Updated SugarSync Cloud Storage iOS App Launched

Friday, April 19th, 2013


SugarSync, the cloud storage service that lets users access, share and sync all their important media and documents from a range of devices, recently announced its updated iOS app to its users. Prior to the apps release, the provider said the update was created with users in mind; to correct common flaws users highlighted about its predecessor through feedback.

With its interface redesigned and features enhanced to deliver optimum levels of performance, Apple aficionados will be eager to put the new file management platform to the test.

SugarSync’s new de-clogged design and more intuitive navigation controls allow for speedier access to stored folders and files. The navigation includes a new device filter, which grants users the ability to view all the folders in the cloud, or just the folders syncing to a particular computer. The management of shared files has also been tidied up considerably through the introduction of the ‘Shared by Me’ and ‘Shared with Me’ folders.

The app’s sleek user interface is also now mirrored across the cloud storage provider’s other platforms, such as their latest desktop and web apps.

SugarSync’s much requested Cloud Search feature now allows users to search for any file or folder which has been synced with their cloud from any of their linked mobile or desktop devices. Search results are sorted into different categories to further simply the process.

The new Open In feature means users can open and save files from other apps directly into their SugarSync app. For instance, if an Excel file is received in a user’s inbox, there’s the choice of saving it to the SugarSync Cloud straight from an iOS-based device. You can also select the folder to save it in.

SugarSync CEO Mike Grossman stated: ‘With our always growing mobile jobs and lifestyles, we not only recognize the significance of enabling people to access their files at anytime, anywhere, but also how we can make it simpler for them to be more productive when they’re on the move. We’ve kept the same powerful cloud storage aspects our users have come to depend on from the original iOS app, and have enhanced this version with some highly sought after new additions such as Cloud Search and Open In functionality.

More information can be found on the SugarSync website.

Salesforce.com Service Cloud Storage Goes Mobile

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Salesforce.com is hoping that the building dominance of the mobile device revolution will spur more companies to embrace its Service Cloud Storage application, after releasing a free mobile add-on for their customer service.

This new offering, which is HTML5-orientated, includes mobile co-browsing to enable salespeople to help consumers complete transactions through their mobile devices, as well as in-application links to mobile-based char and mobile communities for customer services.

Michael Peachey, Salesforce.com Director of Solutions Marketing, stated: ‘Mobile is such an all-encompassing technology that I think it’ll drive customers to rethink how they are deploying customer service.’

The cloud storage and CRM specialist has marginally adjusted its slogan of ‘social, mobile, local’ to ‘social, geo-aware and touch’ as it sharpens its mobile customer service focus. Peachey commented: ‘Legacy customer service systems are quite simply not built for this new mobile era.’

Salesforce.com revealed that it has many more similar innovations up its sleeve which it plans on releasing throughout 2013. Alex Bard, the company’s Service Cloud Storage GM, said: ‘Salesforce.com is doubling down mobile.’

CommBank has utilized Salesforce.com’s cloud storage services for internal and external social marketing, networking, and its IdeaBank campaign back in 2011.

Michael Harte, their Chief Information Officer, disparaged public cloud storage concerns as ‘rubbish’, detailing that a dozen applications had been shifted onto Amazon Web Services.

David Tannis, CommBank’s Manager of Information Systems & Frontline Analytics, however, stated that his company wasn’t in the business of divulging customer information to a cloud storage provider. ‘We prefer our data managed by the company, for the customers, and stored here in Australia,’ he said at a Gartner conference.

Salesforce.com hosts data in Singapore, Japan, and the United States. A spokesperson recently commented that the company is still firmly committed to creating an Australian data center, but that a timeframe or completion date could not be given.

New Google Cloud Storage File Previewing

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Cloud storage provider Google Drive recently announced, on the same day it released its new application for Android, that there is a file preview feature now available for all their users.

It is now possible to quickly preview over 25 different file types, flipping between them until you find the one you’re looking for. If you can’t see this new feature in your cloud storage control panel, there’s no need to panic; Google Drive has stated that it’s being rolled out gradually and should be with all users within the week.

Once the feature has integrated with your account, the preview window will automatically show audio, video, images, and document files. Once a file is in preview mode, arrows to either side can be clicked to scroll through in a slideshow fashion. A zoom function will also be available.

Some may say the most efficient way of locating files is by browsing through a list layout. However, if you’re a cloud storage user who often backs up hundreds of media-based files such as videos and images, this is a great way of speeding up the process of finding a needle in a haystack.

More information on this update can be found on the Google Drive cloud storage website.

Google’s Cloud Storage Third-Party Application Integration Boosted

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Since Google Drive’s inception last year, the tech giant has shown no difficulty in competing with rivals such as Dropbox, SkyDrive and iCloud.

Third-party applications that interact with Google Drive have been long buried, but Google has now announced that changes have been made to make this a thing of the past.

Nicolas Garnier, a Google developer of Drive and Web APIs, commented on the company’s developer blog that more than a hundred different third-party applications feature Google Drive integration, and will be simpler to access and discover.

Space has been added to the ‘Create’ menu for third-party applications to stand alongside others from Google such as Docs and Sheets, plus a ‘Connect to Drive’ application browser to search for Drive-enabled web applications without having to leave the cloud storage service at all.

Clicking the Create button reveals whatever third-party web applications you’ve connected with your Google Drive account, alongside the standard first-party Google applications.

Garnier wrote: ‘This makes your Drive-connected applications easier to reach and more visible to Drive users.’

