!

On-Demand Sync

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

Version Control

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

Hybrid File Server

Local file server and Amazon S3 storage synchronize with each other for business continuity and easy cloud migration.

Active Directory

Preserve NTFS permissions and Active Directory identities when connecting file servers to AWS.

Folder Permission

Granular folder permissions that can mirror NTFS permissions or start from scratch.

Deployment Option #1

Hybrid Local File Servers with Amazon S3

CentreStack File Server Agent installed on the file server that will migrate to AWS over time. Supports Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 (32-bit/64-bit).

If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2). The file server is optional if you have other ways to migrate data to AWS S3 and just want a simple locally mapped drive to access the files and folders via familiar Windows Explorer interface.

Deployment Option #2

File Servers with Direct Cloud Access

If you've already migrated local file server data into the AWS data center with AWS VPC (EC2 servers), CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.

Problems Solved

CentreStack file server integration and enablement solves these problems by installing agent software on your file server or directly mounting your file server network share into CentreStack when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.

Most important, the active directory security and NTFS permission model is maintained as if it was never changed. And drive mapping functionality is maintained so end users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations. File locking is also maintained for multiple users collaborating on the same file at the same time.

The end result is that the file server network shares are synchronized into AWS and CentreStack provides a complete access solution from Windows mapped drive, Mac Finder mounted volume to iOS and Android applications to access the Amazon S3 storage securely.

Secure Access and File Sharing

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server. Once attached, it is accessible online, enabling remote access. At the same time, the original network shares remain accessible over the local area network.

Migrate Existing File Shares to AWS S3 Storage

Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Amazon S3 to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.

Global Workspace

Create a global name space directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration. It is a distributed file system in the cloud, backed by Amazon S3.

Server in the Cloud

You can also leverage the features above by using the existing file server from Amazon EC2 Virtual Machines in VPC as a private cloud.

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