Introducing Filebox, making email data available to the Organisation

We’ve rolled out a feature update in the SMEStorage Gateway platform today that enables our individual users and also companies using our Organisation Cloud to bring email data and attachments closer to their storage clouds.

For individuals one of the frustrations of managing data is making sure you have it where you want it, being able to share and the ability store it with other pertinent information. Sometimes email is the right way of doing this, but in many cases it is not.

Organisations have different challenges. Having emails in inboxes appertaining to Marketing, or Hunan Resources, or clients is fine, but it’s easy for this to be ‘lost’ in some users inbox and not available to the whole department. FileBox changes this because it allocates a unique email to each Organisation Folder is created and each user of the Organisation Cloud can send or CC an email to this folder and the email will be stored as a text along with any attachments so that it is instantly stored in the correct place and available to all Organisation users.

The way this works is as follows:

1. Users have an extra setting in their My Account-> Options page which appertains to Filebox

2. The user is given the option of assigning a keyword to the email address so that the end email address become filebox.<keyword>

3. This is your unique address to send or forward an email. All emails that are received to this address that are sent from your registered SMEStorage email address will be added to a folder called “My Filebox”

4. You can choose whether just to store emails or emails and attachments.

5. Within the Filebox folder the subject line of the email will become a folder name and within this will be stored the email, as a text file, and any attachments if this is the configuration you chose.

Organisation Admins get some extra features from the ‘Org Folders’ sidebar options. Here Admins can also choose the keywords for the Organisation Folders they have created so that email information and attachments can be sent directly to this folder. As with the Individual use, the subject line becomes the folder name. In the example below we have four Org folders, two of which are mapped to Amazon S3 and two of which are mapped to Google Docs.

Folders can be mapped to different to storage clouds so ultimately your data will end up storage on the storage cloud of your choice.

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Using Amazon S3 with the SME Cloud Gateway Appliance is now free !

From today, using your own Amazon S3 keys is not free ! Previously the only way to use Amazon S3 with SMEStorage was to sign up for the Individual Lifetime Cloud package which gives you access to up to 10 storage clouds in one virtual view, and also our comprehensive windows tools.

Amazon S3 includes support for buckets from all regions and also supports visual RRS and RRS conversion as well as managed file encryption, and the integration with services such as Zoho and Picnik for in-browser document  and image editing. We also provide a free Windows Cloud Dashboard to work with your files. Unlike other Amazon S3 tools our aim is to present a business overlay on top of Amazon S3 rather than a complete tech view that other tools and providers support.

SMEStorage Windows Cloud Dashboard

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iSMEStorage Cloud Storage Virtualisation App for iPad is in the App Store !

iSMEStorage 1.40 update has been approved by Apple and brings with it support for the iPad and IOS 4.

iSMEStorage for iPad enables you to seamlessly access multiple cloud storage services using only the iPad. Files are displayed in a Virtual Cloud File System (VCFS) and can be managed using directly using the iPad. Visually each Cloud Provided in the file system is now distinguishable by the relevant cloud logo.

Cloud Storage Services supported include Google Docs, Amazon S3, MobileMe,  SkyDrive, Live Mesh, Mezeo, Rackspace Cloud Files,, Gmail (GDrive), Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP Clouds, and also any cloud accessible via WebDav.

Files from all Clouds can be opened within SMEStorage and saved locally or can be opened in any other application that has support for document sharing. This means you can office docs from any cloud in Documents-to-Go or QuickOffice for example.

The Application has many business and collaboration features and you can check out a video of the iPad application below.

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SME enhance Amazon S3 RRS Bucket and file conversion with visual identification of RRS files

As per our prior blog post, we added support for users who use Amazon S3 with their own keys to be able convert Amazon S3 buckets and files to Amazons new Reduced Redundancy Storage, which can results in some big savings from a cost perspective.

Since then, we’ve had lots of our individual professional and business users want two extra things:

1. The ability to convert individual files

2. The ability to visually see which files are RRS S3 files.

In the last revision of our platform which was upgraded last night we added both these features. If you add files to the Cloud Clipboard, you can now choose to have these processed as RRS files. This is done from My Account->Providers->Amazon S3-Settings.

Once converted the files look different from normal Amazon S3 files which have the Amazon logo as they have a small red identifier in the bottom left corner to mark them out as RRS files. You can of course choose to convert individual files or buckets back from RRS to S3 any time you wish

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SME now offers 500MB free on Amazon S3 !

Today we increased the amount of free space we give to new users from 250MB to 500MB. This storage space is hosted on the Amazon S3 Cloud. We also retrospectively applied this to all existing accounts! You can choose to get 500MB free solely on Amazon S3 or you can choose to combine this with, RackSpace, or GMail (GDrive) accounts so that you can aggregate the storage space you have and view it from one file system.

If you ever choose to register for a premium account you can access up to 10 storage clouds from one Virtual Cloud File Systems (VCFS) giving you an amazing amount of aggregated storage.

Also unlike other Cloud companies that deal with data, we’ll let you get your data out anytime you want. You can use our Cloud Exchange to export your data to your own Amazon S3 account should you later get one, or you can export it to over 10 0ther Storage Clouds that we support, including Google Docs, RackSpace, MobileMe, SkyDrive etc.

At SMEStorage we are all about the Data Access, not the storage. Storage is a commodity. It is how you can access it and what you can do with it that counts.

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SME adds Amazon RRS support with additional options for conversion

Amazon S3 Redundancy Storage (RRS) that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than the standard storage of Amazon S3. The RRS option stores objects on multiple devices across multiple facilities, providing 400 times the durability of a typical disk drive, but does not replicate objects as many times as standard Amazon S3 storage does, and thus is even more cost effective.

We’ve now added support for Amazon RRS to our Amazon S3 cloud storage management for our customers who use Amazon S3 with their own keys through the Individual Lifetime Cloud Account.

To configure an existing S3 bucket to use RRS for new uploads go to:

My Account->Providers->Amazon S3->settings->Manage buckets/containers

Select the default storage option for any of the buckets (Standard or RRS).  If you choose ‘RRS’ from that point on any new uploaded data to that bucket will use RRS.

To convert your existing data to use RRS again go to:

My Account->Providers->Amazon S3->settings->Convert files storage type

  • Select the bucket you want to convert from the drop down list
  • Select the storage option (RRS or Standard)
  • Select all files from bucket
  • and then press convert files all the files in that bucket are converted to  the chosen storage option

If you want to convert individual files from different buckets then you can also add the files you want to convert to the cloud clipboard when in the Cloud File Manager.  When you then process the convert this will change the storage option for the files you have in the clipboard.

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Cloud Storage update

A lot has been going on in the world of Cloud Storage in the last 24 hours ! Amazon have introduced a new storage option for Amazon S3 called Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than the standard storage of Amazon S3. We’ll be adding the ability to take advantage of RRS into our S3 solution in the next couple of weeks and will provide more details when this is done.

It seems that Google is also going to have a Google Storage solution similar to Amazon S3. Google is positioning this as a direct competitor with Amazon’s S3 cloud storage and the service will be called Google Storage for Developers, or ‘GS’.  We look forward to this launch. We already support a very fully-featured version of Google Docs and we will also  add support for this GS cloud as soon as it is available.

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