Multi-Cloud Shared Team Folder Document Collaboration

One of the key, powerful features of the Enterprise File Fabric is the ability for teams to simply and easy  share and collaborate on files for the projects they are working on together, whatever the underlying local or cloud storage.  This can easily be teams that are located in the same building, within the same continent or even across the planet from one another.  The best part is that while the File Fabric can power this collaboration within an organization, it can also bridge the gap and securely allow teams across companies work on the same documents.

In this post, we’ll take a look at Shared Team Folders, allowing intra-organizational teams to work on the same file sets.  Future posts will look at link and folder sharing, when you need to collaborate inter-organizationally.

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How File Locking Facilitates Collaboration In The Cloud

How is cloud collaboration done today ? Perhaps this scenario may sound familiar. There is a need to share a file with someone so it is attached to an email and the recipient takes a copy of the file, edits it, and then send it back attached to a fresh email !

Why is this process so common ? It is because collaborating on files stored in different places outside of a local network is just hard.

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Storage Made Easy listed as one of the Fastest Growing Storage Related Companies in 2015

We are very proud to announce StorageNewsletter has ranked Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Share and Sync Fabric Solution as one of the Top Fastest Growing Storage Companies in 2015.

Storage Made Easy has grown by 100% in 2015. This represents seven straight quarters of 100% year-on-year growth for the company, partly fuelled by a ramp of sales to companies who utilized the SME solution with object storage, particularly companies embracing OpenStack Swift. Read more information about SME’s revenue.

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Top 10 things you should demand from your OpenStack Swift File Sync and Share vendor

OpenStack Swift file sharing

OpenStack Swift is more than an enabler to store large amounts of unstructured data. The massive scalability, geographic dispersion, and REST API Access are a way to achieve some compelling use cases, of which the most popular is undoubtedly file sharing.

In the past Enterprise File Share and Sync has been more traditionally associated with file-based storage platforms but as such storage platforms struggle to scale and don’t naturally lend themselves to be web accessible pairing Enterprise File Share and Sync with object storage solutions such as OpenStack Swift has become much more compelling for enterprises. Not only from an ease of use perspective but also from an ROI perspective.

This post looks at the “must have” features that should be demanded from an OpenStack Swift Enterprise Sync and Share vendor.

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Announcing secure file sharing for Gmail Chrome users for public and private storage clouds

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.

Mac Sharefile plugin
Mac Email Screenshot

Windows Sharefile
Windows Email Screenshot

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:

Gmail Sharefile

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:

Gmail Secure Links

Once logged in the user is presented with their mapped clouds:

Secure Gmail

 

From here files can be shared as links can be shared from any of the mapped cloud directories:

Sharing Files links on Gmail

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:

Gmail shared files

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.

Audited file shared links

 

The SME Chrome extension works with any free/personal, team, or on-premise account and works with over 45 public/private cloud storage providers.

**Note: only team and on-premise accounts provide the Audit features
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