FileCloud is a highly scalable on-premises, self-hosted Enterprise File Sharing and Sync solution.
A private cloud solution such as FileCloud offers the same features and advantages of public cloud services, but doesn’t have many of the drawbacks of cloud computing services which includes:
- Issues related to control over critical enterprise and customer data
- Concerns about security
- Issues connected to regulatory compliance for many industries
FileCloud allows you to run your own private cloud storage and sync solution for your employees, customers and clients allowing complete control of your organizational data. FileCloud also allows you to expose your existing organizational folder and file shares (Windows NTFS File Shares, CIFS, NFS etc) outside via a web portal and via mobile apps without using VPN.
The Underlying Architecture
FileCloud software is typically installed on a server (Linux or Windows). There is an admin portal to configure and manage the system.
Once configured, users can access the FileCloud installation using:
- Web browsers
- Mobile apps
- Desktop sync clients to keep their desktop folders in sync
See a quick video on the FileCloud Architecture basics.
FileCloud can manage and make available two types of storage:
Managed Storage (My Files):
Managed File ( My Files) Storage is the fully managed storage that is maintained by FileCloud. Users get storage quotas and can access, share, sync all files in the managed storage. This is available in the "My Files" section.
Admins can optionally make available existing organizational folder shares available via FileCloud. Such shares can be access via web browser or mobile apps for instant remote access where ever you are. This is available in the "Network Shares" section.
See a quick video on the differences between Managed Storage and Network Shares.
|Feature||Managed Storage||Network Shares|
|Connection||HDD, NAS Drive, Network Folder, OpenStack, Amazon S3||Network Folder|
Scheduled sync 30 mins, 60 mins etc.
|Offline Access||Yes via Sync App||Yes via Sync App's Offline Access|
|Read NTFS Permissions||NA||Yes|
|Previous Versions Support||Yes||Yes|
|Recycle Bin Support||Yes||Yes|
|ServerLink Support||Yes (starting with 12.0)||No|
|Text Search||Yes||Yes, when indexing is enabled|
|Limits||--||Subject to 256 max path limits when network shares are in Windows|
|Server sync||Yes (starting with 17.3)||No|
|MetaData||Yes (starting with 18.1)||Yes|
For small deployments, you can use FileCloud with Local Storage configuration.
For larger deployments, you would want to use redundant object storage systems like open stack or Amazon S3.
We also recommend using a HA configuration with a database cluster when running a system with many users.