Windows Cloud Drive &
Folder Synchronization

Have a mapped cloud drive on your Windows desktop as if it were an external remote drive mounted locally. Move your corporate file servers to cloud file servers for easy remote file access and team collaboration.

Windows Desktop with a Cloud Drive

Windows desktop operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 10 are dominating operating systems for the desktop market. Drive letters are one of the most frequently used features on a Windows desktop, including internal hard drives and external USB drives, and among other types of drives. Having a cloud drive over HTTPS(SSL) to map remote cloud storage or remote corporate file server network share into the desktop operating system is cool and easy for users to accept and be productive. It is much easier to use as compared to drive mapping over a VPN. It is also much more productive and more reliable compared to old tools such as FTP file transfer or WebDav drive mapping.

Users like a cloud drive letter on their desktops

Simplify User Training
Every mobile worker knows local drive mapping to access a centralized file server. A mapped cloud drive has the same user experience and saves time and money on user training.
Reduce Costs
A cloud drive mapping supports on-demand access so laptops with smaller SSD drive can see the full scope of the shared cloud drive without locally storing 100% of the cloud drive content. It doesn't force mobile workers to upgrade their remote devices and save money.
Best of Both Worlds
Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity with a drive letter access.
Permission Control
Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from file server.
Endpoint Protection
It is easier to protect a cloud drive mapping than to protect a local synchronization folder. The local folder sits in the hard drive and when the device is stolen, the files and folders are in the wrong hands. On the contrary, a mapped cloud drive will be virtually unplugged when it is not active.
File Locking
File locking is possible with a cloud drive mapping while a local synchronization folder can not provide file locking.

VPN, FTP or WebDav ??

Neither VPN nor FTP or WebDAV is a good solution for Windows desktop to connect to file servers seamlessly. Your mobile workforce prefer Dropbox-style, or OneDrive-Style modern access solution that combines web browser access, desktop/laptop device access and mobile access into one cohesive solution.

Gladinet adds web browser access, desktop/laptop access, mobile access, data protection, cloud migration to your Windows file servers!

Cloud Drive Client Agent Features

Once the Windows client agent software is deployed on users Windows desktop machine, a mapped cloud drive will show up in the Windows operating system as if it were a removable external drive with the following features.

On-Demand Access
User will see the files and folders but the files will only be downloaded when it is required, thus the local hard disk can be much smaller than the full scope of the file server content.
File Locking
Automatic file locking will lock files when users are actively working on them. Manual file locking is also available to check out files and check in files after modification.
Version Control
For files that are changed, previous revisions of the file were stored away in case they will be useful at a later time. Version history and the retention policies are available.
Offline Files
Files and folders that are frequently used can be marked as favorites for offline access. For files marked as offline, they will be pre-fetched into the local cache for later use.
Detect suspicious activity and block ransomware from the endpoint devices. When unusual file modification frequency is detected, protection mechanism will kick in to block out the device.
Reliable Transfer
Unlike VPN connection that may disrupt file transfer when the underlying Internet connection is unstable, extra reliability features were built-in to overcome Internet glitches.
Differential Upload
For large files that has minor local modifications, binary differential blocks will be calculated and the different blocks will be uploaded instead of the while file to save bandwidth and save time.
Endpoint Encryption
For files sitting in the local file cache, encryption is available to protect these files that has been downloaded to local cache. Without a successful login, these files will stay encrypt-at-rest and be protected.
Forensic Trace
Audit traces and file change history logs are available to analyze who, at what time, changed which files on the local machine or moved files and folders from which source to which destination.

Folder Synchronization

Cloud drive mapper and folder synchronization work hand-in-hand to provide additional business continuity features for business users. Synchronize local "Documents" folder to the corporate file servers or cloud file servers for easy offline editing, and with endpoint backup.

Check out the following folder synchronization features!

file synchronization diagram
Offline Editing
Local files can be read and modified when the MacBook is not online.
Version Control
Version control can be used to resolve conflicts with offline editing.
Endpoint Backup
Folders from MacBooks can be backup to central cloud file servers.
Cloud Backup
File server network shared folders can be backup to cloud storage.
Reverse Synchronization
Files and folders in the cloud can be reverse synchronized down to local.
Conflict Detection
Synchronization folder is under version control for conflict detection.
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