Replacing the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) to securely access on-premises DFS or Windows File Shares

Providing remote users with access to on-premises file systems, such as Microsoft DFS or Windows CIFS shares,  can be a hard task, especially as multiple security layers often exist, like firewalls and VPNs.

Some companies have opted to solve this challenge by deploying the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) as a bridge to provide users who are remote with access to these on premise systems. The UAG was a software solution, facilitating access to file shares, intranets and corporate systems.

The Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway is now officially deprecated.

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Host your own secure multi-cloud service using the Storage Made Easy File Fabric

We have been asked many times about enabling personal users to host access to their own federated cloud of public/private data and in the past we have given access to earlier versions of our software to do just this, and today we bring that  up to date for personal users with our latest File Fabric release  that can be used for self hosting.

Why would you want to do this? There are a number of reasons: Continue reading →

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How Meltdown and Spectre relate to the Enterprise File Fabric – Patch

A number of critical vulnerabilities have been discovered that affect multiple CPU architectures (CVE-2017-5753CVE-2017-5715, and CVE-2017-5754).  Our analysis shows this vulnerability does not directly affect the SME File Fabric Server.  As best practice, 3rd party software and direct access to the File Fabric where these exploits could be utilized is not supported or recommended.

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How to use the AWS CLI with almost any Storage

  The Amazon S3 API has become the de-facto standard for object storage API access.  As such, many software products adopt the S3 API first.  The Storage Made Easy File Fabric provides an S3 compatible API endpoint for any storage backend.  This means that non-S3 storage providers such as Dropbox, Azure, Google Drive, OneDrive, Sharepoint and others can now be accessed via the S3 API.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Command Line Interface (CLI) is a command line tool for accessing AWS compatible services.  AWS CLI is one of the most feature rich S3 tools publicly available (Free!!!) .

This article will outline the setup AWS CLI with the SME File Fabric and non-S3 compatible storage providers.

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Introducing M-Stream File Transfer Acceleration

Transferring larger files between storage providers can be painful.  Traditional tools copy one file at a time and do not parallelize data transfers.  Users are frustrated with long wait times and satisfying application use cases become a problem. Storage administrators want to see arrays filling data pipes and hitting vendor throughput claims.

M-Stream, a new feature of the SME Enterprise File Fabric, unlocks the potential in existing Distributed File Systems, Network Attached Storage (NAS) and S3 & Swift API compatible object storage systems. Continue reading →

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Simplifying AWS S3 CLI Usage with Aliases

The Storage Made Easy File Fabric provides an S3 compatible API into any on-premises or on-cloud storage whether the storage provider supports the S3 protocol or not.

The AWS CLI is one of the best opensource tools for working with S3 compatible storage.  When working with storage providers other than Amazon, the commands can get lengthy to type.

Simply access with Aliases in Mac, Windows, and Linux

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