Share large files securely and without delay

July 2024 Infrastructure, Products & Solutions

Rudi Jansen van Vuuren

Files connect people and their professional input. But most collaborative file-storage services are complicated, expensive, or lack enough security features – all ill-suited for digital workflows.

Different responsibilities often converge through files: a spreadsheet between logistic teams, a CAD file between architects and builders, video footage shared between camera crews and editors, design layouts between marketing leads and their designers, or security footage between digital cameras and security teams.

Yet, sharing files, particularly large ones, creates several problems and risks. Uploading a large file takes time, which delays turnaround by hours. There are headaches, such as version control and ensuring only the right people have access at the right time.

Running costs are another common concern: teams either pay handsomely for a storage system, or they consider it a luxury and try to make things work by cobbling together different solutions. That approach includes many risks, yet still doesn't deliver on features such as file streaming and encrypted transfers.

Overall, collaboratively sharing files has many barriers, which prompted StorVault to develop FileSpace.

"Many people use file sharing platforms that are often insecure, lack good access controls, or charge different fees for access and moving data," said Rudi Jansen van Vuuren, StorVault South Africa's General Manager. "We designed FileSpace as an alternative to the local office file server or using other online storage spaces, giving more control and speed to our customers so they can share their important files on their terms and schedules."

StorVault's FileSpace is an agent-secured service that extends FileSpace's secure cloud storage into local storage. FileSpace stores files in the cloud and streams that data to authorised recipients. It delivers the content quickly onto recipients' local shares so they can start to access those files without waiting for the entire package to download. Every authorised person can access the relevant files on their local instance, controlled by granular access permissions and managed through a central dashboard.

To ensure value and lower costs, FileSpace charges only for storage—there are no surprises such as egress/date movement fees or additional payments for every added user. Some features include:

• No need for file servers or VPNs: Files are uploaded via a locally installed agent that encrypts the data.

• Fully cloud-native: FileSpace needs only a software agent on user machines; everything else is kept in secure cloud storage.

• Local device access: The agent software turns FileSpace's cloud storage into a local device for convenient access.

• Complete access control: Uploaders can set access permissions for files, including access, editing, and copying.

• Secure and encrypted: FileSpace adheres to numerous security and file handling standards, such as ISO 27001.

• Licensed per terabyte: No charges for data egress, number of users, or installed agents.

• Flexible: Depending on a customer's needs, FileSpace can use different cloud infrastructure to accommodate very large files or lower-cost at-scale storage.

• Backups: The FileSpace service creates regular backup snapshots, which users can recover using the self-service platform.

• Developed for SA: Powered by LucidLink, FileSpace is designed for the South African market, and backed by local experts and support teams.

• Multi-platform: Support for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

• Self-service control: A dashboard provides complete centralised administration and file management.

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