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.
When 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.