Among the big three public cloud storage services, Amazon S3, Azure Blob Storage and Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 API has more developer support since it came to the market first. Google cloud storage came to the market later than Amazon S3 but it supports Amazon S3 compatible API so most of the developer tools can simply re-compile with a different API end point to support Google cloud storage.
CentreStack is more a business solution than a simple tool for Google cloud storage. CentreStack solution can migrate local file server shares gradually into Google cloud storage, while at the same time, allowing secure remote access to the file shares and also enabling cloud file sharing on top of the Google cloud storage. After all, it becomes a hybrid cloud file server solution built on top of Google cloud storage.
Install CentreStack File Server Agent on the file server that will migrate to Google cloud over time. Files inside the selected network shares will be synchronized over to Google cloud storage and at the same time, the Active Directory user identity and the related permission settings are synchronized over to Google cloud storage
If the file server is in the same network as the CentreStack server, a direct connection is also possible (see Option #2).
If you've already migrated local file server data into the Google cloud, CentreStack provides a direct file access solution from remote devices and mobile devices.
CentreStack file server integration and enablement installs agent software on your file server or directly mounts your file server's network share into CentreStack when direct access is available. It intelligently manages local and cloud storage together to provide a range of cloud enablement options.
Most importantly, the active directory security and NTFS permission model is maintained as if it was never changed. And drive mapping functionality is maintained so end users get a familiar drive letter to access files from remote locations. File locking is also maintained for multiple users collaborating on the same file at the same time.
File server network shares are synchronized to Google cloud storage to provide a secure access solution for Windows mapped drives, Mac Finder mounted volumes, iOS and Android.
In addition, the folders on the user's PC can be backup to Google cloud storage as well.
With a mapped drive, it is very easy to access Google cloud storage from Windows Explorer.
CentreStack file server agent will synchronize local file shares, local Active Directory identity and local permissions to Google cloud storage, in preparation for a hybrid cloud file server setup.
Create a centralized file repository unifying different file servers from multiple remote offices into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration with a distributed cloud file system backed by Google cloud storage.
If you already migrated your local file server AS-IS into Google Cloud, you can use CentreStack to present a server-in-the-cloud view for you, by adding secure remote access and file sharing features on top of your existing file servers.