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Article Summary

CTERA Portal can deliver cloud services to desktop, server, and mobile endpoints. CTERA Portal connects to the following devices:

Throughout this guide, the term device refers generically to a CTERA Gateway, CTERA Agent, or CTERA Mobile.

The portal ensures data consistency, maintains version history, and facilitates file sharing among users, regardless of their access method. Both global source-based deduplication and data compression are used to ensure that only incremental data changes are transferred for storage in the cloud, and that data blocks are stored only once. This dramatically reduces storage capacity needs and overall network traffic.

CTERA Edge Filers (Gateways)

CTERA Gateways are physical or virtual appliances appliances that seamlessly combine local storage, cloud storage, data protection functionality and collaboration capabilities in a single, cost-effective package. Ideal for enterprise branches, SMBs and remote offices, CTERA Agents can replace legacy file servers and tape backup in a single solution with significant cost savings.

CTERA Gateways feature a full set of Network Attached Storage (NAS) capabilities and comprehensive backup and sync and share functionalities, utilizing on-premises storage capabilities for speed and local sharing, while taking advantage of cloud storage for off-site backup, universal access, file sharing, and folder synchronization.

CTERA Gateways are managed remotely by CTERA Portal. Template-based management and remote firmware upgrades make it possible to manage numerous gateways while maintaining minimal on-site IT and reducing total cost of ownership.

CTERA Gateways include physical appliances and virtual appliances.

CTERA Drive Connect

CTERA Drive Connect enables you to easily view all files on your CTERA Portal storage in Windows File Explorer or macOS Finder. Using CTERA Drive Connect you mount your CTERA Portal cloud drive as a disk in Windows File Explorer or macOS Finder so you can work on it as a local volume.

CTERA Drive Connect caches content from the portal so that all your cloud drive content in the portal, cloud folders you own and the files and folders shared with you under Shared With Me, are presented as stubs on your local disk, with ACLs fully supported.

CTERA Drive (Agents)

CTERA Agents are small-footprint endpoint clients that support accelerated remote file access, data protection and file sharing, for users desktops and laptops, as well as mobile apps such as smartphones. .

CTERA Agents are available for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms, and are licensed for either laptop/desktop use or for servers. In all cases they provide file sync and backup capabilities. 

CTERA Agents can be managed remotely by CTERA Portal, where all aspects of backup, sync and agent setup can be monitored and configured from a single console, including software upgrades.

CTERA Mobile

CTERA Mobile for iOS and Android mobile devices, such as tablets and phones, is an Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) app that enables business users to access their files in the cloud securely and view, edit, and store them in the cloud where they can be shared with colleagues, partners and customers.

Users can also easily create and/or update MS Office files online, upload files, such as photos and documents, all directly from their mobile device to their cloud drive.

CTERA Mobile works in tandem with CTERA Portal to provide access to private folders and team project workspaces, as well as the ability to view and download backup files and synced content.

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