MyWorkDrive FileShare Software adds cloud capabilities and secure access to Enterprise Windows File Shares using your own storage under the companies control. With MyWorkDrive FileShare you enable secure online file access and collaboration to existing fileshare data wherever it lives on your internal network. No migration, no re-creating permissions leveraging existing active directory fileshare permissions.


FileShare Overview

In a recent Microsoft survey of customers, Windows File sharing continue to be used at a majority of enterprises with over 70% utilizing fileshare infrastructure on-premise or in their own data centers. Cloud file services simply cannot match the speed, security and control of a local fileshare.

Windows Fileshares can be easily deployed to users in Windows networks and permissions tie directly into Active Directory. File permissions are extremely easy to manage and integrate into Windows domain joined PC’s. IT administrators can also take advantage of Windows Group policies and login scripts to automate the user experience for touch-less automated deployment of file shares to thousands of end-users.

Windows Fileshare’s work great on-premise but quickly become a problem when remote access, mobile and file collaboration is needed. In the typical enterprise environment users are granted VPN access which they can then use to map a drive to the company file shares. This places a huge cost burden on IT who is tasked with supporting and managing sometimes 1000’s of VPN connections on end user devices. Scripting drives remotely does not work well and with new malware and viruses released daily loss of data is of paramount concern.

Shadow IT can also be an issue since users expect easy cloud style remote access with Mobile, simple external file sharing and the ability to collaborate on documents with co-workers in real-time – something Windows File Shares were not designed to do.

MyWorkDrive solves these problems with our Web based remote access for windows fileshare’s. With MyWorkDrive windows fileshare’s are made available to users remotely over a browser, mapped drive or mobile client using an https SSL connection. Existing fileshare’s are not modified and can be accessed by user of a traditional mapped drive internally at the same time. File locking, User Groups and permissions on file shares are also honored.

fileshareWhen MyWorkDrive is deployed existing fileshare data is made available over https from a Microsoft IIS Website. MyWorkDrive’s web file manager browser based access give enterprises the best of both local based secure and fast access and the cloud services users have come to expect without compromising security while reducing their total cost of ownership (TCO) and leveraging their existing fileshare infrastructure. Enterprises can deploy our private cloud fileshare access server software to enable secure online access without moving data to the cloud while still offering full cloud functionality including:

  • Web Browser Fileshare Access from Anywhere
  • Mapped Drive over HTTPS
  • Online Collaboration in Office 365 online
  • Mobile (iOS & Android) Apps and Office Apps Access
  • Internal & External File Sharing
  • Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Security

Easy Access to Existing Storage

Only MyWorkDrive provides access to windows fileshare storage within the enterprise, all through our easy to use mobile, desktop and web apps that users find simple to use. By connecting MyWorkDrive to existing Active Directory and fileshare storage in the enterprise MyWorkDrive acts as a single point of access to files across the enterprise.

Admins configure existing shares to be made available to users remotely. Existing NTFS permissions, Access based enumeration are preserves. Regardless of the access method detailed logs are available for compliance and security. Integrate with your existing Backup Solutions – No migrating data to new SQL databases or recreating backup strategies. Integrates seamlessly with Windows Previous Versions with restores available to end-users in our web file manager.

Fileshare Real World Example

Consider an example – a busy executive traveling through the airport receives a call that the latest proposal their team has been working on needs to be sent to a client for immediate approval. The proposal is saved on the companies fileshare at the office. In the past accessing this file would mean logging on to a PC, launching VPN, starting Outlook and attaching the file – but there is no time for this. Instead the executive simply uses their phone to access MyWorkDrive, securely logs in and forwards the proposal – instantly, done.

No Migrating your Fileshares

  • Leverage existing storage
  • NTFS Permissions inherited
  • Infinite scalability

Work side by side with traditional Fileshare’s

  • File Locking across all platforms
  • Online Co-editing with Office 365
  • Mobile Access from Anywhere

No Dual Administration

  • Active Directory Integrated by default
  • Utilize existing groups
  • Permissions inherited from NTFS

FileShare Access Benefits of MyWorkDrive

According to the latest HPE report, Enterprises continue to maintain their own data centers for file shares with 90% expecting to pay a premium for on-premise storage. Until now, accessing file shares online involved supporting VPN software or migrating files to an online storage provider. MyWorkDrive changes all that by cloud enabling online fileshare access without the expense of migrating data or the security risks of cloud storage.

With MyWorkDrive enterprises can instantly enable online fileshare access for their users integrated into their existing windows file shares, permissions and active directory. MyWorkDrive is the only solution that provides online fileshare cloud access file shares internally using traditional mapped drives. With MyWorkDrive, IT administrators simply install a small Windows virtual machine on-premise into their Active Directory, add MyWorkDrive server software and instantly are able to provide online file share access to their users via a Browser, Mobile Client and Desktop from anywhere.

MyWorkDrive uniquely transforms traditional SMB Windows File Shares into cloud accessible fileshares that can be accessed online. With SSL TLS 1.2 encryption, Two Factor authentication and extensive logging enterprises can improve online file sharing security and compliance while reducing the costs of supporting traditional VPN software or Sync & Share applications. In addition to MyWorkDrive client applications, MyWorkDrive is the only software service that allows users to view and edit documents in Microsoft Office Online or Office Mobile apps while saving files back to their local file shares. Enterprises can choose between accessing and editing documents through Office 365 Online or point to their own internal Office Online Server for total security and control.

MyWorkDrive’s disruptive patented technology enables enterprises to provide instant access to their fileshare’s online without migrating data to new systems, moving to 3rd party online storage or changing the way they work.

  • Immediate productivity with easy to use web browser interface
  • Access and share files from Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC or any web-enabled device
  • Collaborate with business partners using OneDrive for external sharing
  • Access file shares at high speed using traditional file share mapped drives on-premise
  • Online file editing using Office 365 Online
  • Avoid investments and expense of new Online File Share databases or migrations
  • Secure fileshare collaboration with native NTFS Active Directory user access permissions, detailed logging, and 4096 bit RSA encryption

Flexible Access to Fileshares Online or On-Premise

Enterprise need to be productive in the office and on the go. Native applications for mobile including, iPhone, iPad and Android enable online access to Windows File Shares while on the road. Users can also quickly access file shares from anywhere using our Mapped Drive or Web Browser Clients with the ability to upload, download, drag and drop and edit online with nothing to install or support. With all access methods, Windows Active Directory folder-based NTFS permissions are natively enforced with the additional security of two factor authentication when file shares are accessed online.