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What is IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)? | FileCloud

Infrastructure as a service or IaaS is a genre of cloud computing that offers instant virtual computing resources over the internet. IaaS is one of the three main components of cloud computing which includes software as a service or SaaS and Platform as a Service or PaaS.

With IaaS cloud computing service, organizations rent or lease cloud servers for computational and storage purposes. The rental servers allow the users to run any OS of their choice without maintenance or operational charges.

Each resource of IaaS is available as an individual service component; this gives users the freedom to choose the only service relevant to their needs. The IaaS infrastructure is managed by the service provider while the user handles the installation, configuration, and management of the particular service used.

Forbes predicts that by 2020 83% of enterprise workloads will be supported by the cloud. However, since its advent in the early 2010s, IaaS has become a contender in the race between microservices application, containers and serverless options.

Some of the common IaaS providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Digital Ocean, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, and Linode; most of which work best when used in tandem with FileCloud.

How does IaaS work?

The cloud service provider acts as a host for the personalized components of the IaaS infrastructure in IaaS technology. IaaS comes as an amalgamation of physical and virtual resources that provides users with the basic building block for running applications and workloads in the cloud.

IaaS infrastructure Primary Components
IaaS infrastructure Primary Components

The primary components involved are servers, storage, network hardware, virtualization of hypervisor layer, and a range of accompanying services for the smooth functioning of the IaaS infrastructure.

IaaS provides its users with access to computing resources virtually. The virtualized environment is maintained through public connections like the internet.

IaaS provider responsibilities include:

  • Creation, maintenance, and management of data center infrastructure
  • Offer storage space and computational power to the user
  • Offering maintenance-free databases, servers, and network structures
  • Establishment of a continuous virtualized environment for consumer use
  • Creating probable solution platforms to provide consumers with easy access, administration, and control over their individual component-rich infrastructure.

The responsibilities of the user include:

  • Choosing and giving a structure to strategize the virtualized environment
  • Install, set up, manage, and update the application software and OS according to personalized IT components.
  • Firewall configuration
  • IaaS network operation
  • Security integration to protect OS and installed applications
  • Data security measures including data encryption to prevent data theft
  • Implementing access and identity controls along with authentication strategies

What are the pros and cons of IaaS?

IaaS offers several benefits to the consumer increasing affordability and decreasing maintenance hurdles. It can help users scale the IT infrastructure more efficiently.

Pros and Cons of IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service)
Pros and Cons of IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service)


  • Pay-per-use and cost-efficiency

IaaS service can be used on-demand and its components can be broken down apiece to serve unique functions for a business. This reduces capital investment and induces cost efficiency. It also reduces the maintenance budget since it is a high-functioning borrowed service. Organizations can hence concentrate more on their business strategies and less on sustainable IT infrastructure.

  • Scalability

IaaS service infrastructure works to ensure authorized accessibility is always available from everywhere; evolving and updating with the need of the consumer. Hence, delays are less often in capacity expansion scenarios and wastage of unused capacity is minimized. Accommodating the needs of the client is of the highest priority for IaaS providers.

  • Time saving

A user can save a lot of time by choosing IaaS services because any upgrade or maintenance to the virtual or physical framework is automated through the service. Saving time increases productivity, which increases profitability.

  • Rapid Innovation

A user can make quick decisions regarding new launches. A new product, initiative, or program always has the necessary backup in the background for a quick start. Instead of taking days to months, the computing infrastructure can be built in minutes to hours.

  • Independence of location

Authorized consumers can access the IaaS environment from anywhere which increases productivity. Any urgent update can be made from anywhere in the world through the internet.

  • Sturdy service

If any of the hardware resources fail to perform, the service will remain unaffected. Therefore, there is no single point of failure.

  • Enhanced security

Appropriate accessibility permission, service agreement, and integrated encryption ensure that the IaaS service provides a better security platform than in-house security measures.

  • Quicker time to market

IaaS infrastructure can give businesses an edge over their competitors by providing faster time to market advantages with the help of flexibility and scalability.


  • Control over security

While enhanced security features are part of the IaaS infrastructure, the user does not have any control over cloud security. Thus reviewing the cloud service provider’s service level agreement or SLA is of utmost importance.

  • Flexibility or the lack thereof

While service providers manage and maintain the software, they do not always upgrade the software. This can cause abrupt crashes and productivity loss. Therefore, the creation of a clear agreement with the service provider is important.

  • Technical problems

Constant dependency on the IaaS means constant dependency on the service provider. Downtime, however little, can be devastating for such a business. Any website can crash at any given moment, and since the user has no control over the service, there is no way to manually fix it.

