How do you solve a problem like DropBox ? (aka securing corporate dropbox accounts)

How do you solve a problem like dropbox?

DropBox has been in the press quite a lot lately with regards to passwords breaches and also with surreptitious behaviour with regard to  machine security on Mac. Although DropBox has started to reassure users with ‘how secure we are‘ type information Corporate IT departments will again feel they have cause for concern with regards any internal corporate use of DropBox.

So the key question we are trying here is ‘just do do you solve a problem like Dropbox‘ ? Indeed this is a slightly unfair question in that it is using DropBox to make a point and the reality is we could have picked on one of several cloud storage services as Corporate IT has misgivings with anything Cloud when it relates to files.

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Securing Storage Made Easy with Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. Let’s Encrypt is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). Lets-Encrypt-SME

Read more at About Let’s Encrypt

Storage Made Easy recommends all traffic to be secured with encryption, as a matter of fact, by default we enforce the user of HTTPS communication. That said the software ships with self-signed certificates, to get you started, and when you first connect you will be greeted by an Invalid Certificate message in most browsers as self-signed is fine for pre-production, setup and testing but real certificates need to be added for production. In this post I will show you how to setup a free of charge, trusted certificate with our product.

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Webinar: An Introduction to the Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Share and Sync Fabric

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SME Webinar

With the world growing increasingly data-rich, customers are looking for tools to access data at any time, whilst also being as secure as possible.

Storage Made Easy provides a comprehensive control and management solution with the most enriched cloud computing features to enable secure cloud collaboration across data points for corporations.

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Publish Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) as Cloud Storage using the SME Enterprise Sync and Share Fabric – Part 2

In part 1, we set up the SME appliance with a Microsoft DFS Storage Provider. Today we will continue the setup, enabling AD user authentication, corporate shares, department shares, and home directories for each user.

Prerequisites

This article assumes you followed along in Part 1 and met the prerequisites there, in addition you’ll need a few more shares configured on your fileserver, and a few users and groups configured in Active Directory.

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Introducing the lower-level Ceph Rados connector

Red Hat Ceph StorageFor a while now, Storage Made Easy has had support for the  Red Hat Ceph Storage platform. For this particular integration, Storage Made Easy made use of the Red Hat Ceph Rados Gateway, which is an abstraction on top of the Red Hat Ceph Rados platform, that provides protocol adaptors for S3 and OpenStack Swift.

 

Many of our customers however choose not to deploy the Rados Gateway alongside their Ceph clusters, but still want to make use of the great enterprise file share and sync fabric that Storage Made Easy provides. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Storage Made Easy has now released a Ceph Rados connector that can work directly with the Ceph Rados platform (using it’s librados API).

Our new connector uses their librados APIs, which gives us lower level access to the Ceph Rados storage. We recently announced that the Université of Lorraine have chosen Storage Made Easy as their enterprise file share and sync fabric, in which they will be one of our first customers using this new connector.

Storage Made Easy will continue to offer and support the  Red Hat Ceph Storage connector that uses the Rados Gateway. If you are interested in our new connector, utilising Red Hat Ceph Storage Rados directly, please contact support@storagemadeeasy.com.

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Working with Amazon S3 IAM User Profiles and SME Enterprise File Share and Sync

Amazon S3 FolderAlthough Storage Made Easy supports sophisticated permissions for Amazon S3, AWS provides the ability to setup specific profiles using Amazon IAM (Identity and Account Management).

If you have  existing users setup using Amazon S3 profiles via IAM, in which they have been set specific permissions to access a bucket, for use with SME EFSS you will need to generate a keypair for each user. Continue reading →

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