PogoPlug Provider updated

We’ve enhanced the PogoPlug cloud provider so that as well as supporting PogoPlug appliances, we support also the newly announced PogoPlug Cloud. This means that you can use SMEStorage desktop and mobile access clients to manage your PogoPlug Cloud(s) and also business users can use PogoPlug as the data store for a Cloud File Server, and users who want ubiquitous access to PogoPlug from FTP and WebDav can use our CloudDav and CloudFTP protocol adaptors.

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Cloud Computing Use Case: CCTV still images stored on Amazon S3 via FTP

Continuing our theme on Cloud Computing user cases, this one makes use of the SMEStorage CloudFTP protocol adaptor that adds the ability for any Cloud that SME supports to be accessible from the ubiquitous FTP protocol. For this particular use case, we now have had four businesses using SMEStorage as enabler for using S3 via FTP so we thought  it would be useful to highlight.

The use case revolves around CCTV cameras that monitor a property and are configured to take pictures (.jpg files) at either intermittent points and/or on movement detection. Currently 2 of the businesses used sensr.net and two where using FTP from an ISP, but all were looking at Amazon S3 and trying to figure out how to get there images onto S3, given S3 does not support FTP.  

Interestingly they had tried automated scripts and other mechanisms but none had really worked. At this point they discovered CloudFTP which simply adds FTP access to S3 (and any other Clouds SME supports).

Everything is accessed using standard FTP and using standard ports (and secure ports for FTPS).

After registering for a SMEStorage Account, adding their S3 account and then purchasing CloudFTP and then adding the correct FTP configuration to the CCTV hardware, this was done.

A Simple but effective use of the Cloud.

 

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FTPS Support added to CloudFTP (FTP over any Cloud)

As per the numerous requests we have had, we have now updated our CloudFTP product to also work with FTPS. This update enables all existing users and any new users to take access of secure Cloud FTP into Clouds that are mapped to their account that do not natively support FTP, such as for example, Amazon S3, Google Docs, Google Sites, DropBox etc.

The ports that you require are:

FTPES – port 21

FTPIS(FTPS) -990

and the host is storagemadeeasy.com

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Cloud Computing Use Case: Automating Website backup to Amazon S3 using Plesk

Continuing on our theme of presenting interesting use cases that we come across when dealing with customers and businesses, this one is to do with backing up data to Amazon S3 in an automated fashion using Plesk. This was the request from the company involved. The condition being that the control panel can only backup to an external server via FTP. There is no native way to back up to S3 via Plesk.

This of course is tailor made for our CloudFTP product which turns any Storage Cloud into an FTP Server even if the Storage Cloud does not support FTP. This works with any of the Clouds you add to a SME Account, and of course S3 is one of these.

To satisfy this use case, the first thing to do is ensure the relevant S3 account is added to your account. This can even be a free account. You can do this either as part of sign up or from the Cloud DashBoard.

SME Dashboard

 

 

 

Once you have added the S3 Provider You can add CloudFTP to your account from “Cloud Add On’s” available on the right sidebar after login to the website. Once this is added to your account you can access any Cloud mapped to your account over ftp (Ftp://ftp.storagemadeeasy.com) with your username and password as authentication. This works even though the underlying Cloud, in this case, S3 does not natively support the FTP protocol.

Once this is done you can then automate your website backups using Plesk and your recently created S3-FTP. First login to the Plesk Control Panel:

 

 

 

 

 

Next navigate to the correct domain:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and finally navigate to the Backup Manager:

 

 

 

 

 

from here you can select to backup to a personal FTP repository:

 

 

 

 

 

and then enter the StorageMadeEasy.com FTP settings as outlined earlier in the post:

 

 

 

 

 

The end result is your website backed up safely to S3 (or any other Cloud that we support that you can choose).

 

 

 

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Support added for 4Shared FTP Server

We just added validation and support for 4Shared with regards to our FTP Cloud Provider. 4Shared provides 10GB of free storage and would be a nice addition to any user.

To add this to your Cloud, sign up for a free account at 4Shared, and then choose to add an FTP Provider to your account from the “My DashBoard” page after login on the web, or from the Cloud Providers menu on mobile.

Next enter ftp.4shared.com as the FTP address (the Port is 21) and your username and password for 4shared as authentication. The home path should be entered as “/” to use the full account.

Once this is done your 4Shared account will be accessible from all our Cloud Tools.