In the end

According to Gartner, the worldwide IaaS market is predicted to reach $76.6 billion by 2022. Businesses are taking notice and investing in IaaS like never before. Small and mid-range IT companies, enterprises like Siemens and Expedia, educational institutions, and government sectors are all using IaaS technology.

Some of the biggest enterprises in the world like Netflix, HP, Ericsson, and Xerox use IaaS infrastructure. File sharing and management for MSPs can be easily achieved with IaaS through cloud systems like FileCloud. FileCloud has also provided support to other IaaS user partners in consulting, finance, hospitality, and even the government sector.

Cloud computing is the most promising technology for the IT industry of the future because it can provide the best architectural solution to evolving IT problems.

There is a debate going on about whether PaaS, SaaS or other services are better than IaaS. The only way to make the right choice is to measure the pros and cons of all the services. However, IaaS has proven to be more resilient, secure, adaptable, and economical than any other infrastructure.

New 19.2 Release: DLP Azure, Data Classification and More

Data privacy regulatory landscape is changing fast. More and more countries are enacting their own data privacy regulations similar to GDPR. Organizations are facing a new reality where they need to comply with an array of data security privacy regulations (GDPR, CCPA, UK’s Data Protection Act 2018, and NZ Privacy Act) in a short period of time. Keeping the evolving future in mind, We are bringing major new FileCloud functionalities like Smart DLP, Smart Classification and SIEM Integration to make your content compliance and governance easy.

Smart DLP

Our simple, flexible, rule-driven Smart DLP system securely prevents data leaks from end users and can save enterprises from huge compliance fines.

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Smart Classification

Our Smart Classification engine automates your PII/PHI/PCI Discovery. Find personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), payment card information (PCI) and other sensitive content quickly.

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SIEM Integration

FileCloud now integrates with enterprise Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools. This new capability allows system administrators to monitor FileCloud alerts and audit events (What, When, Who and How) in one central place for ease of security management and complete protection.

Azure Blob Storage Support

Our vision is to make FileCloud – the most powerful cloud-agnostic enterprise file services platform that allows organizations to access, share, sync, search and govern organization data. This new release brings Azure Blob storage support to FileCloud making Azure as a first class citizen in our platform. It is a significant milestone in reaching our vision. With this new integration, FileCloud allows organizations to access, share, sync, search and govern organization content stored in Azure.  This integration will greatly benefit organizations in Azure ecosystem and companies who rely on Microsoft products and services.

In addition to the major features, the release includes hundreds of product improvements and security fixes. You can find complete release notes here.

Customer-centricity is one of our core values and our product roadmaps are driven by your requests. As such, we ask that you keep your feedback coming. We’re very proud of this update, and we hope that it comes to serve you well.

How MSPs Leverage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Many enterprises mainly rely on MSPs to manage their technology, and the deployment of cloud-based solutions with the help of a trusted managed service provider is rapidly becoming the norm. Enterprise architecture innovation leaders can greatly benefit from utilizing high-quality managed services when implementing and operating IaaS solutions on Google cloud platform, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The size of the opportunity for MSPs to support enterprises during and after their migration to the cloud is massive. The analysts at 451 research predict that cloud managed services will grow to a $43 billion market by 2018.

The arrival of massive scale platforms built by Google, Microsoft and Amazon has completely changed the enterprise infrastructure world. They are now capable of operating on a scale and efficiency that is virtually impossible to match. This coupled with an incomparable geographic scope has led to the creation of a critical mass of customers and an ecosystem of partners. The only way for the reseller market to survive the rapidly expanding cloud usage is to adapt. The market will be driven by its ability to meet the demands that arise from the surging complexity of technology, the network-dependency of infrastructure and applications, and the practices of the ever-more mobile workforce.

The Enterprise Cloud is Hybrid

One of the main motivations to keep workloads on-premises is typically the lack of ability to move them as-is or simply enterprise liability. As a result, more enterprises are opting for a hybrid deployment so that they can enjoy the efficacy and cost-saving benefits of a public cloud coupled with the security and control that comes with a private cloud. However, despite the fact that buying instances on AWS or Azure is a simple task; the skills needed to build, deploy and run an application is much more complex, various intricacies are bound to arise.

A recent survey championed by Microsoft revealed that 38 percent of people involved in the recruitment process of professionals with cloud skills in the last 12 months found it difficult to find the right skills. The survey went ahead to state that even as the number of professionals with right cloud-related skills continue to grow, the demand for those skills will likely increase at a faster rate than the available supply. According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, 2016; most customers start off by selecting a cloud platform that suits their workload, then look for an MSP to manage it. As opposed to finding a ‘managed-cloud’ solution from an MSP that offers basic IaaS capabilities on its platform. Customers also tend to extend existing managed services to include the management of a third party cloud IaaS offering.

