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 now supports over 10 clouds – Microsoft Live SkyDrive support announced

Today we have added beta support for another storage cloud, Microsoft Live SkyDrive. This now makes over 10 clouds that we support:

Amazon S3, RackSpace CloudFiles, Box.net, MobileMe, FTP-as-a-Cloud, Gmail-as-a-Cloud, Email-as-a-Cloud, WebDav, Google Docs, and Evernote.

Microsoft Live SkyDrive provides support for a whopping 25 GB of Storage. To access it you need a Microsoft Live ID for authentication.

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If you use Microsoft LiveSkyDrive via SMEStorage, SkyDrive continues to host your files and SMEStorage syncs the meta information about the file and you are able to access, upload and work with your files  through our variety of clients ,which include an Iphone client, iGoogle, Facebook, Firefox, Windows suite of tools, MS Office Plug-Ins, and Open Office plug-ins.

If you sign-up to our life-time cloud package you get access up to 10 clouds which you can use together and manage your files in a cloud-enabled file system that displays on which cloud your files are stored. Any files or folders that you upload directly from SMEStorage are uploaded directly to your primary cloud provider, which you can change either using My Account->Cloud Providers or via the windows tooling.

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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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