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iOS Media Backup to a Company File Server or Fully Encrypted Private Cloud

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CentreStack now offers an upgraded iOS client that can automatically backup photos and videos from company-owned iPhones and iPads to a company-controlled file server or fully encrypted private cloud. This allows enterprises to maintain complete control of sensitive photos and videos by replicating them to corporately owned file servers. Or, if enterprises replicate the data to a private cloud, control is preserved by maintaining control of the private keys used for encryption, thereby preventing third party access. Consumer oriented media backup solutions such as iCloud and Google Photo usually fail to meet these requirements by forcing enterprises to store corporate data on third party servers. Though convenient, this may not serve an organization’s best interests if iOS devices capture sensitive recordings, photos, plans and schematics that should remain private. Even in less sensitive situations—like an architect using an iPad to take pictures of buildings, real estate agents tak…

Working Remotely with Horribly Slow Internet? Use Cloud File Sharing to Improve Performance

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In the United States, an estimated 42 million workers can work from home. That’s about 29% of the entire workforce.
While the network infrastructure that makes up the internet's backbone probably won’t break, the residential and home networks will suffer. More devices connecting to the same Wi-Fi network and more families using the same residential cable or copper wire connections will lead to remote workers experiencing slower speeds.
When compared to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), cloud file sharing can reduce the lag and help employees remain productive from home. Why VPN File Sharing Solutions Add Overheads to Organizations VPNs enable remote access to company file servers by assigning a private, encrypted tunnel between the nodes via the internet. While these connections are secure, they have a variety of issues. When bandwidth is a problem, VPN will exacerbate the issue. Configuring a VPN is also a complex process and even with the best IT engineers, it takes up valuab…

Why Choose a WebDAV Alternative Drive Mapper to Improve Remote Work Security?

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Across the globe, companies are rushing to implement work from home solutions that can help staff stay productive while working remotely. One of the easiest ways to get staff up and running is by using the same method they’ve been using in the office – mapped drives. Users in the office already know how to map a network drive or folder to their file explorer. By binding the file or folder’s Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path, every time the user logs into the Active Directory (AD) on the domain, they’ll have access to all their mapped folders. Remote access requires users to authenticate with the AD before they can access any internal network resources. One way to do this is with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) but setting them up can challenge even the most experienced IT professional. Some companies may opt to use the WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) protocol. This is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to allow co-authoring and management of …

How to Map a Windows Share on Mac

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Accessing Windows SMB shares from Mac OS X is notoriously problematic. Connecting to the SMB share from a Mac OS X device is at first fairly straightforward. All you have to do is open Finder, select the 'Go' dropdown and then find the item called 'Connect to Server'. It will then prompt you for a path to the server





The problem is that these connections are not very reliable and tend to get disconnected frequently or run into other issues. For example, you might find that the mapped drive responds very slowly.

CentreStack offers a better approach that resolves these and other issues and is generally much more reliable. The Windows share is mapped as a drive over HTTPS using the CentreStack Mac client. The client also caches files on the local drive on demand and can work in offline mode to further enhance performance. In other works, working from the Windows SMB share becomes exactly the same as working from your local drive because it is the same!

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Azure Files vs CentreStack: Simplifying Azure Migration

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3 Benefits of Cloud Backup

According to a Unitrends survey, 60% of businesses use cloud backup, recovery, and archiving services. There are many reasons an organization might choose a secure cloud storage backup service.

The chief benefits include the following: Flexible Cloud backup is a flexible backup. Because cloud storage can be virtually any size, the amount of backup space you use is dependent on what an organization needs. A company is not limited to a specific amount of data, nor does it have to pay for space not used. Cloud backup is always right sized for an organization's needs. Secure Cloud backup solutions designed for enterprise use typically employ multiple layers of security, including strong asymmetric encryption. In addition, unlike onsite backups, cloud backup is not vulnerable to fire, flood, or other natural disasters – nor at risk of physical theft or sabotage. Affordable Storing backup data in the cloud helps an organization avoid purchasing and managing expensive on-premises backup har…

Mobile File Access for Stronger Collaboration

Telecommuting continues to be on the rise. Before the pandemic, there had been a 44% increase in remote work over the past five years – and a 91% increase over the past decade. We're not sure what the numbers are after the global pandemic but they are obviously much, much higher driving increasing needs for mobile file access and collaboration Employees in a fixed office location are accustomed to accessing key files and data on a company's file servers. Remote workers and employees who travel outside the office need the same access to data and files, no matter where they're located – 81% of employees say they need access to corporate data from their mobile devices. Without access to essential files, remote workers become less productive rather than more and, in many cases, can't complete the work they need to do.
Nearly 83% of workers depend on technology to help them collaborate with others, and mobile file access is essential to remote collaboration. Workers in mult…