SME Cloud Storage API now supports Microsoft Live SkyDrive

One of the added benefits of the Microsoft Live SkyDrive support that we recently announced is thatit becomes accessible via the SMEStorage rich multi-cloud API becomes available for developers who want to access Microsoft Live SkyDrive programmtically. On the API’s Google Code site, as well as a detailed manual, there are PHP, PERL, and .Net examples and sample applications, and soon there will follow fully featured .Net & Cocoa libraries. Remember also, that the sames API also supports Amazon S3, Box.net, RackSpace Cloud Files, MobileMe, WebDav, Gmail Clouds, Email Clouds, FTP Clouds as well as Google Docs and Evernote. Expect to see support for at least two more storage clouds before the end of the year.


Many of the above storage clouds not only lack a proper file system (file support, but no folders, with only basic operations) but some, such as MobileMe, SkyDrive, GMail etc, lack any sort of API at all. That’s why we built the SMEStorage Multi-Cloud File System. We built it to enable us to have a universal API to support the storage clouds we plugged into our platform for our own purposes. Indeed it is what all our client tools are based on.


Given that is it is proven and more feature rich than the alternatives we made the decision to make it available as a generic storage cloud API for those wishing to use the SMEStorage platform as a Gateway to support multiple Cloud platforms in their applications or services. It supports multiple connections and multiple users and it does not impact the actual files themsevles as they are still stored on the original cloud service. SMEStorage merely keeps information about the metadata of the files and enables a file system, with services, on top of the remote storage cloud.


In the case of SkyDrive the lack of an API means our implementation is tightly coupled to Microsoft’s web implementation. Any major changes could render the API temporarily inoperable, but we are committed to make the necessary changes to continue support of this Cloud Provider as we move forward in our pursuit of supporting all major storage clouds.

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SME release WordPress multi-cloud Backup Plug-In

We’ve now released a WordPress multi-cloud backup plug-in which can be downloaded at the WordPress Plug-ins directory. This add-in enables you to backup your WordPress Blog tables to your primary supported backup cloud. We currently support Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, MobileMe, Box.net, GMail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Microsoft Live SkyDrive, and any WebDav enabled cloud.


SMEStorage functions as an abstraction that enables you to work with any of these clouds. Your files remain stored on your cloud provider and the value we bring is that we build a sophisticated file system with additional cloud services on top of your current cloud storage provider. This is exposed using our multi-cloud API, and enables us to bring value added services, such as the WordPress multi-cloud Backup Plug-In. 


Once you have registered for a SMEStorage account (and there are many free plans) all you do is install the plug-in, go to Tools->Backup from WordPress Admin, enter your SMEStorage log-in details, ensure the plug-in is set to backup to SMEStorage rather than to email or file, and click ‘Backup’. The Backup will then run and your Backup can be found in the root node, “All Files” in your SMEStorage Cloud File System.


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Multi-Cloud File Manager released for Open Office

The first independent release of the SMEStorage file Manager is now released and available for download on the OpenOffice.org extension site.


The extension enables you to open and save files directly to/from your primary SMEStorage cloud, be that Amazon S3, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Box.net, MobileMe, Mosso CloudFiles, WebDav Cloud, and now MIcrosoft Live SkyDrive also ( next post).


Once installed you will see a new SMEStorage toolbar which you can then use to open and save documents to your cloud of choice.


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The extension currently works only for OpenOffice on windows but if enough people request it, we will also enable it to work on other OS’s also.


A SMEStorage account is required to use the plug-in.


You can view a video demo of the Plug-In on YouTube.


This plug-in is again based on our Multi-Cloud API.


Update: For those who had an issue saving file, please see this support thread.

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Share your Cloud Files over RSS

rss_iconWe continue to add new features to the platform, often at the request of users, and the newest is the ability to share files that have been set to public over RSS feeds. For quite a while now user have had the ability to share public files. An example of such a feed can be found here. This is the RSS feed for these public files which are shared via Amazon S3.


RSS for files  supporta all the Clouds SMEStorage supports i.e. Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, MobileMe, Box.net, Gmail, Email, FTP, Evernote, Google Docs, and any WebDav enabled cloud.


If a user clicks on a the links of the RSS item in the feed, the file will be downloaded.


RSS links are in the format:
http://SMEStorage.com/rss/[order]/[user]/[tag]/[limit]


The order can be ‘last’ or ‘popular’


For Example .
http://storagemadeeasy.com/rss/last/TestUser/*/20


If a user or tag is ‘*’ then any user/tag is used (no filter with user/tag)


Also the link can be truncated if default values are used. For Example:


http://storagemadeeasy.com/rss
This shows all the latest files


http://smetorage.com/rss/last
This shows the the same as the previous example


http://storagemadeeasy.com/rss/popular
This show the most popular files of all users


http://storagemadeeasy.com/rss/popular/TestUser
The shows the popular user files of a user called ‘TestUser’


http://storagemadeeasy.com/rss/last/Testuser/mp3
This show the last files of   a user called ‘Testuser’ with tag mp3


The default values are: order – last, limit – 100, user – * (all users), tag – * (no filter with tag)


Cool things you can do ? Well you could store all your files in your GMail account and then give access to them over an RSS Feed. Alternatively, if you are a company you could have an RSS link at the bottom of your email signature that gives access to white papers or product documentation for download. Or how about displaying the files you want to be available for download on your WordPress or Joomla CMS using the RSS plug-in’s they provide. If you come up with a unique use, let us know !


Please note our terms of use as appertains using the SMEStorage service.

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The need for a multi-cloud storage API

photo-2During a lightening talk at London CloudCamp we talked about the need for a multi-cloud storage API (slides below). We then presented the options currently available, and of course the SMEStorage multi-cloud API is one of several. We do believe we bring some nice things to the table with out API which include:


– REST based providing an SPI to multiple clouds
– Provides value added services over and above just upload/dowload, and file system view. There are too many to list, but these include file encryption, Email backup, ETL from one cloud to another cloud, content filtering, faxing and much, much more
– Ability to provide a single view of disparate data in different clouds – a cloud data unification within a single file system view. 


If you are a developer take the time to check out the API and let us know how we can do more to help and what features you are looking for.

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Multi Cloud Storage API Updated

We have just update our multi-cloud API manual and published it on Google Code. We also have added some more code examples in PHP to supplement those in .Net, and added a PERL libaray example with a test PERL app as well.

The multi-cloud API now supports Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, Box.net, MobileME, Gmail, Any Email, FTP, Google Docs, Evernote, and any WebDav enabled cloud. Coming soon will be Microsoft SkyDrive, Twitter, Deicious, and Walrus from Eucalyptus.

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