The Storage Made Easy File Fabric™ works with over fifty file and object storage systems, both on-premises and on-cloud. Many of these storage systems offer more than one flavour of storage, and by exposing these variations through the File Fabric™ we have been able to help customers realise additional value from their storage providers, in addition to providing a centralised point of compliance and control of corporate data.
Although it is one of more than fifty storage clouds supported by the SME Enterprise File Fabric, Google Drive is not just a storage service. It also provides built-in integration with Google’s Web apps for creating and editing text documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, drawings and maps.
One of our customers, a college in the United States, asked us to look at how they could leverage Google Docs’ application integrations from within Storage Made Easy. In response to this request we implemented two productivity features that allow SME users to integrate Google’s Web based editors into their workflows in novel and useful ways.
Storage Made Easy’s core product proposition is its Enterprise File Fabric product, which unifies an enterprise’s file storage – whether on-premises or in the cloud – providing federated policy and governance for corporate data.
Customers have asked us if we can break out our desktop apps so they can work directly against various enterprise storage products to satisfy lightweight and specific use cases. To that end we are releasing a range of Drives and Explorers that bring object storage directly to the end user’s desktop. There are versions of these tools for a variety of object storage providers such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Red Hat Ceph, Rackspace, Google Storage and others.
Object storage gives the enterprise reliable, low-cost storage of essentially unlimited capacity, providing the perfect platform for big data sets, media stores and other high volume use cases. On its own, though, object storage is a poor fit for end-user use cases such as home directories and departmental shares because it doesn’t integrate with the Windows file system.
To make object storage work for Windows users we created the S3 Drive, a robust, scalable desktop app that turns any S3-compatible storage into a fully functional Windows 7, 8 or 10 filesystem. You can access the S3 Drive from the Windows command line, from any Windows application and through Windows Explorer just like any other drive on your Windows machine. Standard Windows features such as copy-paste and drag-and-drop are supported.