What is the future of Remote Work?

With the ending of the Covid Pandemic what does that mean for Remote Work?

In our Remote Work article, we reviewed the latest trends and work styles for remote work pre-pandemic.  During the Pandemic, remote work has become not only more common but a necessity.  Many companies were forced to “go remote” in a very short window of time.  Organizations need secure file share remote access solutions to help them quickly enable and support remote workers without opening security gaps or compromising compliance.  IT departments remain under incredible pressure to maintain the business productivity for their newly expanded remote workforce.

As we enter the post-Covid-19 era, now is a good time to review the current and future state of remote work.  For many companies, the pandemic only accelerated existing trends toward more flexible work options that included at least some remote work.  Employees like the freedom to set their work and home life schedule as they see fit.

Is Remote Work here to stay?   Will we be returning to the office full or part-time?  Are salary rates affected for remote employees?  Let us review the current findings.

 

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Egnyte Alternative

Egnyte

Egnyte Alternative

With MyWorkDrive, enterprises can simply and easily provide secure remote file access to their users in minutes without migrating files or managing complex infrastructure.  Unlike Egnyte, MyWorkDrive integrates exclusively and natively into an existing Windows File Share infrastructure.   MyWorkDrive is built from the ground up to integrate exclusively with Windows Active Directory and NTFS File Shares with no changes to work processes or traditional mapped drives clients.

MyWorkDrive gives your enterprise secure file share access without VPN using your Windows File Shares & Active Directory infrastructure. Remotely edit and share files simply and securely. No Vendor lock-in, No syncing or migrating to a cloud needed.  MyWorkDrive is used by Enterprises, Government and Education with 5 start reviews Worldwide.

Web File Manager alternative to Egnyte

Access your file shares remotely using any web browser with our Web File Manager.  Our Web File Manager is the most elegant and user friendly in the industry loaded with the features users need with nothing to install.

Mapped Drive vs Egnyte Sync Client

Connect to your files remotely using our MyWorkDrive Mapped Drive Client which allows users to securely map a drive to their work files from anywhere without Sync or VPN.   Optionally enable our Two Factor Authentication and SAML/SSO for additional security and compliance.

No migration to Egnyte

Unlike Egnyte, MyWorkDrive works side by side with Windows File Shares in place – at no time are any files stored on the MyWorkDrive servers.  Enterprises can deploy MyWorkDrive without fears files being stored in proprietary databases or cloud storage providers.

No databases

Unlike Egnyte, MyWorkDrive exclusively uses existing active directory users, group and NTFS permissions to provision users.  No files are stored in any databases, Moved to the Cloud, nor are any additional administration of users, database backup software licenses or management needed when integrating MyWorkDrive.

Network Share file locking

With our native file locking integration, users can continue to use traditional mapped drive clients and files are properly locked alongside our Web, Mobile, or Desktop clients. With Egnyte, clients must be migrated to Egnyte only clients to properly lock and interact with network shares alongside other users.

Mobile Office Document Editing

Only MyWorkDrive has the ability to edit documents in native Office Apps for iOS mobile stored on Local File Shares.

Reduced Administration

Egnyte imports Active Directory users and groups into a database and requires manual management of license keys. With MyWorkDrive, Active Directory is native and licenses are automatically provisioned and deprovisioned as users drop off after 30 days.

Better Web Browser Client

With MyWorkDrive users view and edit files in our beautiful Windows file explorer style interface, greatly reducing training and support costs.

Security

MyWorkDrive exclusively uses built-in Windows NTFS and Access Based enumeration security for Windows shares that run under the user’s login context, as such no login information or access to files are ever stored in a database or used by MyWorkDrive.

Egnyte Alternative

Administrator of organizations using Egnyte to access file shares remotely, should strongly check out MyWorkDrive as a viable alternative.  MyWorkDrive is known as a VPN alternative where you can cloudify the existing file shares located in your own data center, grant users remote access permissions and manage multiple devices easily utilizing existing NTFS permissions and an enterprise’s current IT infrastructure with your existing windows active directory.

