Microsoft announced the public preview of Azure File Share Sync at it’s 2017 Ignite Conference. This technology extends file services from on-premise to Cloud Storage on Azure File Shares and across windows servers in multi locations. Microsoft engineers interviewed customers and confirmed that Windows File Shares are still in use for a multitude of reasons. The customer pain points identified include speed of access, control of data and large storage capacities. Azure File Share Sync addresses these concerns.
Some of the key features and include:
- Bi-Directional Sync – from Windows Server to Azure Cloud Storage with write back capabilities
- Multi-Site Sync – Sync a share across multiple Windows Servers through Azure File Shares to Cloud Storage with the ability to cache and edit data in real time at each site.
- Backup of Azure File Shares to Azure Backup
- Tiering of data – set the maximum data storage capacities for each Windows server and only replicate the most recent data to each server with the balance stored in Azure File Shares in the cloud.
The MyWorkDrive team is very excited about this announcement as it will give our customers the ability to setup a MyWorkDrive server in Azure, sync files to it and use it access file shares remotely or during a disaster. Using MyWorkDrive, windows file shares can be accessed from any location worldwide over https (Azure File Sharing only supports access over smb port 445 which is typically blocked from most remote locations).
This technology also provides a seamless way for MyWorkDrive customers to migrate their servers completely to Azure Cloud Storage and remove them from on-premise entirely utilizing MyWorkDrive to map drives or access them using our Web File Manager.