Organisation Cloud File Server Updates

We rolled out some Organisation Cloud updates on our web platform in the last few weeks that are worth highlighting:

Lite File Manage now supports Tags

Our Lite File Manager started life as lightweight alternative to the rich Ajax enabled File Manager. Gradually it has been updated so that it has the same functionality as the Ajax enabled File Manager. Tags is one of the last things to be added, and now that it is there it replicates the functionality of the Ajax based file manager but is much more lightweight:

Ability to make a Folder a Favourite item

Many of our mobile users have long requested the ability to make a Folder a favourite so they could click on ‘Favourites’ and easily navigate to a folder structure or set of files. The first step towards enabling this in the mobile platforms was to enable it in the Web platform and API which is now done. Indeed if you are a mobile user, marking a folder as favourite from the web platform should already show up within the Favourites Menu of each of the mobile Apps.

Organisation Folder permission

An Organisation Folder is a public folder that, when created by the Organisation Cloud Administrator, ripples down for every user so that, for example if the Org Cloud Admin creates a folder called ‘HR’, all users would see this folder and anything it contains. Users, by default, could also post to this folder. Many of you wanted to control the permissions on a per user basis to these folders, and we have now implemented this into the platform. The Org Admin can now  set permissions for individual users of the Org Cloud.

Email attachments and files directly to your Organisation Folder

We recently introduced FileBox that enables user to send emails and attachments to a special folder called FileBox. You can read more about this here. We’ve also added this into The Organisation Cloud so that Org Admin’s can set a special Filebox email address for Organisation Folders enabling users of The Org Cloud to email file attachments directly to an Organisation Folder.

Private Cloud Providers for Organisation Users

One of the biggest updates we have implemented is to enable the Organisation Cloud Admin to control end users ability to add their own File clouds. When is this useful ? Take Google Apps for example. If your Organisation has bought into Google Apps then each of your users will have their own Google Docs account. Your user will want to use their own Google Docs Account, and you may want to implement a separate Google Docs Account to store shared Organisation Files. This is the kind of scenario this caters for. Of course you can also let users add their own private clouds or implement other shared Organisation storage, such as Amazon S3. This feature can be enabled in the My Account->Options tab of the Organisation Admin account.

Enhanced Auditing

We’ve beefed up the file auditing capabilities of the whole Organisation Cloud Platform which enables an Organisation Admin to control exactly what gets audited for each user..  We’ve also added filters and enhanced the export abilities so that you can export logs directly into CSV for example.

File Locking

We’ve added the ability to explicitly lock files. This is useful if a file is being worked upon or edited and you want to make the file unavailable to all other users until this has been done.

We’ve already started to move some of these new features into our desktop and mobile tooling and we will start pushing out some new versions of these soon.

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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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Linux Multi Cloud Sync Update: Sync SkyDrive, S3 Google Docs and other Clouds to the Linux desktop

Those users who use the full version of our Windows tools will be familiar with our Sync Tools in which you can Sync your desktop data with that in the clouds. We are now almost ready to release the same functionality for Linux to compliment the ongoing beta of our Linux Virtual Drive.

This functionality means thatYou can work locally with files on your Linux desktop and be secure in the knowledge that they will be sync’d back to the Cloud and available, whatever that cloud is.

For companies whose user-base is heterogeneous, from an OS standpoint, it means that the Linux user is not the poor relation, he has the same Cloud tools and functionality as his Windows counterpart.

The Linux Sync tools will work with Google Docs, Microsoft SkyDrive, Mezeo personal cloud storage, Microsoft Live Mesh, Apple MobileMe, Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, Box.net, WebDav, FTP Clouds, GMail (GDrive), Email Clouds, and also, soon DropBox.

You can expect to see the Linux Sync tools on our Labs page sometime next week.

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SME Dropbox support

We’ve been asked a lot in the last 6 months about adding Dropbbox into our Cloud Gateway, both by individual professionals and Organisations who use our Organisation Cloud Offering. Now that Dropbbox has a formal API, we are happy to announce that work commences on Monday next week to integrate Dropbox into our Cloud gateway.

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