Half of your employees love the file server, since it is fast, easy to use, and centralizes all work files in a single location on the network at the main office. The other half of your workforce likely hate the file server, since they must login to a terminal server or VPN to sync up with the server when they are remote. More often than not, they are missing critical files when they are out in the field. The problem is especially acute for employees who are always remote. Over time, difficulties with remote access cause employees to get out of sync with the rest of the company, leading to data sprawl for corporate documents and to critical content becoming trapped in personal silos.
Fortunately, there is a different way.
GreenLoop’s new GL CloudSync business-class file sync solution includes a groundbreaking feature called File Server Enablement. File Server Enablement seamlessly connects your existing file server(s) to the cloud. Discrete folders from the file server are logically mapped to users and team shares using the sync service. This technology makes all the data from the file server available—in real time—from users’ mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, remote laptops, and home office PCs. As new content is created on mobile devices, the data is instantaneously synced back to the server for accessibility by your in-house employees.
Here are three reasons to consider cloud-connecting your file server:
- End data sprawl
Legacy remote access methods (like VPN) contribute to data sprawl, as users shun the cumbersome process of logging in remotely. Over time, many users will build up large libraries of valuable work product that is less protected because it is housed on a remote PC, rather than synced to the file server. File Server Enablement reverses this trend and provides bi-directional sync between the file server and remote user devices.
- Keep people in sync
Remote employees often have a long list of complaints when it comes to IT support. One of the biggest complaints is the feeling of being out of sync with the rest of the organization. Using GL CloudSync with File Server Enablement, you can level the playing field. Remote employees are now able to access all of their files and team share content from their preferred mobile device. In many organizations, field employees are the closest to the customer, so it makes sense to have these critical team members in sync with the whole company and give them easy access to all the files they need to do their jobs best.
- Empower your employees
Savvy and growth-oriented companies should view their hyper-connected workforce as untapped opportunity. Smartphones and tablets, even if they are BYOD devices and owned by the employee, can vastly improve the productivity of your workforce. The trick is to balance convenience with security when it comes to corporate data. GL CloudSync with File Server Enablement puts corporate data on BYOD devices, but gives administrators critical capabilities to protect your data, including fine-grained audit trails, per user security policies, and remote wipe of lost or stolen devices. The key is to focus on employee empowerment, no matter the device they choose to access corporate data.
Contact us today to find out how GL CloudSync with File Server Enablement can help you better organize your company data, while fully maximizing the power of a mobile-enabled workforce.