The Storage Made Easy® Enterprise File Fabric™ has been updated with a focus on Compliance, Protection and Collaboration

Multi-Cloud is a term that is in vogue now, but Storage Made Easy were one of the very original multi-cloud companies. We have always had a focus on unification of data assets whether on-cloud or on-premise and whether in-storage on in-app.

Having a unified approach to data provides the means in which companies can apply collaboration across data assets in addition to setting common policy for data governance and control to satisfy every increasingly robust compliance regimes.

Today is an exciting day as we announce the General Availability of the next generation of Storage Made Easy’s Enterprise File Fabric application.

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File Fabric integration with external Vault Key Server by HashiCorp (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our File Fabric integration with Vault by HashiCorp blog.  In part 1, we discussed the benefits of integrating your Storage Made Easy appliance with your Vault instance as well as a walk through of setting up the integration between vault and File Fabric.  In this follow-up blog we will look at some use cases and also demonstrate how to setup your Vault instance ready for integration with your Enterprise File Fabric.

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Webinar: Providing Next-Generation Enterprise File Services through Software Defined Storage

Join Enrico Signoretti (Head of Product Strategy, OpenIO) and Steven Sweeting (Product Management Director, SME) to learn about Storage Made Easy File Fabric and OpenIO, the open source object store supporting both storage and compute environments from embedded devices to multi-petabyte datacenters.

See how OpenIO and Storage Made Easy work together to help your organization control costs and compliance providing next-generation storage services.

Files can be accessed anywhere, using any device, with full audit, security, reliability, and lower TCO.

This webinar is offered several times: 10AM CET and 11AM PT.

Register today and book your spot for the webinar!

Can’t make it? Don’t let that stop you. All registrants can later access the webinar on demand, so be sure to register!

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Enforce GDPR across existing data in your Company

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming fast, it almost certainly applies to your organization, and the consequences of getting it wrong are severe.

The time to get ready is now!

GDPR will require companies to have/provide a greater understanding of where and how sensitive data is stored, transferred, and accessible and in particular how companies police and audit this data.

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Webinar: How a hybrid/multi-cloud governance platform promotes GDPR Compliance of existing company data

Most companies today have multi-cloud environments as the benefit from mixing and matching the best technologies from various cloud and applications providers, but managing data is a daunting prospect, particularly with incumbent compliance legislation such as GDPR.

With the Storage Made Easy File Fabric, companies can have a single pane of glass for all corporate data, whether it is on cloud or on-premises, to promote a more unified productive experience for end users and to enforce a unified data security policy with full file event audit logging to track data access.

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GDPR White Papers

<This blog post has been updated with a new white paper in February 2018>

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been approved by the European Union and, once it comes into force in May 2018, it will give data subjects significant new rights over how their personal data is collected, processed, and transferred by data controllers and processors. It demands significant data protection safeguards to be implemented by organizations. The time to get ready is now, as the consequences of getting it wrong are significant.

GDPR is coming fast, it almost certainly applies to your company, and the consequences of getting it wrong are severe.

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File Fabric integration with external Vault Key Server by HashiCorp (Part 1)

The primary purpose of the File Fabric encryption feature is to protect  a users/companies files on local and remote storage resources, such as Object Storage, Dropbox, Google Drive etc, and to achieve this in an easy and seamless manner.

When files are encrypted in by the File Fabric, users cannot access or share them directly from the storage service. The files need to be accessed through the File Fabric web or app clients because the key to decrypt the data is stored, encrypted, on the File Fabric server instance.

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Turbo Charge Your Company’s Google Drive Experience

Although it is one of more than fifty storage clouds supported by the SME Enterprise File Fabric, Google Drive is not just a storage service. It also provides built-in integration with Google’s Web apps for creating and editing text documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, drawings and maps.

One of our customers, a college in the United States, asked us to look at how they could leverage Google Docs’ application integrations from within Storage Made Easy. In response to this request we implemented two productivity features that allow SME users to integrate Google’s Web based editors into their workflows in novel and useful ways.

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Enhanced Two Factor Authentication Update

Storage Made Easy recently rolled out an enhancement to its enterprise-grade security features by updating and enhancing its Two Factor authentication. This enhanced capability now works across  all desktop and mobile applications.

For Personal Cloud Accounts the Two Factor Authentication can be switched on from the Cloud DashBoard. For Team Accounts the Admin user can force the use of Two Factor Authentication from the Security Options tab:

Two Factor options Supported are:

  • Two Factor phrase delivery by email
  • A preset phrase that needs to be entered
  • Google Authenticator

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Cloud Storage Security concerns ? Why Hybrid Cloud offers the best of both worlds

Hybrid Cloud

With the recent celebrity photo scandal fresh in the minds of companies who are either using or anticipating moving to use Cloud questions regarding security, architecture and governance are fair  ones to ask.

Without a doubt cloud computing offers advantages to companies that encompass ease of use, productivity and cost savings, however companies have concerns about if, how and where they store their sensitive data. This is where hybrid cloud can play a part.

What is Hybrid Cloud ? Hybrid Cloud essentially continues to offer businesses all the benefits associated with the public cloud whilst enabling them to continue to have choices of storing certain types of data privately.

The benefits of a hybrid cloud strategy are that it addresses the security concerns of sensitive data whilst offering a dual strategy, unlike a pure private cloud implementation.

The Storage Made Easy Enterprise File Fabric provides such a public / private hybrid cloud solution but takes it a step further in the following ways:

– The File Fabric integrates with many existing private data applications and public cloud solutions. Private data application examples are SMB, CMIS, SharePoint, FTP and NAS/SAN. Public cloud solution examples are Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, Google Storage, Azure Blog Storage, Salesforce etc. The File Fabric does not force you to work with other storage or data that comes with the solution. The File Fabric is storage agnostic and it works with what data sources exist within a company.

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-The File Fabric offers a control point for all corporate data wherever it is stored. As  a control points Storage Made Easy can be configured to audit log all file events which can be exported as an excel file or as Syslog events for use with Business DashBoards. It also enables encrypting of sensitive files through the gateway that reside on public cloud Apps, or the choice of keeping these files entirely private behind the firewall but still accessible. GEO location tracking and restrictions are also built into the platform as is secure file sharing across all data stores enabling a common file sharing policy to be set.

Cloud Control

– The File Fabric provides a single pane of glass into all cloud services  and integrates into corporate identity management systems such asSAML,  LDAP and Active Directory. It can function as a public and private cloud data control point and can also be set to enable users to add their own consumer cloud accounts if this is a company policy, and it can track which corporate documents are moved, or shared, into a users consumer cloud account.

single pane of glass

– More effective governance is provided as the File Fabric not only provides the flexibility and security of the hybrid cloud model, it also provides a cloud control point for existing private data and public cloud data sets.

 

 

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