What is a File Server?

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A file server is a central storage with team collaboration features. Secure file server provides remote file access to teams on authorized devices to collaborate easily on business files. A file server like File Cloud also provides secure document management, secure file sharing and content collaboration.

Granular Permissions and Low Latency Access

A secure file server can be accessed by user authentication, but also has specific permission structure for individual files and individual folders. A file server allows a client device (like an employee laptop/ desktop) to add a network file system in order to access files remotely. Traditional file servers are not as fast or have low latency, but File Cloud file server provides faster file access and low latency file sharing.

Types of File Sharing

File transfer protocol programs (FTP):

The most common file transfer system on the internet to date is known as the File Transfer Protocol or FTP. FTP is used to access or edit files among a set number of users with a password. The users can then gain access to the files shared from an FTP server site. Many FTP sites offer public file sharing or allow users to view or download files using a public password.

Peer-to-peer networks:

Peer-to-peer networking involves computer hardware and software to communicate without the need for a central server. This type of file sharing indicates the direction of digital files over a p2p network where the files are located on one’s computer and shared with other members rather than on the main server.

Removable storage media:

Unlike RAM, this involves anything that can be physically removed from a device or computer. The user can transfer or insert files from their device onto the removable storage media and then physically hand it to whomever they would like to share the files with. These can include an FTP server for security purposes, asking for a valid login and password from others to allow access.

Online file sharing services:

Online file sharing services include web services that allow users to store or share data on the internet for personal or professional use. One member may upload photos, documents, PDFs, etc. to an online file sharing platform which allows others to download these files using the same platform.