If these trends are anything to go by, we can conclude that enterprise IT decision makers first select their IaaS, and only later realize their collective lack of skills to create a robust, enterprise environment. And the market is reflecting this change. In the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure report, Gartner surmised that 75 percent of effective implementations will be fulfilled by innovative, highly skilled MSPs with a cloud-native, DevOps-Centric service delivery approach. This tiny but growing group of managed service providers is filling a gap in a specific industry vertical.

Big Data Requires Big Performance

Information is power, and this digital age, data is everywhere. The struggle of how best to leverage this data rages on – but IaaS is almost always a part of the discussion. IBM recently reported that 2.5 million terabytes of data is produced daily. The inundating volume of information present a unique opportunity to both small and large business equipped to take advantage of it. According to the International Data Cooperation (IDC), the big data market is set to record a $48.6 billion growth by 2019. And a growing number of Managed Service Providers are positioning themselves to net a notable portion of that revenue.

Analyzing large datasets demands more than simply placing a few extra servers and hard disk arrays into an organization’s data center. A large majority of large data projects tend to fail because on-premises technology is too arduous to optimize and deploy, and sizing it rarely accurate. Most enterprises, large and small alike, simply lack the time, budget, staff, or bluntly, the interest to support and develop their own big data infrastructure. MSP can position themselves as infrastructure partners who not only manage by also provide a high performance, reliable foundation for short and long term big data needs.

Axiomatic Cost Benefits

With IaaS, MSPs instantly have the ability to provide enterprise-grade infrastructure without investing a ton of cash to deploy their own cloud. They also benefit from the latest hardware maintenance and updates while maintaining full control of sever usage – so scalability will never be a concern. Removing or adding servers is a breeze and you only have to pay for you use. The most appealing thing about leveraging IaaS is that it provides all the flexibility you require to offer services that cater to your client’s specific needs. At the end of it all, you credibility as an MSP is boosted because you are capable of providing reliable service

In Closing

For MSP’s who wish to deliver cloud services but feel that public cloud services are too impuisant to pricing pressures and lack sufficient privacy and security controls; utilizing Infrastructure as a Service can ease the time to market and reduce the costs associated with implementing a private cloud solution. As a matter of fact, some IaaS providers currently sell their solutions to both end-user consumers as well as to managed service providers.

Author: Gabriel Lando

When Does AWS GovCloud Make Sense?


With GovCloud, AWS has successfully managed to revolutionize the game by providing an extensive and surefire way to not only implement but also manage business technology infrastructure. By providing services based on their own back-end technology infrastructure, which they have spent over a decade perfecting, AWS guarantees one of the most reliable, cost-efficient and scalable web infrastructures. GovCloud was launched in 2011 to satisfy stringent regulatory requirements for local, state and federal governments. Its efforts to meet regulatory standards and increase feature consistency between its public sector and commercial solutions has led to the addition of dozens of new services and nine new private-sector regions across the planet. This enables the IT departments within agencies to reap similar benefits from cloud computing enjoyed by all other AWS users, such as improved scalability and agility and greater alignment of costs.

Amazon explains that GovCloud tackles specific regulatory and compliance requirements such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that regulates how defense-related data is stored and managed. In order to guarantee that only designated individuals within the United States have access, GovCloud segregates the data both physically and logically. AWS GovCloud is not limited to the government agencies; the region is also available to vetted organizations and contractors who operate in regulated industries. For example, government contractors have to secure sensitive information.

When Does AWS GovCloud Make Sense?

I. High Availability Is Important to Mission Critical Applications

Building a highly available, reliable infrastructure on an on-premise data center is a costly endeavor. AWS offers services and infrastructure to build fault-tolerant, highly available systems. By migrating applications and services to AWS GovCloud, agencies not only benefit from the multiple features of cloud computing but also instantly reap improvements in the availability of their applications and services. With the right architecture, agencies get a production environment with a higher availability level, without any additional processes or complexity.

Some of the services GovCloud users can access to get this easy out-of-the-box redundancy, durability and availability include: EC2 coupled with auto-scaling – for scalable capacity computing; VPC – to provision private isolated AWS sections; Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) – to automatically distribute incoming application traffic across multiple EC2 instances; direct connect – to establish a private connection between an AWS GovCloud region and your data-center; and Elastic Beanstalk – to deploy and scale web apps and services.

