Bring Your File Server Experience to the Cloud :)



There are a lot of solutions for cloud-based file management on the Internet, so I think you should be aware of just how good CentreStack is for migrating your users and files to the cloud.

In this video I will show you how easy it is to use CentreStack’s Web Portal. I will also demonstrate how your users can easily install the Client software. I will show you the mapped Windows Cloud Drive. And finally, I will demonstrate some reliability and security features.
So, let’s get started. (script continues below...)


Typically, the CentreStack Administrator will create a Tenant which is like a company or division within your Management Console. This Tenant will have one or more Tenant administrator users assigned and other non-administrator users which have access to shared team folders. These folders have the same permissions and security settings you’re used to seeing in the Windows Active Directory.
I’m logging in as a standard user. As you can see the CentreStack Web Portal is like a typical web page. You can navigate your folders and files here, download and upload files and depending on the size of your screen, you can see that the contents here size, scale and are otherwise responsive to that window constraints. So, this web portal will work with any device that can open a web page URL.
The files can be viewed in different ways, the same as if you altered the view settings in Window’s Explorer. Here is tiled thumbnail view, and by clicking this icon you can also show your files in a list view which provides more information to the user.
Your users will need to get access to CentreStack and especially its shared team folders from their own personal computer. To do this they will need to log in to CentreStack using a browser and the credentials you have provided them, if they were imported from an active directory account the user can access CentreStack’s Web Portal using their Windows login credentials.
Once logged into the Web Portal, the user clicks their account icon and the download link for our client solutions. This opens the various client options. For this user who is on Windows 10, I would choose the Windows 64-bit download and follow the instructions for installation.
The reason you want your users to download their client software from your CentreStack server is because the client is already connected to your server, and all they need to do is log in to get access to their files.
This makes setting up your users, whether it is one user or a thousand users a very simple process. Now we are looking at a machine where we are logged in as a user and they can see the Cloud Drive in Windows Explorer just like any other drive on their system. What makes this better than other similar products, is that these files are visible to your user because they have Windows NTFS permissions that authorize them to view or edit these files. These permissions are maintained from your CentreStack server, and should you alter permissions on your NTFS file server that is linked through Active Directory for a specific user, those changed AD permissions will be synchronized with the cloud drive on the user’s system.
We have implemented some very useful reliability and security features that go beyond a typical shared drive on the internet. As a Tenant Administrator, you can now decide how to break up your large files into smaller chunks. If you have very large files being synced, we use chunk upload to manage these files so that only the changes are synced, which can save a lot of time and bandwidth. We are using HTTP which is a very fast streaming protocol, we have a robust fail/retry and auto-retry functionality to ensure your files are synced.
We have also included secure, endpoint encryption at rest, and in transit encryption with HTTPS. If someone other than the user has access to the computer, unless they are logged in they won’t be able to examine the content of the cloud drive. If you are dealing with confidential files, you know how critical this feature is to keep you in compliance with various oversight agencies.
So that covers some very important features of CentreStack.
With easy web portal navigation and accessibility from any device type.
Easy client integration, eliminating the need for complex virtual private network management.
And reliability and security features integrated through NTFS Active Directory permissions.
You can see how good CentreStack is at migrating your users and data to the cloud.
I hope you have enjoyed this overview of very useful CentreStack features.

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