New – Edit your documents with Microsoft Office Online and the File Fabric

Sometimes, editing documents can be a pain. Your colleague might ask you to add something to a document, but to edit it, you need to download it, open it, edit the document, save it, re-upload it. You then might have the email exchange of why it won’t open on their machine but it  does open fine on yours. It’s a hassle. But there is an easier way.

The Storage Made Easy File Fabric have teamed up with Microsoft Office 365 to bring a valuable new feature to the File Fabric, which enables you to edit documents online through the File Fabric, using Microsoft Office online  tools. This means that, you can edit files directly in the file fabric, using your favourite programmes, such as Word or Excel, from almost any cloud storage (the File Fabric support over 60 !).

You can even collaborate on documents at the same time, using the new Office Online feature, meaning you will be able to see real-time updates to documents when you have them open.

To be able to use this new feature on the File Fabric, you must have a valid Office 365 subscription.

Check out this video below.

Don’t have access to the File Fabric yet? Why not click here to find out more.

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Exploring The Deployment Topologies and Service Offerings for the Enterprise File Fabric

Storage Made Easy offers three different hosting models for its Enterprise File FabricTM product solutions.

Below are some notes to help understand the choices and decide which offering  may be best suited  for an organization.

** Please note that the aim of the post is not establish the value proposition for the File  Fabric itself but rather outline which of the various deployment options would be most suitable for company.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

The SaaS service is a widely shared multi-tenant service accessed over the Internet.  The  SaaS service is hosted  in the United States and also in the UK.  The two installations are completely separate, and customers can choose to centre an account in either region or indeed have two separate accounts in each region.

The SaaS service is suitable for organizations with from one to around twenty users. It is the most economical option for small businesses.  SaaS works well for moderate workloads, but is inappropriate for high volume data uses cases, and additionally certain kinds of automated workflows and situations where consistent performance is required.

Most File FabricTM features are available to SaaS users but enterprise features, such as Enterprise Content Search and Enterprise Content Discovery for example, are not available with SaaS. That is not to say you cannot search across Clouds for documents. with the SaaS service, you can, you just cannot search the contents of documents stored on the various clouds. To achieve this you would need to use IaaS or On-Premises product solutions.


The on-premises offering allows customers to run their own File FabricTM instances in their own data centres (conventional or cloud).  On-premises is intended for organisations that have IT system management capabilities.

All of the File Fabric’sTM features are available with the on-premises offering, and it can be deployed in a wide range of configurations for scaling, load balancing and high availability, either single GEO, or across GEO’s.

On-premises installations give customers complete control over their installations, and can scale to tens or hundreds of thousands of users either for a single company or for any companies in a multi-tenanted fashion.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

With the IaaS service each customer organization gets its own dedicated File FabricTM installation, hosted in one of several leading third party virtual private server environments – including a G-Cloud-approved option – and managed by Storage Made Easy.

IaaS installations can be provided in a wide variety of sizes to handle different workloads, and all of the File Fabric’sTM features are available to IaaS customers.  Every IaaS system is fitted with Storage Made Easy’s customized production monitoring software that alerts our support team instantly if anything goes wrong with your File FabricTM.

IaaS provides enterprise grade scalability and control in a managed service package that frees your IT staff of the system management workload.

This brief overview should give you a basic understanding of the three File FabricTM deployment models that are available to your organization, and help you determine which one one best meets your requirements.

For more information about these options and the Enterprise File FabricTM, please contact us at

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Object Storage Drive vs. Object Storage Explorer: The Case for Using Both

At Storage Made Easy we are best known for our Enterprise File FabricTM, but we also sell desktop only Drives and dedicatedaApplication Explorers that make using object storage systems such as S3 and compatibles, Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage and OpenStack Swift, from the Windows desktop, simple.  These desktop tools don’t need or use the File Fabric; you just install them, point them directly at your storage (on-premises or on-cloud) and they are ready for use.

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File Fabric Feature Focus – File Sharing Link Security and Governance

One of the challenges that many companies face with regards to Governance and Compliance is that of understanding why shared links were created and shared, something we refer to as Shared Link Contexts.

This is important not only for organisational security but is also effective when  there is a requirement to respond to the ‘why’ data was shared aspect of information compliance.

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File Fabric Feature Focus – CloudZip provides zipped downloads of folders

We recently rolled out a brand new feature that we would like to highlight, called CloudZip.

CloudZip enables users to download zipped copies of their folders in .zip, .tar, or .tar.gz formats.

Ito works for any of the on-premises or on-cloud endpoints that are mapped to a File Fabric Account.

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File Fabric Feature Focus – Collaborating on the move using FileBox

The File Fabric has lots of hidden cool features that are very powerful and as a part of a new series of posts on File Fabric features we are going to kick off with a feature called ‘FileBox’.

FileBox is a feature that enables files to be emailed, from any standard email client, directly into any FileBox nominated folder, or shared team folder.

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