II. Big Data Requires High-Performance Computing

User productivity and experience are key considerations, and both hinge on the performance of applications in the cloud. Government agencies typically amass huge sets of data that carry crucial insights. AWS GovCloud allows you to spin up large clusters of compute resources on-demand, while only paying for what you use and obtaining the business intelligence required to fulfill your missions and serve your citizens. Additionally, GovCloud avails low-cost and flexible IT resources, so you can quickly scale any big data application, including serverless computing, Internet of Things (IoT) processing, fraud detection, and data warehousing. You can also easily provision the right size and type of resources you require to power your big data analytics applications.

III. High Data Volume Means Higher Storage and Backup Needs

A major consideration when migrating to the cloud is secure, scalable storage. For government organizations, this need is amplified, not only because of the volume of data that needs to be stored, but also because of the sensitive nature of said data. AWS provides scalable capacity and direct access to durable and cost-effective cloud storage managed by U.S. persons, while satisfying all security requirements. GovCloud users have access to multiple storage options, ranging from high-performance object storage to file systems attached to an EC2 instance. AWS also offers a native scale-out shared file storage service, Amazon EFS, that gives users a file system interface and file system semantics. Amazon Glacier and S3 provides low-cost storage options for the long-term storage of huge data sets.

Customers can have the information stored in Redshift, Glacier, S3 and RDS automatically encrypted with a symmetric-key encryption standard that utilizes 256-bit encryption keys. Additionally, using very simple approaches, IT systems can be backed up and restored at a moment’s notice.

IV. Critical Applications Should Scale With User Demand

Predictable workloads may require reserved instances during spikes, and such payloads need on-demand resources. AWS utilizes advanced networking technology built for scalability, high availability, security and reduced costs. Using advanced features such as elastic load balancing and auto-scaling, GovCloud users can easily scale on demand. Auto-scaling enables government agencies to maintain application availability by dynamically scaling your EC2 capacity up or down depending on the specified conditions. Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) provides re-sizable, secure compute capacity in the cloud. It is built to make web scale computing simpler, enabling users to efficiently and quickly scale capacity as computing requirements change.

In Closing

As the number of government organizations moving to the cloud continues to rise, these organizations will require a platform for compliance and risk management – a place where confidential, sensitive or even classified data and assets remain secure. GovCloud provides a quick way for government agencies to host and update cloud data and applications so that contractors and employees can focus on service delivery rather than managing server infrastructure.

Government organizations can take full advantage of GovCloud and all that it has to offer via content collaboration software. FileCloud on AWS GovCloud is an ideal solution for government agencies that want complete control and security of their files.
Click here to learn more about FileCloud on AWS GovCloud.


Author: Gabriel Lando

FileCloud Empowers Government Agencies with Customizable EFSS on AWS GovCloud (U.S.) Region

FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync platform, today announced availability on AWS GovCloud (U.S.) Region. FileCloud is one of the first full-featured enterprise file sharing and sync solutions available on AWS GovCloud (U.S.), offering advanced file sharing, synchronization across OSs and endpoint backup. With this new offering, customers will experience the control, flexibility and privacy of FileCloud, as well as the scalability, security and reliability of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This solution allows federal, state and city agencies to run their own customized file sharing, sync and backup solutions on AWS GovCloud (U.S.).

“Having FileCloud available on AWS GovCloud (U.S.) provides the control, flexibility, data separation and customization of FileCloud at the same time as the scalability and resiliency of AWS,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of FileCloud. “With these solutions, government agencies can create their own enterprise file service platform that offers total control.”

Government agency and defense contractors are required to adhere to strict government regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). AWS GovCloud (U.S.) is designed specifically for government agencies to meet these requirements.

By using FileCloud and AWS GovCloud (U.S.), agencies can create their own branded file sharing, sync and backup solution, customized with their logo and running under their URL. FileCloud on AWS GovCloud offers the required compliance and reliability and delivers options that allow customers to pick tailored cloud solutions. FileCloud is a cloud-agnostic solution that works on-premises or on the cloud.

“FileCloud allows us to set up a secure file service, on servers that meet our clients’ security requirements,” said Ryan Stevenson, Designer at defense contractor McCormmick Stevenson. “The easy-to-use interfaces and extensive support resources allowed us to customize who can access what files, inside or outside our organization.”

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Alternative to WatchDox – Why FileCloud is better for Business File Sharing?


FileCloud competes with WatchDox for business in the Enterprise File Sync and Share space(EFSS). Before we get into the details, I believe an ideal EFSS system should work across all the popular desktop OSes (Windows, Mac and Linux) and offer native mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. In addition, the system should offer all the basics expected out of EFSS: Unlimited File Versioning, Remote Wipe, Audit Logs, Desktop Sync Client, Desktop Map Drive and User Management.

