Solving the ‘Working From Home With Large Files Problem’

lockdown workingThe shift from working from an office to working from home / remotely due to the pandemic looks like it is here to stay for many companies, even post pandemic. End users have had to cope with moving from being always connected via a high speed line to SMB shares to working across consumer broadband from B2B2C file services. Prospects and customers have helped us create a pretty clear picture of the problems this has caused them and below we outline the top three things that we have been told:

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Using WinSCP to sync data to Amazon S3, Azure Blob and other Storage clouds over SFTP

winscpAs pre sales engineers there are often times when we need to enable a prospect or customer to connect to the Enterprise File Fabric based on their specific infrastructure and requirements, often impacted by security and architectural topologies.

Recently I had to enable a customer to be able to synchronise local data from a windows server. Normally I would install the File Fabric’s sync app for Windows but there was a security requirement that meant no new software could be installed on this server, it was locked down.

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New Update of the Enterprise File Fabric: Strengthening Remote Working and Cybersecurity Features for a Company’s Existing File and Object Data

We recently announced a new release of the Enterprise File Fabric. Probably one of the most exhaustive updates so far. Focusing on pandemic related feature enhancements on remote working and cybersecurity, and providing a powerful combination of privacy and collaboration that works with a company’s existing file and object data sets.

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How to Enable Remote Employees to Securely Access On-premises Company Data in Under 1 Hour

Interest in letting employees to work from home has never been higher and will remain high even after the Covid-19 virus has run its course.  For Companies large and small  the key challenge is how to make Company data available remotely in a way that is easy for employees to use without compromising on information security.  The Enterprise File Fabric™ offers an unmatched set of features to support secure remote working.  In this post we’ll see how to set up the File Fabric in less than an hour to provide secure remote access to on-premises data, be that SMB, NAS / SAN or Microsoft DFS shares.  The best part is that data is not copied or removed anywhere, it remains in the same secure place and the File Fabric provides web scale secure access  to it .

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How to Optimize S3 and S3 Compatible Object Storage Solutions for End User Access with Hundreds of Millions of Files

Amazon S3 hierarchies performanceThe Enterprise File Fabric is often used with Object Storage solutions, particularly Amazon S3 but also S3 compatible object solutions that may be deployed on-premises.

More and more unstructured data stored on S3 object systems is not always just a backup or archive and there is increasingly a requirement to provide real-time access to unstructured data to end users.
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Using the File Fabric’s SFTP protocol adaptor to work with multi-cloud files from a Linux Console

multi-cloud SFTPSFTP is an acronym for the SSH File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is the preferred option to FTP because it is inherently more secure and is able to piggyback on an SSH connection.

You may have often found yourself on a linux console where you need access to a file that you have stored on Google Drive, an Amazon  S3 or Azure instance, or perhaps you want to transfer a file back from a local file system to one of these accounts. In either case it would be good to be able to do this without installing and setting up additional software.

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Media Focus: Validating Media Asset Integrity

Media AssetsOrganizations working with media assets often have a requirement to validate a file’s integrity.

Whether it is to detect if any corruption has occurred, through to establishing the security of a file transfer or  ensuring that a file is fully formed, the Enterprise File Fabric  is equipped to easily deal with media asset validation integrity.

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Using Ansible with On-premises S3 Object Storage

At Storage Made Easy we work/partner with many Object Storage vendors.

When a project required data automation and the use of an on-premises object storage buckets, I turned to Ansible and our storage partners.  However, I found that the aws_s3 module for Ansible wasn’t as friendly and well documented when working with S3 object storage that isn’t either AWS or Ceph.

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