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Version 2.11 of iSMECloud File Manager for iPad and iPhone now in App Store

The latest version of the iSMEStorage Cloud File Manager for iPhone / iPad is now in the App Store. There are a host of new features including a re-designed workflow for easier Cloud Files (and local flies) interactions, a new PDF component that supports large PDF files, and support for OpenStack and Google Sites Clouds.

The below presentation showcases the Cloud File Manager for the iPad:

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Android SMECloud File Manager update to version 2.1

We’ve updated our Android App to version 2.1 The 2.1 update is a substantial update that beefs up the features for local transfer of files from PC’s and laptops. Now users can transfer files directly from their PC over WiFi using FTP clients or a browser. This makes very easy to take files with you that you have stored locally.

The update also adds a scheduler for automation of the synchronisation of files to/from the device and one or more storage clouds. This was a must requested feature from users so we’ve managed to get it into this build.


The third major part of the update is better integration with the Android Operating System so that all upload, download, and file event notifications are visible in the Android notification taskbar.

The tighter integration with the Android OS means that you can now take advantage of SMEStorage Cloud File Manager from many other applications. This is one of the particular strengths of the Android, as is the great notification features, and we are pleased to now be taking fill advantage of these.

This tighter integration means that all downloads and uploads are now processes as tasks that show up in the Android notification bar and the users do not need to stay in the Application for the uploads or downloads to complete

SMEStorage is available from the Google Android Marketplace at:

https://market.android.com/details?id=ta.smestorageg

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SME Open Cloud Platform now Supports Google Sites

We’ve been asked for a while if we would support Google Sites, the blogging and Wiki platform from Google, even though it is not a Cloud in the traditional sense. As we recently rolled out OAuth authentication support for GMail, and Google SItes also supports OAuth, we decided to bite the bullet and introduce the Google Sites Cloud into the SMEStorage Open Cloud Platform

Currently you can only sign up for Google sites via the SMEStorage.com web platform as we have not yet introduced OAuth support into our desktop and mobile clients (although it is coming soon).

To use Google Sites with SMEStorage, you can add it to your existing cloud after login by clicking the My Account link on the sidebar and choosing the Providers tab and then the add new provider link. Alternatively  you can sign up for a new account here.

After choosing to add Google Sites you will be asked to authorise access to your account for SMEStorage.

You need to enter your Google username and password with Google Sites and then choose to grant access.

After this is done SMEStorage will interrogate Google Sites and show you your site and you should click ‘continue’ to move onto the next step.

You will then be asked to synchronise the file meta-data (information about the files ie. filenames, type, size) from Google SItes with SMEStorage.

Once this is done you can go to the file manager to view your Google Sites files. The root folder of your site is read-only as the Google SItes Api does not enable you to upload files to the root.

Within the root folder you will see your site structure.

Also, you can now start to use the SMEStorage clients and services with Google Sites. For example you can use Cloud FTP to access/manage Google Sites Files. In the below example we use Cyberduck to do this.

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Using Zotero with SME and WebDav

Zotero is a firefox plug-in that is an easy to use research tool that aids in gathering, organising, and analysing sources. You can choose to store documents, notes and screenshots that you take directly with Zotero or you can choose to use another WebDav resource.

Of course SMEStorage provides CloudDav, WebDav over any Cloud we support, even if the underlying Cloud does not support WebDav. If you enable CloudDav for your SMEStorage account you can use it with Zotero as follows:

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Mac Cloud Tools released !

We are really please to announce that we have released the first version of our Mac Cloud Tools.

The cloud tools encompass:

– A virtual Cloud Drive that works within Finder

– A Desktop to Cloud folder sync utility

– Cloud Files integrated into Spotlight indexing

Unlike other silo’d storage provider SMEStorage works as an abstraction layer above over 15 storage clouds and enables users to access and manage files from all the major storage vendors.

The Cloud Tools really bring the Cloud into the Mac desktop enabling users to witch storage cloud providers by simply changing directory, and editing files becomes as easy as double clicking on the file in question from within the Cloud Drive and saving when done. We’ve also integrated file actions into the Mac Finder on right click so that, amongst other things, you can easily get a URL of a file to share, or generate an email with a file link for example.

Our desktop to folder synchronisation tools makes it easy to keep files from different clouds in sync with different desktop folders. Just drop your files into the folder and the sync tool will pick up and ensure they end up on the relevant Cloud.

Lastly, we’ve integrated spotlight to work with all the Clouds mapped to a SMEStorage Account so that when Spotlight indexes the Cloud files are also searched

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