Google Nearline which enables customers to store data that is long-lived but infrequently accessed. Nearline data has the same durability and comparable availability as Standard storage but with lower storage costs. You can read the Google Nearline white paper for more details.
At Storage Made Easy we recently announced the support of Google Nearline and the purpose of this post is to step through how to use Google Nearline with the SME solution.
To being with you will need a Google Storage Account. Once you have signed up for a Google Storage Account you should create a Google Nearline Storage bucket from the Google Developers Console:
Once a Nearline bucket is created, all bucket and object operations are exactly the same as with the standard storage class. New objects in the bucket, from a user perspective, are transparently stored with the Nearline configuration, and billing for these objects will be reflected in the lowered prices.
Once a Google Storage Account is configured it can be used with the Storage Made Easy service.
To add Google Storage to an Accounts simply visit the Cloud DashBoard and choose to add a new Cloud Provider:
Once this is done a wizard will be invoked:
You will need an “Access Key” and a “Secret Key” to connect SME with a Google Cloud Storage account.
To obtain these keys navigate to the Google DashBoard and and under the ‘Storage’ section click on ‘Storage Access’ in the left sidebar and from the subsequent screen ‘Interoperability’. Turn on interoperability and then generate the keys.
After entering the keys and proceeding with the wizard you can select the buckets you wish to be able to use in the SME system:
Select the Nearline bucket that you configured earlier ensuring the checkbox and radio button are checked.
After clicking ‘continue’ any data that exists in the Nearline bucket will be indexed (metadata only for quick access to listings) and once complete a report generate.
The Nearline Bucket is now available for use with the Storage Made Easy Solution. and is available in the web file manager and from all the SME Client Apps.
If you wish to manage/add buckets for Google Storage be they standard buckets, reduced redundancy buckets, or Google Nearline buckets, you can do so by visiting the SME DashBoard and choosing the settings of the Google Storage provider.
At this point the system is set for Google Storage Nearline to be used with the SME system. It can be used to drag and drop or migrate files from other storage providers or it can be used directly as Cloud File Server. Even with the slight delays that accessing this type of tiered storage had, the results are more than acceptable given the cost.by
For those who use the Enterprise File Share and Sync service from Storage Made Easy they will know that as part of the Windows and Mac desktop tools that are provided that there is a n email toolbar integration into Mac Mail and Microsoft Outlook that enables users to securely share file links rather than file attachments.
This support for secure email link sharing has now been extended for Chrome users using Gmail using the Storage Made Easy Gmail Plugin available from the Chrome web store.
Once added this provides a new toolbar entry when composing Gmail’s on Chrome:
Once selected this prompts the user to log into their SME Account, if SaaS, or the user can set their custom endpoint if using the SME On-Site Enterprise File Share and Sync solution:
Once logged in the user is presented with their mapped clouds:
From here files can be shared as links can be shared from any of the mapped cloud directories:
If a cloud governance file policy has been set by the Cloud Administrator for the team account then the details here will be pre-populated otherwise options can be chosen prior to link generation. After this when share is clicked, the link is added to the email:
When the link is shared, if Auditing is turned on within the SME Account, then the link generation will be recorded in the Audit log and once the remote user opens the link the remote IP address will also be recorded.
**Note: only team and on-premise accounts provide the Audit featuresby
We have introduced a new feature into the Storage Made Easy platform which enables cloud users to share external folders to other users who will not need a SME Account to gain access to those folders. The feature enables the creation of a secure shared link that is password protected and can be time expired.
The video below shows the feature in action.
Midnight Commander is probably the most popular command line file manager in the world, and certainly for Linux distros. Its design was initially inspired by the classic two pane interface that was found in Norton Commander which was a DOS file manager (for those who remember !).
One of the unsung features of the Midnight Commander (also available on other platforms including phones (I used to use this on my old Nokia N900) and windows and mac) is that it can connect to server over FTP.
This is interesting from a Storage Made Easy viewpoint as although SME providers a full suite of Linux tools, SME also provider protocol interoperability as part of its Cloud Gateway features. What is this I hear you ask ? Well, simply put, it enables files you have stored on public or private storage to be accessible over any of the protocols Storage Made Easy exposes ie FTP, FTPS, WebDav, S3, SFTP.
Midnight Commander supports the FTP protocol which makes it easy to get direct access to any storage that is added to a SME Account using the SME FTP cloud protocol adaptor. To do this:
Choose the Left or Right option
Choose FTP link
Enter connection to SME as follows:
or if you are using the SME EU Server:
The net result is a very easy way to bring the cloud into the linux desktop integrated with tools you already know and use. This can be used with the SME Personal CLoud plan, Business Team, and on-site enterprise editions of the product.by
Storage Made Easy have now made live a new SFTP protocol adaptor. SFTP is one of the two primary technologies for secure FTP networking, the other being FTPS, which Storage Made Easy already supports (along with FTP, WebDav, Secure WebDav and S3).
The primary reason we investigated implementing SFTP is due to a government POC in which access was required to secure AWSGov Cloud files from medical terminals. This was the primary requirement, but because Storage Made Easy works with almost any back-end Cloud. once added, it can be used as protocol gateway for any cloud mapped to an account, note that the Port is 2200
Below is an example of using the SFTP protocol to access a Storage Made Easy account using Transmit (a Mac App).
Once connected, all data and mapped clouds are accessible.
Access can also be done directly from the command line.
Once connected we can do an ls to get a file listing.
Once connected the view of the files is similar to our earlier UI view.
To find out more about the SME protocol gateway feature that is part of the SME solution please check out the below video.
SFTP Cloud files Access is available for Storage Made Easy IaaS or on-site users.by
We have added a new feature to the Storage Made Easy platform, real time document collaboration. This is available for team account or Enterprise File Share and Sync on-premise users. It enables real time document editing between team members when inline editing using the web document editor. It enables multiple users to open a document at the same time, and enables with everyone to contribute and/or review the document in real time.
This editing facility is available for any document in any cloud that is mapped to work with SME, be it public or private storage (for EFSS on-site users).
The below video shows the feature in action.by
If you have come across this post whilst researching how to access other storage clouds from Transmit then have a look at our Getting Started Guide to show you how you can register for a free account and get on with mapping your chosen Storage Cloud to the SME Cloud Gateway. When you are ready you can register for a free account here.
As many of you who use it know, CloudDav, from SME adds a WebDav layer over any Cloud, even if the underlying clouds do not support WebDav. SME does no however allow the native Mac WebDav client to connect direct because the performance of the native Mac WebDav client is notoriously abysmal for those with large amounts of files.
You can however choose to use other Mac clients to connect to the Cloud Providers that you have mapped to the SME Gateway. We highlighted Forklift as such a client in a prior post, and you can also choose to use Transmit from Panic.
Once you have CloudDav enabled you can choose to access your clouds, mapped via the SME Gateway, through Transmit. First choose to connect over WebDav as in the screenshot below:
You can then choose to connect directly inside of Transmit or as a Virtual Drive that will appear in Finder.
Transmit also has a very nice sync feature that will sync between folder structures. In this way you can sync files with Transmit and SME from different Cloud Storage Providers to your desktop.
Initial view before Sync
The Sync screen after choosing Sync
The Sync Simulation
SME CloudDav is available with every account, even free accounts, although on free accounts it is restricted to 150MB of use per month. The CloudDav protocol Adaptor is just one of the protocol adaptors that SME provides, the others being FTP, SFTP and a compatible S3 API. All protocol adaptors are available in the Storage Made Easy Enterprise edition as part of the Cloud Gateway which the SME Enterprise File Share and Sync is built upon.by