The feature comparisons are as follows:

Features WatchDox
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support Buy Additional Product
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 20 users/ year $999 $3600

From outside looking-in, the offerings all look similar. However, the approach to the solution is completely different in satisfying enterprises primary need of easy access to their files without compromising privacy, security and control. The fundamental areas of difference are as follows:

Feature benefits of FileCloud over WatchDox

Unified Device Management Console – FileCloud’s unified device management console provides simplified access to managing mobile devices enabled to access enterprise data, irrespective of whether the device is enterprise owned, employee owned, mobile platform or device type. Manage and control of thousands of iOS and Android, devices in FileCloud’s secure, browser-based dashboard. FileCloud’s administrator console is intuitive and requires no training or dedicated staff. FileCloud’s MDM works on any vendor’s network — even if the managed devices are on the road, at a café, or used at home.

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprise wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides enterprise with flexibility to switch storage but also make switch very easily.

Embedded File Upload Website Form – FileCloud’s Embedded File Upload Website Form enables users to embed a small FileCloud interface onto any website, blog, social networking service, intranet, or any public URL that supports HTML embed code. Using the Embedded File Upload Website Form, you can easily allow file uploads to a specific folder within your account. This feature is similar to File Drop Box that allows your customers or associates to send any type of file without requiring them to log in or to create an account.

Multi-Tenancy Support – The multi-tenancy feature allows Managed Service Providers(MSP) serve multiple customers using single instance of FileCloud. The key value proposition of FileCloud multi-tenant architecture is that while providing multi-tenancy the data separation among different tenants is also maintained . Moreover, every tenant has the flexibility for customized branding.

NTFS Shares Support – Many organizations use the NTFS permissions to manage and control the access permissions for internal file shares. It is very hard to duplicate the access permissions to other systems and keep it sync. FileCloud enables access to internal file shares via web and mobile while honoring the existing NTFS file permissions. This functionality is a great time saver for system administrators and provides a single point of management.


Based on our experience, enterprises that look for an EFSS solution want two main things. One, easy integration to their existing storage system without any disruption to access permissions or network home folders. Two, ability to easily expand integration into highly available storage systems such as OpenStack or Amazon S3.

WatchDox neither provides OpenStack/Amazon S3 storage integration support nor NTFS share support. On the other hand, FileCloud provides easy integration support into Amazon S3/OpenStack and honors NTFS permissions on local storage.

With FileCloud, enterprises get one simple solution with all features bundled. For the same 20 user package, the cost is $999/year, almost 1/4th of WatchDox.

Here’s a comprehensive comparison that shows why FileCloud stands out as the best EFSS solution.

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Alternative to Varonis Datanywhere – Why FileCloud is better for Business File Sharing?


Varonis DatAnywhere will enter end of life (EOL) in February 2020. For existing users of DatAnywhere, this means no further product development and limited future support from Varonis. That’s not great! Luckily for users, it’s quick and easy to move to FileCloud, a similar file-sharing solution that offers greater security, more features and better support.

Here’s how you can migrate your data from Varonis DatAnywhere to FileCloud. This Varonis Datanywhere Migration whitepaper may also come in handy.

FileCloud and Varonis Datanywhere are both Enterprise File Share and Sync solutions (EFSS). What makes an ideal EFSS system to you? We think that the best EFSS solutions should work across all the popular desktop OSes (Windows, Mac and Linux) and offer native mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. But of course, the most important aspect of a superior solution: features that help you streamline your team’s workflows, such as Unlimited File Versioning, Remote Wipe, Audit Logs, Desktop Sync Client, Desktop Map Drive and User Management.

If that all sounds about right to you, let’s run through a feature comparison list to show FileCloud is a better alternative to Varonis Datanywhere for business file sharing.

The feature comparisons are as follows:

Features Varonis Datanywhere
On Premise
File Sharing
Access and Monitoring Controls
Secure Access
Document Preview
Document Edit
Outlook Integration
Role Based Administration
Data Loss Prevention
Endpoint Backup
Amazon S3/OpenStack Support
Public File Sharing
Customization, Branding
SAML Integration
NTFS Support
Active Directory/LDAP Support
API Support
Application Integration via API
Large File Support
Network Share Support
Mobile Device Management
Desktop Sync Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Native Mobile Apps iOS, Android, Windows Phone iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Encryption at Rest
Two-Factor Authentication
File Locking
Pricing for 750 users/ year ~$5,000 ~$5,200

Our approach to enterprise file-sharing and sync solutions soars far above our competitors’, in satisfying your enterprise’s needs — easy and quick access to your files without compromising privacy, security and control. Still not convinced? Read on for more detail about these fundamental areas of difference:

Feature benefits of FileCloud over Varonis Dataanywhere

Document Quick Edit – FileCloud’s Quick Edit feature supports the extensive editing of files such as Microsoft® Word, Excel®, Publisher®, Project® and PowerPoint® — directly from your personal devices. Simply select a document to edit from FileCloud Web UI, edit the document using Microsoft Office, save and let FileCloud take care of the rest: uploading the new file version to FileCloud, syncing to your servers, sending notifications, sharing updates with your team, and the like.

