How to make sure your Cloud data does not disappear overnight

If you you’ve been following the IT news recently you probably saw the issue that users recently had with GMail. If not you can read more about it here. Imagine one morning firing up your Android phone or laptop and finding your data was gone!

Of course, this does not just affect email systems. It can affect any cloud service you store data with. Carbonite was another high profile example of data loss, and of course there are many others, and no doubt there will be many more.

So what can you do to prevent such loss? Well, you can backup! Exactly like you do with your laptop. At SMEStorage all users, including free users, can backup their emails to their storage cloud of choice, as long as their email provider supports IMAP, the user can start or schedule a backup and just leave it to complete. An effective solution to a horrible problem should it ever arise.

What about you Cloud data? Well, our Personal Cloud Lifetime and business users can choose to ‘pair’ a backup cloud with a primary cloud. This will instantly schedule a sync of all existing data to a backup cloud, and it will also backup any future data uploaded, giving you total piece of mind that your Cloud data is highly available as a backup copy is stored on another cloud. this could be Amazon S3 and RackSpace for example, or MobileMe to Azure Storage, whatever combination you would like to choose!

If you primary cloud goes down or your data is not available we’ll get it from your backup cloud.

The Cloud does not have to be a dangerous place, just take sensible precautions to protect your data.

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Using SME with your Mac. Upload your Cloud Files direct from the Finder

For many of use in the office using Mac’s we’ve yearned for some tighter integration with SMEStorage and the Mac. You can choose to use the Windows explorer via Crossover or WINE with the Mac and it works nicely, and you can also use the Firefox plug-in which also works really well, but having OS level integration is always nice.

Snow Leopard has enhanced the integration of the automator services into the OS which makes it much easier to provide contextual functionality.

Using this method there is now available an add-in for users of SMEStorage to be able to upload their files directly from the Mac to their chosen cloud of choice (and we now support over 10 storage clouds), and after the file has been uploaded a unique link for the file will be copied to the clipboard.

You can view a video below that show this working with Google Docs:

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SME now supports Euro Buckets

If you are using SMEStorage with your own Amazon S3 keys from our OpenS3 beta programme, you can now create new buckets that are located in Europe as we now support the Amazon European bucket functionality.

To do this do as follows:

Step one: Go to MyAccount – > MyProviders


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Step two: Choose to syncrhonize your S3 Account

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Step three: Add the checkbox for ‘European Bucket’

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Remember: You will need to add this bucket to you account (using “manage additional buckets” link) to be able to use it. Also if you want this as the default bucket you will also need to change it using the “default bucket” link.

This is useful if you reside in Europe as the latency should be less for uploads and download, and also if you have documents or files that should not cross country borders.

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New Cloud Storage Package launched – Amazon S3 + GMail

We’ve launched a new free cloud storage package that enables your to have a virtual cloud
file system based on a combination of Amazon S3 and GMail. In this free package you get
250 MB free on Amazon S3 and can also choose to store files on a GMail account. You can
see all files through the SMEStorage virtual file system.

The steps you need to take for this package are:

  • STEP 1: Register for the GMail + S3 package
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  • STEP 2: Activate your account
  • STEP 3: Login and go to My Account -> My Providers
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  • STEP 4: if you wish to Use Gmail as well as Amazon S3 add the Gmail provider
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  • STEP 5: Enter your GMail account information. We store this as encrypted information in
    our Database.
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  • This information is then authenticated against GMail
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  • STEP 6: Finally, you are ready to sync. If any files already exist in the GMail account they will be
    sync’d to SMEStorage cloud file system
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  • DONE !: You can now see the imported files available in the SMEStorage cloud file explorer.
  • Cloud Explorer

  • When you go to upload file to your cloud you now have the option to store them on
    SMEStorage S3 or on Gmail, and of course you can still encrypt files for each platform
  • Cloud Upload

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    SME New API Manual

    We’ve released another update to our API manual. This incorporates the new uploader API changes, email backup, and our an API for our forthcoming Fax integration.

    This API is what we use to design the tools and add on’s you use, from the iPhone Web Application to the Windows File Explorer and Microsoft and Open Office Add-In’s.

    You don’t need to worry about any provider we support, this API sits on top of that. Right now the two storage cloud providers we support are Amazon S3 and Google GMail, although we will be announcing several more soon. This API provides a real file system on top of these providers as well as offering all sorts of functionality such as sharing files, making files public etc.

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    Amazon Import / Export on all accounts

    In the recent batch of changes we also snuck in an Amazon / Import export for all accounts. This means that if you have a SMEStorage Account and you want to import your files to your own Amazon then you can. Alternatively if you want export your own Amazon S3 Account files to SMEStorage you can.

    And of course you can do combinations that involve AOL XDrive and GMail now also.

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