Showing posts from April, 2020

How to Map a Windows Share on Mac

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! Cen

Azure Files vs CentreStack: Simplifying Azure Migration

We recently had the chance to speak with JR Tinney, CIO for BGB Group, a pharmaceutical company migrating from file servers in a private data center to Microsoft Azure. They had recently completed a merger with a company that already completed their migration to Azure and this made them realize that moving data from their servers into Azure would save them money, especially if they could move the data into Azure Files or Azure Blob storage instead of hosted file servers on Azure VMs. JR found us after trying to complete the migration with Azure Files and hitting a roadblock when he realized that Azure Files would only work when joined to the Azure AD domain. So he at first came to us looking for a client that would map a drive to Azure Files or map a drive to Azure Blob storage. But he was really trying to solve a broader set of issues which were all related to providing a seamless migration experience that would not disrupt the company’s business. His

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-pr

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