MyWorkDrive allows secure file remote access without VPN, syncing, or migrating to the cloud or new systems. Your files, your data, and your data center become your own private cloud instantly allowing users to remotely edit and share files simply and securely side by side with your existing mapped drive users without migrating files or storing them in the cloud.  With MyWorkDrive you can can take advantage of our advanced features including encrypted view, data leak prevention, duo authentication, and more.  With MyWorkDrive support costs are dramatically lower than Egnyte products – Users simply access files using our Mapped Network Drive Client or Web File Manager Client with no training needed!

 

Mapped Network Drives without VPN

Mapped Network Drive without VPN

 

With Many employees working remotely from home, the need for seamless mapped network drive access to Windows File Shares has increased ten fold.   This has created a huge support burden on IT staff to manage corporate PC’s remotely, secure internal networks and train users on how to use VPN.

MyWorkDrive alleviates these security and support concerns with our Mapped Network Drive Client.  The MyWorkDrive mapped drive client allows employees to have the same user experience that they previously only had when working in the office or connecting from to VPN from a Corporate PC.

In addition to alleviating the IT help desk from supporting VPN and end user PC’s, the MyWorkDrive mapped drive client improves security – Only port 443/HTTPS is opened to your MyWorkDrive Server with no direct VPN access to your internal network or file shares.

How it works

With MyWorkDrive it’s easy to push out network mapped drives – no complicated login scripts or VPN’s needed!   Simply point to your existing network shares from your MyWorkDrive Server.  MyWorkDrive automatically imports existing Active Directory Users and Group Permissions and even displays User Home Directories.   MyWorkDrive also allows you to push out drive letters for each share – matching your in-house user experience.   Users simply login to your MyWorkDrive Web Site URL using their existing Active Directory credentials or SSO login.   All network mapped drives are displayed automatically.

MyWorkDrive Mapped Drive Features

Our Mapped Drive Client adds additional security and application level protection controls that aren’t available with traditional mapped network drives over VPN.

DLP Protected Mapped Network Drives

View and edit files online directly from the mapped drive client – while still being restricted from downloading as configured on the MyWorkDrive Server.  This feature eliminates training requirements for end users and the need to login from the Web Client by using a native view of files and folders in both Windows Explorer and macOS Finder – while adding DLP security features to protect sensitive data.

  • Prevent downloads of files and folders while still displaying files and folders in a traditional mapped drive client interface.
  • View, or Edit files online while blocking download, clipboard, printing, upload or renaming of files.
  • Watermarks and user details displayed and logged on all viewed files.

Using our latest version yet?  In our January 2021 Server Release we increased our already fast access speeds by up to 500% when using the MyWorkDrive Mapped Drive client.   Server directories with 1000’s of files and folders load in seconds!

With MyWorkDrive employees can work safely from home with a mapped network drive experience without the support or security concerns of VPN.

 

Upgrade Alert Notification

 

MyWorkDrive received notice from Cloudflare that Argo Tunnel agents older than 5.5.2020 will no longer be supported as of March 20th.   This requires all MWD customers to be running a minimum of MWD Server 5.4.3.2 or higher.  Cloudflare is required to Open MyWorkDrive documents in Office online and is also used by customers running under *.myworkdrive.net (Cloud Web Connector).

MyWorkDrive servers running version 5.4.3.1 and lower are impacted by this requirement and will not be able to connect to Cloudflare tunnels until they are upgraded after March 20th.

It is urgent that customers upgrade their MyWorkDrive Servers to a minimum of latest 5.4.3 or 6.0.1 (recommended) ASAP.

Download all versions here.  The upgrade only takes a few minutes.  It is no longer necessary to restart the MWD Servers when upgrading.  The upgrade support guide is available here.

 

As always, our upgrades are provided without charge to currently licensed clients. If you would like assistance planning or executing your upgrade, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.