Citrix ShareFile Alternative

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MyWorkDrive ShareFile Alternative

Unlike ShareFile, 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.  With MyWorkDrive, enterprises can simply and easily provide secure remote file access to their users in minutes without migrating data or compromising security.

No migration

Unlike ShareFile, 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 ShareFile, MyWorkDrive exclusively uses existing active directory users, group and NTFS permissions to provision users.  No files are stored in any databases, 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 Sharefile, clients must be migrated to ShareFile 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

Sharefile 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 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.  ShareFile can connect to Windows File shares, but also hosts user password hashes in a database to provide the ability to search and access files on network shares.

Citrix ShareFile

Upgrade or new setup: Bottom line – it’s expensive and it’s complicated. There’s a lot of overhead and it requires an army of engineers to support.  There are other factors as well that contribute to making MyWorkDrive your easy file share remote access alternative.  Some additional factors to consider and flush out before choosing what path to take when enabling secure file remote access and secure file sharing include:

  • Licensing: Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop run on Microsoft RDS, making it necessary for companies to buy and maintain licenses for both. Plus, all Citrix environments need some up-front investment in hardware.  Citrix ShareFile requires licensing for both ShareFile and NetScaler
    Complexity: Citrix technology is not cloud-native, and its components are siloed, meaning that multiple consoles are necessary to manage the environment.
    Overhead: Not only do administrators have to manage and update the underlying infrastructure, they have to update every endpoint through the locally-installed Citrix Receiver client. RDP comes installed on every PC enabling automatic updates.
    Expertise: Citrix admins aren’t cheap, and you need a significant squad to make the technology work.
    Performance: While we acknowledge the high quality of Citrix’ HDX media suite, it isn’t necessary for most desktop use cases today.
    End-user Training: Very expensive, time consuming and complex.

End of Life and support for XenApp 7.0 expired in June of 2018.  XenApp 6.5 support was sunsetted in 2016 so if you are still on it then by this time you are indeed playing Russian roulette with your files from a data security and data leak prevention perspective.

Because Citrix VPN, Citrix ShareFile, and XenApp apps are no longer supported, many CIOs are facing a dilemma: migrate to another cloud storage file sync provider or embark on a completely new trajectory for all enterprise file share remote access and content collaboration requiring complex file migrations. But what cloud platform?

There are many providers billing themselves as a VPN alternative but they are still a public cloud storage and/or content collaboration platform requiring complex file migrations. You could have one of your requirements be that you want complete control over your workflow management and email client portal and yet you would still be relying on someone else’s server or proprietary database to store your company files.

Citrix Sharefile as many know is a file sharing and managed file transfer (MFT) service that relies on the cloud. Or rather Citrix users rely on cloud computing technology. One of the pitfalls of Sharefile is that encrypted email is unavailable for lower tier subscribers and you can’t restrict ‘view only’ mode. For certain industries this become problematic especially government, financial, and healthcare sectors.

Many firms also rely on Citrix remote desktop services but again, you have to maintain not only your VPN and firewall but a farm of virtual desktops as well which must all be secured and patched creating a huge support burden and expense on the IT budget line each year. You can also enable two-factor authentication with Citrix Sharefile or RDS for an added layer of security but still there remains an open pipe to your data that bad actors can exploit and compromise. You can also combine more layers with Cisco VPN but again, another point of failure for hackers hell bent on going after your network.

Sharefile announced EOL of their current version this past June of 2018, and the new version requires Server upgrades from 2008 to 2012 R2 or higher, anything remaining on old platforms will not be supported as of the end of this year 2018.   Additionally, Citrix is requiring purchase of a NetScaler Load Balancer and ‘tuning up’ current licensing. This upgrade (which is really a migration) is very costly, and quite an endeavor and very complex. The actual ‘How To Manual’ is a 1000 page PDF!

IT Consultants are very happy to assist in the migration of old Citrix ShareFile and RDP products for enterprises with unlimited budgets – for hefty consulting fees.   You will also need to factor in costs for hardware and software upgrades to run it all on. MyWorkDrive can provide a better, more secure remote file access set up across your Network Shares at a fraction of the cost per user without costly migrations of file share or new hardware. You also don’t have to allocate precious resources, time, and money towards migration projects. What are the costs? For even the smallest installations consider some of these line items:

Citrix ShareFile Licenses & Support:

Citrix UPG XENAPP Ent from ADV 1U conc conn licenses

Citrix NetScaler gateway ENT VXP License & Maintenance

XENAPP Ent 1 conn user easy license

CSS Select XENAPP Ent X1 concur US support 1yr /yr/user
Citrix NetScaler Gateway ENT VXP License & Maintenance
CSS Select NetScaler Gateway ENT VPX Maintenance 1yr
LIC/SA OLP Windows Server Standard 2016 2-core
LIC/SA OLP Windows RDS CAL 2016 NL User

Hardware:
Multiple Intel® Xeon™ Processor at 3.4GHz/2MB Cache, 800MH

Labor:
Build W2012 R2 Server for Install and Config of Citrix
Install Storefront/Delivery Controller & XenApp Adv Server
Install and Configure New NetScaler Gateway Ent

Install all Applications and Programs

User Training, Data Migration…

 

Have your eyes glazed over yet? What really is the dilemma with using Citrix for remote desktop and secure file remote access?

According to the Parallels.com blog dating as far back as 2008- “This means customers will not receive any patches or support after the EOM and EOL period, respectively. As the flagship product of Citrix, Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) enjoys a larger customer base than other Citrix products. Because the majority of corporate environments are still working on Windows Server 2008 R2, the customer’s only option is to upgrade both the underlying Microsoft operation systems and the Citrix product to the newer version. Alternatively, customers can continue with the unsupported 2008 R2 environment, which is far from ideal. Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) is a customer-facing product that delivers services outside the network to a range of devices and users including home users, mobile users, and other computing devices. Without proper maintenance, a virtual environment cannot remain robust and reliable.  Customers require full maintenance and support when it comes to delivery of their critical line-of-business applications.”

Now that was from 2008. It’s now over ten years later how many companies are still on EOL products? It’s a scary answer to admit to. Decisions have to be made and if you want to set up a hybrid cloud type of environment or a complete private cloud environment then MyWorkDrive becomes the clear winner hands down. MyWorkDrive is easy to install, easy learning curve for users to adapt to, and fast to get up and running. Don’t migrate, start to collaborate and instantly share files and allow editing online easily again without VPN, syncing, or complex Citrix migrations.

Sharefile Alternative

Administrator of organizations using Citrix ShareFile or RDP connection specifically to access files 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 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 version 5.1 you can do it even faster and more securely with encrypted view, data leak prevention, duo authentication, and more.  With MyWorkDrive support costs are dramatically lower than Citrix products. Support and training costs per user/year alone make the business case.