The Barracuda Web Server's WebDAV plugin is secure file sharing software that lets users easily access files on the server from any type of client computer such as from a PC, iPhone, Android, Linux, etc. The file server uses WebDAV which is a set of extensions to the HTTP(S) protocol that allows a web server to appear as a standard network drive. WebDAV clients are native to Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.. No software needs to be installed on the client computer, and one can simply map/mount a drive from one of these operating systems to the WebDAV server.
You may be familiar with sharing files via your company file server using SMB/CIFS on your local Intranet. This is suitable for a closed network, but unsafe over the Internet. WebDAV is different from SMB as it uses HTTP for transporting files and is designed from the ground up to be secure on the internet. The HTTP protocol is the same protocol used by web-browsers. WebDAV can also use HTTPS, secure and encrypted HTTP, allowing no one to eavesdrop on your file transfer. The Secure File Server can bypass company firewalls and proxies since the communication protocol is HTTP. Consequently, it is possible to securely access your files from anywhere.
The WebDAV server is much easier to use than a typical FTP server since you access the remote file server as a standard drive. WebDAV is a more modern protocol than FTP and can be seen as the successor to the FTP protocol.
The one minute video to the right shows how to connect a Windows and Mac computer to our consumer product BarracudaDrive, which includes our WebDAV plugin.
|The WebDAV server can be used "as is" or it can be used in combination with our Web File Manager. The two products, when combined, are referred to as the Web File Server in our documentation. We recommend that you download our BarracudaDrive consumer product for demo purposes. BarracudaDrive includes the Web File Server. We also provide a number of video tutorials that show how to use the Web File Server in BarracudaDrive.|