Embedded File Upload Website Form – FileCloud’s Embedded File Upload Website Form feature lets you embed a small FileCloud interface onto any website, blog, social networking service, intranet, or any public URL that supports HTML embed code. Using the Embedded File Upload Website Form, you can easily allow file uploads to a specific folder within your account. This File-Drop Box lets your customers or associates send any type of file without the hassle of logging in or creating an account.

Unified Device Management Console – FileCloud’s unified device-management console provides simplified control over devices that can access enterprise data, regardless of device ownership, mobile platform or device type. Manage and control the permissions of thousands of iOS and Android devices in FileCloud’s secure, browser-based dashboard. FileCloud’s administrator console is intuitive and easy to pick up. FileCloud’s MDM works on any vendor’s network — even if the managed devices are on the road, at a café, or used at home.

Device Commands and Messaging – Ability to send on-demand messages to any device connecting to FileCloud, provides administrators a powerful tool to interact with the enterprise workforce. Any information on security threats or access violations can be easily conveyed to the mobile users. Plus, all messages are sent without any SMS cost!

Amazon S3/OpenStack Support Enterprises wanting to use Amazon S3 or OpenStack storage can easily set it up with FileCloud. This feature not only provides your enterprise with the flexibility to switch storages, but also makes the process of switching extremely easy.

SAMLFileCloud supports a SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) based web browser Single Sign On (SSO) service. This provides full control over the authorization and authentication of hosted user accounts that can access your FileCloud web interface.

Multi-Tenancy Support – Managed service providers (MSPs) can use a single instance of FileCloud to serve numerous customers. The key value of FileCloud multi-tenant architecture is that while providing multi-tenancy, the data separation among different tenants is also maintained. Moreover, each tenant enjoys the flexibility of customized branding as data separation remains intact.

Endpoint Backup: FileCloud provides the ability to backup user data from any computer running Windows, Mac or Linux to FileCloud. You or your team can set up scheduled backups so that FileCloud automatically and regularly backs up selected data.


At half the price of Varonis Datanywhere, FileCloud offers more features and more value — allowing your enterprise to maximize productivity while minimizing costs. Every good enterprise needs a great file-sharing solution. Let us be yours.

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How to Monitor and Control AWS Costs

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As the leading cloud service provider, AWS has attracted a significant number of organizations prioritizing on cost efficiency through the cloud. Although this has largely been effective for most companies, there are still a couple that are operating on a higher budget than they earlier anticipated. They may have successfully reduced their overall costs- but they’re still yet to develop strategies to further minimize them. Such organizations are yet to fully realize the costs benefits of adopting cloud solutions.

If you’re part of such a company, you may be pleased to learn that all hope is not lost. AWS has a couple of strategies which could be employed to reduce your computing costs and subsequently control them effectually- but still maintain optimal computing performance. Here are some of the most efficacious tips to monitor and control AWS costs:

Keeping Up With New Instance Types

Amazon are famous for the attention they give their users. They consistently review their user’s comments and consequently improve their products to release new instance types according to their respective customer needs.  Of course it’s inadvisable to blindly adopt new instance types- but definitely worth it if potential cost savings outweigh the cost of adopting new solutions. It’s therefore prudent to review each new instance type according to its potential cost savings and overall computing benefits before considering it in your cloud strategy.

Although some don’t impact costs, a significant number of new instance types have a potential to further reduce your cloud costs. In 2014 for example, Amazon released new T2 instances which create “CPU Credits” during low-processing periods to automatically utilize during busy periods. This low-cost stable processing approach has proven to be particularly ideal for applications with rare spikes like development tools and small databases.

Leveraging Spot Instances

To cheaply operate and run background processes, you should consider leveraging spot instances. They allow you to dictate the maximum amount you’d be comfortable spending on the instances, consequently facilitating effective price control particularly during off-peak hours.

