This is our presentation from CloudCamp London on Unifying Storage Clouds.
We’ve added some new features to the site. These are:
Favourites: You can now make any file a “favourite file” by clicking on the favourites star.
Once a file is a favourite it is accessible on your desktop from the favourites tab and in your FileManager from the Favourites group.
You can configure your Favourites tab to open on login from My Account -> Options tab.
We’ve also tweaked the file explorer based on user feedback so that it is larger and has a scrollbar on the directories making it easier to browse and use.
There was an interesting post on PC World recently that asks the question “What happens to the data when an online storage site closes?”. After all two of the main reasons for offline storage are for backup and for access. What we are starting to see happen in the world of online storage is consolidation and of course the non sustainability of ‘free’ business models. As the article states, “Online storage services that have announced closings in the past ten months include big names in tech: AOL (Xdrive and AOL Pictures), Hewlett-Packard (Upline), Sony (Image Station), and Yahoo (Briefcase). Plenty of lesser-known online storage firms also have kicked the bucket, including Digital Railroad and Streamload MediaMax, which turned into The Linkup.”
One of the reasons we never used proprietary storage services for SMEStorage is that, ultimately, it is very difficult to keep up with the big guys in terms of price. Just look at Amazon. They are the 1oo pound gorilla of being able to sell at a high volume for low margin.
At SMEStorage we have concentrated on providing interoperability with best-of-breed Storage providers and building value services over and above this. For example things such as clients for different platforms, integrations with the best-of-breed Web 2.0, Desktop and social media tools. Innovations such as Email-backup-to-storage, and the ability to move data about from one storage provider to another. Or even have a real-time Cloud Data Backup which, if the primary provider disappears, will have kept the data in sync and available with a secondary provider. Key to this is that you own your data, not us.
If you are using our free Amazon S3 service we give you 250MB, but even using these you are free at any time to export it to any other provider you want at any time, including our other free services such as email-as-a-cloud or gmail-as-a-cloud, but of course you still own the account and therefore the data.
We believe that the most valuable thing is your data and we will keep doing all we can to help you keep it safe, accessible, and available.
Today we launched a multi-cloud file sharing clipboard on our web platform. This allows you to store multiple file links in a clipboard that is stored between sessions. Once you have stored all the links you wish to you can choose to share them over email or with your collaboration groups.
The clipboard can store file links that are stored in multiple clouds which are viewed through our virtual cloud file system.
Today we released our Organisational Cloud Package. This is specifically for businesses who want to take advantage of Cloud Storage. The Organisational Cloud package supports Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, Box.net, Email-as-a-Cloud, Private Cloud, and GMail-as-a-Cloud.
Specific features are:
– Mix and Match Cloud Providers and view all your files from all providers in one File System
– Use one or more Cloud Providers between as many users as you prefer. We offer 5 and 10 user packages but ask us if you want more than this.
– Administrator can invite and manage users, decide which clouds are used, is responsible for public organisation folders, and can monitor logs.
– Use your preferred client – Web, Firefox plug-in, Windows Virtual Drive (with explorer, shell and sync tools), iGoogle, iPhone
– Easily Backup or import from different Cloud Providers, which also includes Google Docs and Evernote.
– Integration with Microsoft Office and Open Office
– All Backups can be scheduled to happen in real-time or offline at a specific time each hour,day,week or month.
– Support automated emails backup using POP3 or IMAP with plug-ins available for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
– Encrypt your files at any time using SHA-1 secure encryption. Only you have the private key so your files can be absolutely secure.
– Incorporate your own Private Organisation Cloud using a simple FTP Server. This can be used to access files in the virtual file system or even backup from private to public cloud or vice-versa.
– Web platform offers integrations with Zoho Office (create documents directly in the cloud), Evernote, Google Docs, Picnik (inline image editing), ScribD (view PDF’s and other documents), and Twitter (file share using Twitter or be notified of users sharing files with you)
– Rich Collaboration, document workflow and file sharing features.
– Sophisticated Filter mechanisms to deal with large volume of files
You will notice a new option when you click on a file in the SMEStorage web platform. This is the option to send a file link with comments to Twitter.
To enable this There is a new option underneath the “My Account” link on the sidebar call “Integrations”. You can enter your Twitter account details here. Once you have done this you can use Twitter also to be notified by direct message of any files shared to you from business group shares workspaces that you have setup.
This of course supports all the underlying file storage providers that we support which include Amazon S3, Mosso Cloud Files, Gmail as a cloud, Email as a Cloud, FTP as a Private Cloud, and Box.net, and of course a mixture of these.
We’d like to post a quick thank you to the people using SMEStorage. In the last year we have organically grown to over 10,000 users storing over 1 million files along the way. This is a huge achievement and it of course does not count the number of users who are using smestorage but storing their files on Amazon S3 direct, or Gmail, Box.net, Mosso etc.
We have some great new features and channels planned and also will be doing a lot more work on providing better documentation, including soon, the launch of an online Wiki.
Thanks for supporting us and we look forward to growing stronger over the coming year.