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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!

CentreStack is norm…

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…

Secure File Sharing On Existing File Servers

For stronger security and control, an increasing number of companies are creating private file sharing services on their current file servers using CentreStack. Offered by Gladinet, this platform simplifies access for remote workers from any device, including employees' mobile phones from any location. It also simplifies the migration process to the point where safe file sharing on existing file servers  can be setup for all remote users in a matter of minutes without requiring that data be replicated to the cloud or transformed in any way.

These capabilities are important for companies that depend on file server data that still remains on-premises for reasons of compliance, security and control. or because a company cannot afford the costs and disruption of replicating data to the cloud. These costs can include user training to introduce new workflows, reconfiguration of folder permissions to factor out subfolders that don't have the same permissions as their parent folders, …

Improve Work-From-Home Security with a File Sharing Server

US Census data had 5.2% of the workforce or 8 million people working from home in 2017. Those numbers have of course skyrocketed in 2020 with more and more employees being asked to work from home. 
The new trend makes it increasingly important to keep the work they are doing secure while maintaining high levels of productivity. This is especially important when it comes to secure file sharing - companies don't want sensitive information to become compromised.
VPNs have been the traditional method of providing secure remote access but file access and sharing over a VPN can consume a lot of bandwidth and VPNs tend to be a little difficult to use. For reasons like these, an increasing number of companies are moving to file sharing servers to improve work-from-home security and productivity

COVID-19: Simplify Working From Home with CentreStack

As the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus places increasing pressure on the ability to continue "business as usual", CentreStack's ability to simplify remote access to file servers or instantly migrate a file server to the cloud has been getting more attention as quick, easy ways to provide and accelerate remote access in response to the covid-19 outbreak For many enterprises, it just takes too much time to manually migrate file servers to the cloud and remote access via VPN can be quite error prone. So the ability to leverage their existing configuration and investments is quite attractive.

We're certainly seeing a lot more interest in faster ways to facilitate work from home use cases without compromising data privacy, security or compliance. Mobile workers want to share folder over Internet and continue business as usual.

If there is anything we can do to support you during this time, I invite you to reach out. Our Support team remains fully staffed. Please reach out …

Data Privacy: Why It’s Important, and Why You Should Protect It

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There were 1,244 data breaches in the United States alone in 2018, and that only includes the incidents that actually get reported. It’s no wonder then that only 12% of survey respondents report feeling confident in the ability of the federal government to protect their data online. 
In today’s increasingly digitized world, it’s crucial that you take steps to protect your sensitive data online—in this brief guide, we’ll show you howSource: Unsplash

CentreStack Year 2019 Review

28 Releases and 3,006 Code Check-ins! Another successful year has passed for the development team at CentreStack. This article covers the enhancements and new features added during 2019 as we continue to address increasing interest in data privacy, sovereignty and control from businesses exploring options to modernize and mobilize their file servers on-premises or simplify file server migrations and hybrid deployments.

In response to partners who found it difficult to keep up with our weekly release schedule, we also reduced the frequency of updates to incorporate longer beta test cycles for each release by first releasing it in our hosted environment before shipping it to our self-hosted partners. We cut the number of build in half and lengthened the testing pipeline by 400%

Product enhancements covered several areas including cloud backup, usability, security, mobile access, client updates, performance & scalability.
Cloud Backup CentreStack now provides a simpler, more cost-eff…

What is new in build 10.11.7332?

It is year 2020 and CentreStack continues to enhance its capabilities. Here is a list of enhancements in the latest build.
Support has been added for MacOS Catalina (10.15) Enhanced Centrestack to follow NTFS permissions when using CIFS or DFS shares as backend storage and also when using in direct attached mode. Device backup has been enhanced to have better support for multiple devices Enhancements to Retention Policy when using Cloud Backup Improvements in Cloud Backup Filters Restored files using Cloud Backup will show the original time-stamps JSON API can be used to enable Team Folder Cloud Backup When changing the user password and enabling the setting 'User must change the password on the next login', user will be forced to change the password before can be allowed any operations on web portal Enhancements to color themes in web portal When sharing files to existing users as 'View only - Downloads Disabled', now the recipients can only view the files in web …