Microsoft Azure's cloud computing platform and services, 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 Azure AD and Azure Virtual Machines, but most are meant to be used via API by ISVs. Azure File Sync is similar in terms of setting up a hybrid cloud/local file server deployment but it is missing key features like those from OneDrive for mobile access and secure file sharing.
CentreStack adds remote mobile access and secure file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file server on-premises with easy cloud migration to Microsoft Azure. It is a better solution compared to the Azure File Sync because it adds mobile access, secure file sharing, end point protection, version control, audit trace and many other features in addition to the basic two-way file synchronization.
CentreStack File Server Agent installed on the file server that will migrate to Azure over time. Supports Windows 2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 (32-bit/64-bit).
Local on-premise file shares will be synchronized with storage services in Microsoft Azure, while CentreStack at the same time provides HTTPS based secure access, web link based secure file sharing, version control and snapshot based data protection, mobile applications and desktop agents to facilitate a complete end-to-end solution.
If you've already migrated local file server data into the Azure data center with Azure virtual machines, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.
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.
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.
Alternatively, file server content can be migrated over time to Azure blob storage to form a hybrid environment. In addition to remote access, this enables a background backup process for business continuity.
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 Azure Blob Storage.
You can also leverage the features above by using the existing file server from Azure Virtual Machines as a private cloud.
In addition to on-demand sync and selective-sync, CentreStack client agents on PC and Mac encrypts local cache and backup local folders to provide end-point protection.
CentreStack provides version control, audit trace, file change history and other features for data protection.