Automatically Archiving CIFS Windows Shares to OpenStack Swift, Amazon S3 and other object storage clouds

Following on from our last post in which we demonstrated how CIFS Windows  shares can be exposed outside of the corporate firewall this blog post will focus on how to Archive CIFS Windows shares to OpenStack Swift.

The SME Enterprise Cloud Appliance allows any primary cloud to be paired with a backup cloud for archive and business continuity purposes.

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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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Editing files from OpenStack Swift and other Clouds directly from mobile Microsoft Office

We recently released a new version of the Storage Made Easy Android Application, the Android client for the SME Enterprise File Share and Sync Fabric.

One of the new features in the updated App was to provide the ability to View, edit and create Microsoft  Office files directly from the data stores configured for the SME Sync and Share Appliance.

To be able to do this firstly ensure that you have installed the SME Cloud File Manager from the Android App Store.

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A look at retaining Brand Identity using Storage Made Easy’s File Fabric self-service branding features

Corporate brand identity management is a key issue for any organisation. Various surveys have indicated that companies who pay special attention to their corporate brand identity  influence employees’ commitment to their organisations, in addition to consolidating their brand identity.

To that end Storage Made Easy has consistently provided a way to brand their File Fabric Solution, either when used as a federated fabric or as a dedicated solution for storage solutions such as OpenStack.

Lets take a look at some of the ways in which the self service features can be used to self-brand.

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Installing the Storage Made Easy EFSS Cloud Appliance on OpenStack Glance

SME OpenStack

This post outlines how to install the Storage Made Easy private Enterprise File Share and Sync Cloud Appliance on OpenStack Glance infrastructure.

The SME Appliance is provide in VMWARE and OVF format by default.

To deploy the appliance without any changes you will first need to convert the appliance to qcow2 file format.

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Dedicated OpenStack Swift Windows Drive now available

Post Updated October 6th 2016

We now have plenty of companies and ISP’s who are using our full Enterprise File Share and Sync solution for OpenStack but we have long been approached by companies asking if they could have just the drive piece of our functionality available that works in a dedicated fashion outside of our full EFSS solution.

To that end we are pleased to announce the release of a dedicated OpenStack Windows CIFS Drive that is a standalone installer that works directly with OpenStack Swift instances.

Install is simple:

OpenStack Drive InstallerOpenStack Cloud Drive

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

**This extension is deprecated**

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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New version of OpenStack Swift Xplorer for Android Released

We have released a new version of OpenStack Swift Xplorer for Android. Although the native SME Cloud File Manager supports OpenStack Swift, Swift Xplorer is a dedicated stand alone App with Swift support only.

Notable features in the update are:

– Support for V1 and V2 OpenStack authentication (Keystone and SWAuth).
– Brand new OpenStack red theme
– Support for Hubic OpenStack service (which used the Oauth authentication mechanism)
– Support for MP3 and Video streaming

OpenStack Swift Xplorer OpenStack Swift AndroidSwiftStack Android Hubic Android

The App is available from Google Play and is free for personal use.

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