The main disadvantage of this feature however, is the fact that your instances may be prematurely terminated when the price is exceeded. Your processes could be stopped even when the jobs are 90% complete, resulting in cost and resource wastage since you’ll be compelled to restart the processes from scratch. The best strategy to prevent this is building an architecture with dynamically changing bid prices which don’t exceed on-demand prices. That means setting up a spot instance only auto-scaling group- CloudWatch will regulate the entire process by scaling up the groups within request parameters when price meets a bid. This setup should further be combined with a second on-demand auto-scaling group, with an ELB serving as a link between the two groups. Through it, requests will be efficiently shifted between on-demand and spot groups.

Reserved over On-Demand Instances

In a bid to reduce their overall cloud computing costs, many businesses have preferred reserved instances over on-demand instances. They are acquired for a period of one to three years, through an upfront or partial payment system. In some cases, users have managed to reduce their cloud computing costs by more than 50% by shifting from on-demand to reserved instances.

Although it may sound promising, it’s not all a bed of roses- there are a couple of complications which come with this option. For instance, it’s fairly difficult to correctly predict the amount of instances you’ll need over the next couple of years, especially if you’ve not been an avid user of AWS. Only the most experienced cloud users can accurately do so.

Adopting Monitoring Tools

The most fundamental step in cloud cost assessment and subsequent control is collecting accurate information on your regular costs vis-à-vis resource usage. Informed strategies can only be drawn up from comprehensive facts on regular cloud usage. Amazon has simplified this process by granting access to a wide range of tools that you could use to collect historical and current information on your cloud usage. Some of these third party applications additionally provide cost saving tips according to user behavior and cloud architecture. Two of the most prominent ones include;

  • Trusted Advisor: Although it provides fault tolerant, security and availability recommendations, Trusted Advisor’s main function is to recommend tools and opportunities which would significantly reduce your cloud spending. It monitors user CPU usage and has the capability of reducing your cloud costs by 20-50%
  • Cloudcheckr: This is the ideal tool if you need to track any unusual costs which may appear on your overall AWS bill. It uses sophisticated tools to assess your cloud environment and report results in detailed billing analysis and cost maps to give you a vivid picture of the underlying cloud operations and related costs. Consequently, standard policies are enforced and developers are alerted in cases resources are run outside that configuration.

In the year 2014, Amazon added Cost Explorer in the list to help users further monitor and manage their cloud computing costs. It keeps track of and displays regular reports on daily and monthly spend, monthly cost by linked account, and monthly cost by service.

By collectively combining these features in assessing, monitoring and controlling your AWS cloud costs, you’ll be in a better position to make significant savings which may even run into millions of shillings, depending on your company size. Such amounts may alternatively be invested in other business departments to improve your overall operations, service delivery and ultimately trigger exponential business growth.

Author: Davis Porter

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How to Use AWS for Disaster Recovery

A disaster is undoubtedly one of the most predominant risks when running a businesses. It refers to any event or phenomenon which interrupts normal businesses processes or finances. In most cases, disasters are triggered by human errors, physical damages resulting from natural occurrences, power outages, networks outages, and software or hardware failure.

To prevent such occurrences and minimize potential damages in case of one, many organizations invest a significant amount of time and resources in strategizing and preparing their company entities. In addition to training employees to handle disasters, companies are also required to implement adequate restoration measures in case of complete system failures. If your company has a typical traditional physical environment, the most effectual strategy of protecting it is duplicating the infrastructure on a secondary platform to ensure spare capacity in case of a disaster- That’s where cloud disaster recovery comes in. According to a 2014 Forrester Research Report, about 19% of organizations have already adopted cloud disaster recovery to cushion themselves against potential damages. A significant majority of the respondents who hadn’t yet implemented it claimed that they are already drawing up plans to do so.

As the most popularly used cloud service, AWS has invested a lot of resources in disaster recovery as a strategy for improving user experience and staying ahead of its competitors. With an infrastructure that is consistently maintained, AWS is always capable of kicking in to support your operations in case of a disaster. Additionally, it’s highly scalable with a pay-as-you-go plan, which opens it up to all types of businesses regardless of their disaster management budgets. To help you comprehend how you can use AWS for disaster recovery, here are some of the main features and their relevance to AWS Disaster Recovery:

Deployment Orchestration

As an organization, you can significantly boost your recovery capability by investing in post-startup software installation/configuration and deployment automation processes. Some of the tools that you could use include:

  • AWS OpsWorks: Built as an application management service, AWS OpsWorks facilitates operation of different types of applications and considerably eases deployment processes in case of a disaster. The service grants users tools necessary for creating an environment based on a series of layers which are configured as application tiers.
  • AWS ElasticBeanstalk: This is a flexible service critical for scaling and deploying a wide range of services and applications built on Docker, Ruby, Python, Node.js, PHP, .NET, and Java.
  • AWS CloudFormation: This allows you to easily build and provision a set of related AWS resources in a predictable and orderly fashion.


