Hi, I’m James, a Senior Developer at Storage Made Easy. As a developer, I often look for ways to reduce coupling in the tools and technologies that we use, and I see this from the low level code that we write, to the higher-level architectural choices we make.
I am Zaeem, SME’s Pre Sales Executive. I was asked to share my favourite SME feature with you all, so I thought hard about what was it for me that really stood out.
From the colossal arsenal of features like locking, client tools, file-sharing annotations, auditing, AD integration …….. so on and so forth. I had to pick one, but it was not that difficult for me, to decide what I think is one of the best, if not the best feature. My winner is Folder Permissions. Continue reading →
As more and more companies use the Cloud to replace their existing file server the need for similar functionality to that which existed on-premise becomes important. Once such features is file locking.
File locking simply allows a user to lock a file whilst updating to prevent another user editing the same file. If locking does not exist then at worse conflicts occur, at best file updates get overwritten and perhaps even lost. It is a key piece of a collaboration experience.
Storage Made Easy private enterprise file share and sync solution fully supports file locking through all of its web, desktop and mobile clients. When a file is locked, other users only have read only access to it.
In addition to locking, file versioning goes hand in hand as a key feature. Versioned files are files that have been superseded by newer files but which can be kept for audit or archived purposes and which can later be promoted to replace newer version of a file if needed. Storage Made Easy EFSS solution provides full support for both of these features using its unique visual versioning feature.
The problem with current file sync and share solutions is they miss many of the features needed to really use them as a file server replacement. This do not just include locking and versioning, but also CIFS access from the desktop, file event audit, access over common protocols such as WebDav or FTP, ability to be deployed private and to work with other storage clouds or data points, solve the shadow IT problem etc. The solution from most solution providers is the “my cloud is better than their cloud” approach i.e.. “move to my solution as we have that feature”. This promotes more silos and exacerbates sprawl.
The Storage Made Easy is storage independent and promote interoperability and integration, working with any combination of storage points, be they public or private, so if you have existing solutions that require global locking, versioning, event Audit, Cloud Governance, amongst other things, SME can help.
In summary For companies that have data stored in the cloud, in one or more storage providers, global file locking and versioning should be considered a mandatory feature for enterprise file share and sync.
Google Calendar can be added as a “Widget” to a Storage Made Easy Team account. Team accounts are available on Business SaaS, IaaS and Enterprise versions of Storage Made Easy.
Widgets are small self-contained Apps that can be added to your home page, and Google Calendar is an option when you add a Widget.
Choosing the Google Calendar Widget presents a screen to add a Calendar ID and a link to a short 10 second video showing you how to find this from your Google Account:
Once the Calendar is entered the Google Calendar is displayed:
The view can be changed to a daily event list as needed:
Calendars are only one of the widgets that can be added. Other’s include RSS and Twitter widgets and even custom designed widgets.
There are a lot of articles about document collaboration and project collaboration from a variety of vendors but rarely do they talk about bookmark or web links collaboration which is can often be a key part of any project.
This blog post will outline how easy this is with Storage Made Easy in which it can be done against any Storage back-end, be that a consumer storage cloud such as DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive etc or a business or private back end storage cloud such as OpenStack Swift, Cloudian, CleverSafe, Amazon S3, RackSpace etc. In all more than 45 different private and public storage clouds are supported.
– A Storage Made Easy Business or on-premise account
– The Storage Made Easy web collaborations links plug-in available from the SME Cloud Tools Page.
We will be using a Storage Made Easy SaaS business Account to demonstrate this functionality.
First we simply add the Collaboration links plugin to our web browser. In this case it is Safari but Chrome and Firefox are also supported.
Once logged in all the folders from the various private and public cloud repositories are available to capture / bookmark links.
Once you find a page you want to add to your team repository you can use the Collaboration Links plugin to capture it.
In our case this in iOS 7 page on multi-tasking that the iOS Dev team would be interested in.
If we log directly into the Cloud File Server from the web (or any of the mobile tools or desktop clients) I see the link I just shared in my team folder. Any team member can launch the link or visit the site by double clicking on the link. I can also choose to collaborate on it with other team members by adding comments.
These comments are shown on all devices and the team users who have permissions to the folder/file receive an email notification that there is a comment for review:
As usual with StorageMadeEasy all the events related to the file are audit tracked:
To summarise this post has shown how it is possible to collaborate on web links / bookmarks in a way that centralises collaboration with the alternative often pinging the link over email and any subsequent comments between team members delivered the same way. In the SME as well as centralising the collaboration the comments and interactions are indexed and therefore appear in search results and also the link itself becomes part of the corporate repository.