Cloud Computing and File Sharing in 2018

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MyWorkDrive releases version 4.0!

MyWorkDrive is revolutionizing remote and mobile file sharing More Mobility More Security More Collaboration & More Productivity   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5th, 2018 (San Francisco, CA) MyWorkDrive– the easiest and most secure file sharing product that allows remote access to files without having to sync or store data in a public cloud just shipped […]

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Quantifying Technology Costs of VPN Software

Total Cost of Ownership Businesses of all types utilize VPN software solutions to provide remote access to their employees. How do we quantify the true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of supporting VPN software? Why is TCO Important? Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) defines TCO as the total cost of using and maintaining an IT investment over […]

PPTP VPN SECURITY CONCERNS

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10 Reasons why SharePoint is not a File Server

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Many companies are considering migrating Windows File Shares to Office 365. SharePoint Online is included with most subscriptions for free. Often, IT professionals are asked to evaluate moving their company file servers to SharePoint Online. While SharePoint is great for collaborating on documents with teams inside or outside of the company, can it completely replace an on-premise file server for larger firms and be used as a file share alternative?

Here’s the list of the top 10 reasons we compiled on why SharePoint is not a file file server:

 

  1. Speed – Nothing can beat the speed of local network file server access. While Internet speeds are measured in Megabits, local network speeds are measured in Megabytes. A local network connection is at least 10 times faster than any Internet connection. For example, a fast 100 Mbp/s home Internet connection only equates to 12.2 MB/S. In the office, networks are typically 1GB – a whopping 125 MB/s!! For large files access, nothing beats a local area network connection.

 

  1. Simplicity – Users are trained to easily grab their files from a mapped drive. With SharePoint, files are stored in libraries that are accessed using a web-based interface or from within apps only. The interface looks nothing like Windows File Explorer. While there are 3rd party tools to that can map SharePoint drive letters, they are slow, require additional administration and they do not support Two Factor Authentication.

 

  1. Storage Capacities – Even the smallest companies have easily terabytes of data. SharePoint Online has a 1TB limit on each library, a 5000 item display limit, a 15GB file size limit and a maximum 100,000 file sync limit. Even if you did store this much data, or files this large, accessing them over the Internet may be unworkable (see Reason #1).

 

  1. Migration – Migrating to SharePoint from legacy file shares takes careful planning. All permissions must be manually recreated on the SharePoint sites along with equivalent folder structures. File names on local shares allow special characters that are not allowed in SharePoint (#%&) that must all be renamed before migrating them.

 

  1. Backups and Disaster Recovery – With traditional file shares, they can easily be replicated to multiple sites, backed up and archived for compliance going back many years. With SharePoint, restoring old data involves multiple databases and entire SharePoint farms that may be no longer supported. SharePoint Online only keeps the latest 90 days of deleted files – backups requires additional 3rd party subscription services that charge for ongoing backups and retrieval.

 

  1. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – Sharing files using traditional file shares can be deployed to users in minutes or made available using VPN or SSL VPN products like MyWorkDrive.com with a simple File Explorer-type web page. With SharePoint Online deployments are complex, data is scattered across libraries and scripting tools and services come with high price tags. Users must also be trained on how to share and access data. This all leads to additional IT support, training and SharePoint migration costs.

 

  1. Ownership of Data – Many firms have compliance regulations preventing them from moving files to the Cloud or legal concerns as to who has access to their company data. Moving data to Sharepoint Online requires careful compliance and legal review. The process grows more complicated when migrating organizations with highly sensitive data, such as government agencies, with a host of stringent compliance regulations to meet. Organizations will want to think carefully about the implications of moving files to vendors proprietary format or cloud platform;

 

  1. Open Storage – Once files are migrated to cloud storage the NTFS Metadata is lost and they are stored in a proprietary format. What happens if the organization wishes to move to another vendor or back to file shares?

 

  1. File Locking – Databases, Engineering CAD files and Accounting applications are designed to run locally at Gigabit speeds and have the ability to lock files in a multi-user network environment. These types of files cannot be stored or accessed using SharePoint.

 

  1. Archiving – Traditional file shares can be easily encrypted and stored offsite indefinitely, then easily restored at any time in the future regardless of any technology changes. With SharePoint, entire systems must be restored, or with SharePoint Online additional archiving services must be purchased and paid for perpetually which store SharePoint into long-term archives leading to additional support and subscription costs.

 

Bottom line – SharePoint is not a file server, it’s a collaboration portal. Microsoft has a great support article here on this topic and they recently released updates for Azure File Shares at the 2019 Ignite Conference (see our earlier blog article here) which makes it clear Microsoft will be supporting File Servers for many years into the future.

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Harden IIS SSL for Compliance and Security

IIS SSL by default leaves older versions of SSL2, SSL3 and TLS enabled for compatibility. MyWorkDrive has been engineered to support TLS 1.2. Disabling insecure and weak ciphers is necessary to comply with security best practices including PCI, HIPAA, FINRA and GDPR.

 

While registry entries can be set manually, a great free tool exists for this called IIS Crypto by Nartac Software.

 

To lock down your Server’s IIS SSL ciphers, download the tool and apply one of the templates – at a minimum we suggest the “Best Practices Template”.

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The PCI Template 3.1 provides the most complete protection however some software may still require TLS 1.0 communication (MyWorkDrive does not). One option is to apply the template settings to the Server only by unchecking “Set Client Side Protocols”. This ensures only the “Server” portions are locked down and any client software ( e.g. Backup Software) continues to run.

After you have run the IIS Crypto tool and applied a minimum of the best practice template and restarted your server, you may wish to verify that your server responds on only the more secure IIS SSL cyphers.

 

There is great free SSL scanning tool at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ that’s also built into the Nartac IIS Cryptol software that gives you a rating on how secure your SSL connections are. Simply input your https web address and run the test.

You should get a Summary like this:

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