Just like Deployment Orchestration, there are three AWS database services which could be leveraged as you create a sustainable disaster recovery framework:

  • Amazon Redshift: This cost effective, fully-managed, fast, petabyte-scale database service is particularly ideal for the preparation phase of your entire disaster recovery strategy. It’s efficacious in data analysis and can be used to duplicate your entire data warehouse and subsequently store it in Amazon s3.
  • Amazon DynamoDB: Just like the former, this NoSQL data warehouse service can be effectively leveraged in the preparation phase to duplicate data to Amazon s3 or DynamoDB within another region. It’s fully managed, fast, and comes with single digit, millisecond latency.
  • Amazon Relational Database Service: Just as its name suggests, this is a user-friendly service optimized for setting up, scaling and operating relational cloud databases. It can used in the recovery phase to execute the production database, or in the preparation phase to store vital data in a running database.


Managing and modifying network settings is imperative if you need to smoothly shift to a secondary system in case of a disaster. Some of the primary AWS networking features and services that are effectual in this include:

  • Amazon Direct Connect: This service eases the process of building a dedicated network connection between Amazon Web Services and your organization. In case of a disaster, this strategy increases bandwidth throughput, reduces network costs and provides a better, more persistent network experience compared to internet-based solutions.
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud: This service allows you to create an isolated, private AWS cloud section where you can manage and operate resources within a determined virtual network. In case of a disaster, you can efficiently use it to push your existing network typology to the cloud.
  • Elastic Load Balancing: ELB is built to split applications and subsequently spread them across different EC2 instances. It’s capable of simplifying the implementation of your disaster recovery plan by pre-locating the load balancer, subsequently revealing its DNS name.

Regional Bases

To safeguard their data, many organizations choose to store their primary backups on sites located far away from their main physical environments. If an earthquake or a large scale computer malware hit the United States for example, businesses with secondary servers positioned outside the country would have a better chance of recovering than ones that don’t.

Amazon Web Services has servers spread out across the globe to cater to such clientele. You can therefore choose to place your disaster recovery data in a separate region from where your primary system is positioned. Some of the regions include Asia Pacific, EMEA and Americas. Due to the sensitivity of government data, there are also special regions which are only applicable to government organizations and China.

With these features, AWS has undoubtedly proven to be one of the most efficient disaster recovery service providers in the market. This list however is incomprehensive- there are many other features which are implemented depending on a user’s disaster recovery strategy. For a fully optimized disaster recovery framework, an organization should consult an expert to analyze its potential risks to subsequently draft a comprehensive disaster recovery plan with all the requisite AWS features.

Author: Davis Porter

Self-Hosted Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution FileCloud Now Available Via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace


AUSTIN, TEXAS – Aug 05, 2015 – CodeLathe, a leading provider of private and customized cloud solutions, announced today that FileCloud is now available through the Azure Marketplace. The availability of FileCloud for Azure will allow businesses to host FileCloud in the Azure infrastructure. Customers will experience FileCloud’s superior control over enterprise data and its industry leading customization capabilities bolstered by Azure’s scalability, and resiliency.

FileCloud empowers corporate IT departments, and managed service providers to create their own secure file sharing and sync platform. Since FileCloud is a pure-play software solution, businesses can choose to deploy it on premise or on public cloud IaaS services depending on their needs.

“FileCloud is the ideal file sharing, and sync platform for both private companies and public sector organizations who deal with sensitive data,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe. “By bringing FileCloud to the Azure Marketplace, now our enterprise customers get the best of both worlds: more control, security-enhanced, and customization of FileCloud; and the scalability, and resiliency of the Azure infrastructure.”

“Customers have told us that data security and control are critical for an enterprise file sharing platform,” says Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “The addition of FileCloud to the Azure Marketplace offers our customers security-enhanced file sharing solution where enterprises have more control over its business data, and how it is stored and shared.”

The important differentiators between FileCloud and the other file sharing, and sync solutions include: the ability to self-host on-premise or on the cloud; and its unique data security implementation that monitors and fixes data leakage, which is a critical component for clients in financial, government, and health sectors. Global 2000 companies trust FileCloud, across all industries in 55 countries around the world.

Pricing for FileCloud starts at US$999/year for 20 licenses. Additional user licenses cost just US$25 per user per year.

For more information or to try FileCloud on Azure, please visit FileCloud Azure or call 1-888-571-6480.