Linux Multi Cloud Sync Update: Sync SkyDrive, S3 Google Docs and other Clouds to the Linux desktop

Those users who use the full version of our Windows tools will be familiar with our Sync Tools in which you can Sync your desktop data with that in the clouds. We are now almost ready to release the same functionality for Linux to compliment the ongoing beta of our Linux Virtual Drive.

This functionality means thatYou can work locally with files on your Linux desktop and be secure in the knowledge that they will be sync’d back to the Cloud and available, whatever that cloud is.

For companies whose user-base is heterogeneous, from an OS standpoint, it means that the Linux user is not the poor relation, he has the same Cloud tools and functionality as his Windows counterpart.

The Linux Sync tools will work with Google Docs, Microsoft SkyDrive, Mezeo personal cloud storage, Microsoft Live Mesh, Apple MobileMe, Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, Box.net, WebDav, FTP Clouds, GMail (GDrive), Email Clouds, and also, soon DropBox.

You can expect to see the Linux Sync tools on our Labs page sometime next week.

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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 filebox@SMEStorage.com email address so that the end email address become filebox.<keyword>@storagemadeeasy.com.

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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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, Box.net, 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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Live Mesh Issue: Live Desktop could not connect. Please try refreshing the page.

We’ve had reports from some users that they have problems when re-syncing their account with Live Mesh. It seems, yet again, that Live Mesh, has problems with connections, and it seems to affect some users and not others.

When connecting to Live Mesh direct some users find they cannot access Live Mesh at all through their web browser and get the message “Live Dekstop could not connect. Please try refreshing your browser.” as per the graphic below.

In this situation don’t try and resync your SMEStorage account with Mesh. You’ll still be able to access your Mesh files via SMEStorage and you should still be able to upload files.

Mesh is still a beta (very beta..) cloud and  as such is still prone to these glitches. The web is full of comments on this unfortunately.

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