Using Amazon S3 with the SME Cloud Gateway Appliance is now free !

From today, using your own Amazon S3 keys is not free ! Previously the only way to use Amazon S3 with SMEStorage was to sign up for the Individual Lifetime Cloud package which gives you access to up to 10 storage clouds in one virtual view, and also our comprehensive windows tools.

Amazon S3 includes support for buckets from all regions and also supports visual RRS and RRS conversion as well as managed file encryption, and the integration with services such as Zoho and Picnik for in-browser document  and image editing. We also provide a free Windows Cloud Dashboard to work with your files. Unlike other Amazon S3 tools our aim is to present a business overlay on top of Amazon S3 rather than a complete tech view that other tools and providers support.

SMEStorage Windows Cloud Dashboard

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SME enhance Amazon S3 RRS Bucket and file conversion with visual identification of RRS files

As per our prior blog post, we added support for users who use Amazon S3 with their own keys to be able convert Amazon S3 buckets and files to Amazons new Reduced Redundancy Storage, which can results in some big savings from a cost perspective.

Since then, we’ve had lots of our individual professional and business users want two extra things:

1. The ability to convert individual files

2. The ability to visually see which files are RRS S3 files.

In the last revision of our platform which was upgraded last night we added both these features. If you add files to the Cloud Clipboard, you can now choose to have these processed as RRS files. This is done from My Account->Providers->Amazon S3-Settings.

Once converted the files look different from normal Amazon S3 files which have the Amazon logo as they have a small red identifier in the bottom left corner to mark them out as RRS files. You can of course choose to convert individual files or buckets back from RRS to S3 any time you wish

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SME Muti-Cloud Storage Virtualisation DashBoard Chrome Extension available

We’ve released our Multi-Cloud SMEStorage Virtualisation Dashboard today on Google’s Chome extension site. This Dashboard enables you to manage and work with your storage clouds from one view, just like the rest of the SMEStorage Data Access Clients. Up  to 10 Clouds can be managed from one Virtual Cloud File System (VCFS) and the data is integrated with some web 2.0 viewers and editiors such as Google’s viewer and Zoho office.

The extension supports: Microsoft SkyDrive; Micrsoft Live Mesh, Google Docs, Amazon S3, MobileMe, RackSpace Cloud Files, Amazon S3, GMail (GDrive), Email (EDrive), FTP, Mezeo Personal Storage Cloud, and WebDav enabled clouds.

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SME adds Amazon RRS support with additional options for conversion

Amazon S3 Redundancy Storage (RRS) that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than the standard storage of Amazon S3. The RRS option stores objects on multiple devices across multiple facilities, providing 400 times the durability of a typical disk drive, but does not replicate objects as many times as standard Amazon S3 storage does, and thus is even more cost effective.

We’ve now added support for Amazon RRS to our Amazon S3 cloud storage management for our customers who use Amazon S3 with their own keys through the Individual Lifetime Cloud Account.

To configure an existing S3 bucket to use RRS for new uploads go to:

My Account->Providers->Amazon S3->settings->Manage buckets/containers

Select the default storage option for any of the buckets (Standard or RRS).  If you choose ‘RRS’ from that point on any new uploaded data to that bucket will use RRS.

To convert your existing data to use RRS again go to:

My Account->Providers->Amazon S3->settings->Convert files storage type

  • Select the bucket you want to convert from the drop down list
  • Select the storage option (RRS or Standard)
  • Select all files from bucket
  • and then press convert files all the files in that bucket are converted to  the chosen storage option

If you want to convert individual files from different buckets then you can also add the files you want to convert to the cloud clipboard when in the Cloud File Manager.  When you then process the convert this will change the storage option for the files you have in the clipboard.

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Cloud Storage update

A lot has been going on in the world of Cloud Storage in the last 24 hours ! Amazon have introduced a new storage option for Amazon S3 called Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) that enables customers to reduce their costs by storing non-critical, reproducible data at lower levels of redundancy than the standard storage of Amazon S3. We’ll be adding the ability to take advantage of RRS into our S3 solution in the next couple of weeks and will provide more details when this is done.

It seems that Google is also going to have a Google Storage solution similar to Amazon S3. Google is positioning this as a direct competitor with Amazon’s S3 cloud storage and the service will be called Google Storage for Developers, or ‘GS’.  We look forward to this launch. We already support a very fully-featured version of Google Docs and we will also  add support for this GS cloud as soon as it is available.

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