Exploring The Deployment Topologies and Service Offerings for the Enterprise File Fabric

Storage Made Easy offers three different hosting models for its Enterprise File FabricTM product solutions.

Below are some notes to help understand the choices and decide which offering  may be best suited  for an organization.

** Please note that the aim of the post is not establish the value proposition for the File  Fabric itself but rather outline which of the various deployment options would be most suitable for company.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

The SaaS service is a widely shared multi-tenant service accessed over the Internet.  The  SaaS service is hosted  in the United States and also in the UK.  The two installations are completely separate, and customers can choose to centre an account in either region or indeed have two separate accounts in each region.

The SaaS service is suitable for organizations with from one to around twenty users. It is the most economical option for small businesses.  SaaS works well for moderate workloads, but is inappropriate for high volume data uses cases, and additionally certain kinds of automated workflows and situations where consistent performance is required.

Most File FabricTM features are available to SaaS users but enterprise features, such as Enterprise Content Search and Enterprise Content Discovery for example, are not available with SaaS. That is not to say you cannot search across Clouds for documents. with the SaaS service, you can, you just cannot search the contents of documents stored on the various clouds. To achieve this you would need to use IaaS or On-Premises product solutions.


The on-premises offering allows customers to run their own File FabricTM instances in their own data centres (conventional or cloud).  On-premises is intended for organisations that have IT system management capabilities.

All of the File Fabric’sTM features are available with the on-premises offering, and it can be deployed in a wide range of configurations for scaling, load balancing and high availability, either single GEO, or across GEO’s.

On-premises installations give customers complete control over their installations, and can scale to tens or hundreds of thousands of users either for a single company or for any companies in a multi-tenanted fashion.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

With the IaaS service each customer organization gets its own dedicated File FabricTM installation, hosted in one of several leading third party virtual private server environments – including a G-Cloud-approved option – and managed by Storage Made Easy.

IaaS installations can be provided in a wide variety of sizes to handle different workloads, and all of the File Fabric’sTM features are available to IaaS customers.  Every IaaS system is fitted with Storage Made Easy’s customized production monitoring software that alerts our support team instantly if anything goes wrong with your File FabricTM.

IaaS provides enterprise grade scalability and control in a managed service package that frees your IT staff of the system management workload.

This brief overview should give you a basic understanding of the three File FabricTM deployment models that are available to your organization, and help you determine which one one best meets your requirements.

For more information about these options and the Enterprise File FabricTM, please contact us at sales@storagemadeeasy.com

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White Paper: Providing the last mile for Object Storage

Enterprises today today are dominated by traditional block and file based storage systems. Object Storage despite being a new segment within the storage vertical, is rapidly being evaluated and adopted by Enterprises.

In this White Paper you’ll find an overview of the benefits of Object Storage to the enterprise and how Storage Made Easy solves the last mile problem by enabling Object Storage to be used directly by end users.

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Webinar: An Introduction to the Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Share and Sync Fabric


SME Webinar

With the world growing increasingly data-rich, customers are looking for tools to access data at any time, whilst also being as secure as possible.

Storage Made Easy provides a comprehensive control and management solution with the most enriched cloud computing features to enable secure cloud collaboration across data points for corporations.

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Publish Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) as Cloud Storage using the SME Enterprise Sync and Share Fabric – Part 2

In part 1, we set up the SME appliance with a Microsoft DFS Storage Provider. Today we will continue the setup, enabling AD user authentication, corporate shares, department shares, and home directories for each user.


This article assumes you followed along in Part 1 and met the prerequisites there, in addition you’ll need a few more shares configured on your fileserver, and a few users and groups configured in Active Directory.

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Introducing the lower-level Ceph Rados connector

Red Hat Ceph StorageFor a while now, Storage Made Easy has had support for the  Red Hat Ceph Storage platform. For this particular integration, Storage Made Easy made use of the Red Hat Ceph Rados Gateway, which is an abstraction on top of the Red Hat Ceph Rados platform, that provides protocol adaptors for S3 and OpenStack Swift.


Many of our customers however choose not to deploy the Rados Gateway alongside their Ceph clusters, but still want to make use of the great enterprise file share and sync fabric that Storage Made Easy provides. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Storage Made Easy has now released a Ceph Rados connector that can work directly with the Ceph Rados platform (using it’s librados API).

Our new connector uses their librados APIs, which gives us lower level access to the Ceph Rados storage. We recently announced that the Université of Lorraine have chosen Storage Made Easy as their enterprise file share and sync fabric, in which they will be one of our first customers using this new connector.

Storage Made Easy will continue to offer and support the  Red Hat Ceph Storage connector that uses the Rados Gateway. If you are interested in our new connector, utilising Red Hat Ceph Storage Rados directly, please contact support@storagemadeeasy.com.

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