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

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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.

Prerequisites

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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Cloud Storage predictions for 2014

Cloud Storage Predictions for 2014

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

It has been some year in the world of Cloud and Cloud Storage in particular. We witnessed the demise of Nirvanix, as well as the revelations of Edward Snowdon outlining the surveillance of the PRISM surveillance program and the alleged collusion with major US Service providers

Amidst all of this the behemouth that is Amazon continued to move forwards apace and continuing to add new services and reduce pricing.

There has been space in the market for new vendors such as Dump Truck, which launched almost exactly 1 year ago, and Copy, both of which predominantly offer services aimed at the consumer market. Many new Enterprise cloud storage services were launched in 2013 such as Verizon, EMC, Colt Telecom, Lenovo showing that vendors anticipate a huge enterprise demand for cloud related services from their incumbent customers.

The OpenStack open source cloud platform continued to go from strength to strength with vendors, such as RedHat offering new OpenStack related products and aiming for OpenStack dominance.

Meanwhile Amazon S3 continued to be the de facto storage API for developers and storage product compatibility, something we predicted over 3 years ago when we added the S3 API to the SME platform.

Another interesting recent development in 2013 was SugarSync announcing plans to stop offering free accounts and close all existing ones. A pretty big step that upset a lot of (free) customers.

CLOUD STORAGE PREDICTIONS FOR 2014

1. Following on the from the round-up of 2013 above and the latter entry on SugarSync, it is likely we will see other services shutting down their free storage offerings. The key lesson here is that free is not free for ever it seems.

2. Expect to see a DropBox and Box IPO in 2014.

3. Due to the PRISM and NSA debacle we expect to see more non US companies wanting to stop their data from being hosted in the US.

4. Security has become the number one concern for companies when dealing with data. Expect more file sharing vendors to follow SME’s lead and try and retrofit logging / auditing / enhanced security in their product offerings.

5. Expect more companies to want remote data to be encrypted with keys they control. This will become part of a companies security playbook for 2014. (see our prior blog post for how SME does this).

6. 2014 will see companies want more from their Storage solutions – how do they solve their businesses problems, how do they fit in with corporate governance and help implement common policies ?

7. Big Data will continue to dominate hype cycles for storage vendors and expect to see a slew of new products.

In the meantime all that is left to wish you all a Happy New Year !

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Everything is a Storage Cloud now – the commoditization of Storage into Apps

20131031-210708.jpgOne of the more interesting trends of the recent developments in Cloud Computing is how we define “What is a storage cloud” . This used to be easy – it was an FTP or a WebDav Server. Even 3 or 4 years ago this was still relatively easy, it was DropBox, or SugarSync or Box etc. Now however, the lines are becoming a little blurry. We are seeing many application services offering the ability to store documents.

For example BaseCamp, the project management service lets you store files as do other project collaboration services, however I doubt any of these services would like to be categorized as “storage”.

SalesForce is another good example. It’s a CRM service right ? Well, yes but it can also be used to store files and in fact it is promoting this ability as a “first class feature” from what was called Chatter but which has now been rebranded to SalesForce Files.

The list of examples are endless Jive, Yammer, Evernote, a plethora of services that offer file storage specific to the use case they satisfy within a company.

Dedicated Applications of this nature provide file storage as a bi-product of their service and for many companies, large and small, policing this sprawl of data is challenging enough without employes doing their own thing with Bring Your Own Cloud.

We believe that this trend will continue to accelerate apace and it is why we at Storage Made Easy have been concentrating on “joining up” these different data stores and providing unification, management and control across what are effectively many independent silos of Applications and Data. The more cloud services that offer ways to Interact with and store files the worse the sprawl gets.

Storage Made Easy Cloud Control

In fact this “joining up” of data sprawl and the reason it is important to get right, and the results of ignoring it, will be a feature of our very next blog post.

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