SME now supports the Google Storage Cloud

We’ve now added the Google Storage Cloud  to our Cloud Gateway so that users can use our clients and tools to manage their Google Storage files. These of course include our Windows Cloud Dashboard, Windows tooling, which includes a virtual Cloud Drive, Mac and Linux tooling, and also clients for the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.

You can also use CloudDav, our ubiquitous WebDav layer over any cloud, to access your Google Storage files, or you can use our S3 compatible endpoint to use tools that support S3 compatible endpoints to manage your Google Storage files.

Currently Google Storage is in ‘preview mode’ from Google, which means they have not rolled it out completely yet and if you don’t have an account you can register interest. In the preview mode the capacity is up to 100 gigabytes per object and 1,000 buckets per account. Data replicated in multiple data centers across the U.S. and also within the same data center.

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OpenStack Summit and forthcoming Swift support in the SME Cloud Gateway

The OpenStack Summit took place in San Antonio last week. OpenStack is an open source project primarily put together by RackSpace. The OpenStack Advisory Board actually has 9 seats. Six are currently taken by RackSpace, Citrix have one, and NASA have the other, and the seats taken seems to be related to the most code contributed.

The summit was well attended, perhaps over 300 people were there, which is heady stuff indeed for a project that is only several months in development.

The interest we have is on the storage side of OpenStack rather than the compute side, as we intend to provide support for the OpenStack Swift framework within our on-premise Cloud Gateway appliance and encompass the API’s into our own Cloud Storage API’s as we have with other cloud storage providers.

Swift is a sub project of OpenStack and provides a highly scalable redundant unstructured data store. Swift is 5 separate services, object, container, account, auth and proxy. Although each of these can be scaled separately, in practice they run together.

Never heard of Swift? it’s the underlying distributable object store that supports RackSpace Cloud Files. It’s akin to Amazon’s S3 implementation but unlike implementations such as Eucalyptus, which clone S3 API’s, but are not sponsored by Amazon, openStack and Swift has RackSpace firmly onboard, and have proven scale.

As Swift is used by Rackspace Cloud Files. Swift RackSpace claim it is production-ready code that is scalable to massive levels (100-petabyte clusters and 100000 requests per second). Swift sacrifices C for A and P from a CAP theorem perspective. Although most operations happen synchronously consistency is sacrificed in failure scenarios.

From our perspective we see enterprise users of our on-premise Cloud Gateway appliance expressing interest in SMEStorage supporting this. As with our S3 API endpoint support the gateway will overlay a more traditional file store on top of Swift layered with the business functionality we provide in our Organisation Cloud, virtual drives and clients for Mac, Windows and Linux, and rich mobile clients for iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, as well as value added features such as Webdav support.

If you are interested in Swift integration with our Cloud Gateway Appliance drop us an email.

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Edit your Google Docs, SkyDrive, S3 or DropBox files using iWork and CloudDav !

Apple recently updated iWork to support WebDav, which is great news if you are a SMEStorage user because it means that you can edit your Storage Cloud files even if the underlying storage clouds does not support WebDav as is the case for DropBox, Amazon S3, Microsoft SkyDrive, and DropBox.

CloudDav is our implementation of WebDav that overlays all the storage clouds we support, whether the underlying storage cloud supports it or not. This is another value add of our Cloud Gateway appliance which tries to fill the holes left in some of the silod storage clouds and lets you get access to your files the way you want rather than the way that is prescribed.

CloudDav is a $5  paid add-on but it is available to any user, free or paying. You can choose to purchase it from the sidebar after login.

If you intend to be a new (or are an existing) iSMEStorage user, send us a screenshot of the login screen with your username and we’ll enable CloudDav for you for free ! (available until the end of 2010).

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SME Cloud Gateway Appliance now supports DropBox

The SMEStorage multi-cloud gateway now supports DropBox. We’ve had quite a lot of users asking us to provider support for DropBox as provider in our Cloud Gateway and we are pleased to be able to add this.

As with all our cloud storage providers, once they are added to the cloud gateway it means that you will be able to gain access to your DropBox files over the web from our site. We add some extra features over and above what DropBox offers which include integrations with Zoho so you can edit office documents inline, integration with Google Viewer and Sribd so you can view PDF’s and other files inline, integrations with image editors etc.

The DropbBox files will also be available through all our desktop OS (Mac, Windows, Linux) and mobile client tools (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry).  If you have a Lifetime Cloud account then you will be able to aggregate DropBox into a Cloud File view that can include up to 10 other clouds including Google Docs.

You will also be able to take advantage of some of the features we add on top of all the cloud providers we support, including managed encryption and CloudDav (a WebDav layer that can be added above DropBox).

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Introducing CloudDav: Use WebDav with S3, SkyDrive, Google Docs + more clouds

One of the things we have been working on is enabling WebDav across the SMEStorage Cloud Gateway platform. This would mean that any Cloud Storage Provider we support would then be available to be used via WebDav even if the underlying cloud provider did not support it. We’ve now finished this work and we’ve made this available to be purchased as an add-on from the Cloud Add-On’s page which is available in every users sidebar after login.

This feature is ideal if you use iPhone / iPad and other phone applications that offer WebDav integration but don’t support application such as SkyDrive or Amazon S3. If you use our iSMEStorage Application you can open files into these apps but there has been no way to save them back out to the cloud until now as many apps are silo’d in that they don’t offer you the ability to open the files back into iSMEStorage.

WebDav can also be useful when you are blocked from installing third party software on your OS but still want to access your cloud files. We support the ability to do this on Windows and LInux with our WebDav integration but not the Mac OS. The Mac OS WebDav support is not great and you should use the iSMEStorage Virtual Drive for the Mac if you wish to access your Cloud files from the Mac OS.

Watch the video below to see the popular Office HD app being used with SMEStorage CloudDav to open, edit and save files on Microsoft SkyDrive and Amazon S3.

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