Once clicking the Connect More Apps within the Create menu, users can browse Drive-connected applications directly from Drive, eliminating the need to visit the Chrome Web Store.

Google Developers whose applications are already compatible with Drive and featured in the Chrome Web Store’s Drive section don’t have to do anything additional for their applications to be consequently integrated as Google will automatically make this happen.

It was recommended by Garnier that Google App developers not yet integrating with Drive should check out the steps on the cloud storage provider’s website to learn more about the process and benefits.

ASAP Systems Integrates into Box Cloud Storage

Friday, February 15th, 2013

One of the market giants of tracking systems and inventory management, ASAP Systems, has just announced their integration with cloud storage provider Box in order to assist all kinds of organizations and businesses with efficiently tracking fixed assets and inventories.

By using the web-based application from ASAP, known as the ASAP BarCloud, organizations have a simple and convenient way to manage and track all their asset and inventory details in a centralized location, and can access those details around the clock from any platform.

Because of the secure sharing platform from Box, ASAP customers can additionally backup their data with ease, guaranteeing protection from any potential disasters and can be recovered within hours if need be.

‘Data backup is a vital factor of how our customers plan for and manage their tracking systems,’ commented Greg Wachowiak, ASAP Systems’ Chief Technology Officer. ‘We recommend that everyone have a data disaster recovery plan in operation, just in case data becomes lost or damaged due to human error, technology failure, or another form of disaster.’

ASAP BarCloud lets cloud storage users backup their files at the click of a button, which will ensure a ‘point-in-time’ copy of data can be recovered quickly and simply, enabling business operations to reinstate with minimum inconvenience if a disaster happens.

Users of ASAP Systems’ server/client-orientated solution, ASAP Passport, can also effortlessly create an automatic function to backup data from Passport to their computer. This file can later be auto-synced with their servers.

More cloud storage details can be found on the ASAP Systems and Box websites.

New Cloud Storage Contender SurDoc to Appear at CES 2013

Friday, January 25th, 2013

A new contender in the cloud storage market, known as SurDoc, recently announced it will be making an appearance at CES 2013 where it will show avid tech enthusiasts what it has to offer.

CES (the International Consumer Electronics Show) is one of the biggest and most followed consumer electronics exhibitions in the world. Although it’s commonly held in Las Vegas these days, its first show was held in New York back in 1967. The exhibition has played a significant role in introducing the world to standout innovations such as Pong in 1975, HD TV in 1998, and Blu-Ray in 2003.

Though many may not have heard of SurDoc, the cloud storage provider hopes to change this by informing users of its intentions to become a leader of cloud-based services. They plan to demonstrate one of their prized and patented features known as the VisiDoc interface, and also their cloud storage security breakthrough TruPrivacy.

TruPrivacy has the potential to offer users peace of mind when using their cloud storage account due to the fact that hackers, unauthorized third-parties (such as government-based), industry associations, and even SurDoc personal can’t access their stored data.

More information can be found on SurDoc’s website.

Xbox Offers Apology and Compensation to Cloud Storage Users

Friday, January 4th, 2013

If you’re one of the Xbox Live users who’ve been affected by the company’s cloud storage outage last week, finding yourself unable to access game saves, then here’s a piece of news you’ll love to hear.

In light of the service downtime, Microsoft has recently announced that anyone affected will receive a thirty day extension to their Xbox Gold membership account for free.

‘It took longer than we expected to return to full performance,’ Microsoft commented upon fixing the cloud storage service, ‘as we needed to ensure the integrity of our user’s game saves.’

‘Whether you weren’t able to access your game saves for a couple of hours or days, we sincerely apologize for the delay and any inconvenience it may have caused. We can assure you we will also be doing a thorough post-mortem to help avoid such occurrences from happening again in the future.’

If you are eligible for the extension of your Gold membership, Microsoft assured that it will be automatically added.

‘We know exactly who was affected, and we will handle all the extensions on our end.’

Imation Releases New Cloud Storage Service

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

International scalable data storage and security company, Imation Corp., recently announced the release of its new cloud storage security services for businesses, known as Imation Backup Services.

Imation ONE Backup Services, now available in the US and Canada, provides a safeguard to laptop and desktop computers, while Imation PRO Backup Service provides the same benefits plus the addition of server protection.

Imation ONE and Imation PRO both offer an effective, capable and affordable cloud storage solution which can meet the fast recovery and backup needs of modern day businesses. They also offer backup duplication for enhanced security, military grade encryption, and an easy-to-use portal for web-based restores.

Business development and director of Imation, Tom Gelson, stated: ‘Many companies still don’t backup their data to the cloud, despite the overt risks of possible data loss. Cloud storage services provide one option, yet many companies are hesitant to rely on cloud storage for sensitive files.’

The end product of both cloud storage services is a failsafe for businesses without any data protection currently employed, which can fit in seamlessly and add a vital offsite layer of storage to provide the ultimate backup and restore plan for sensitive data.

Symphony Cloud Storage Released from Savvis

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Savvis, an arm of CentruyLink, has announced the limited release of its new Symphony Cloud Storage that unites both unlimited capacity and global accessibility with the safety and security of business demands.

Though any business has the option to access Symphony Cloud Storage via the public internet, existing clients of the CenturyLink private network don’t need to pay for data transfer fees when downloading files. Also, clients who host or collocate in a cloud storage operating data center aren’t required to pay transfer fees to move files from infrastructure to cloud storage and vice versa.

Built on the extensively used EMC Atmos platform and compatible with the framework of EMC Atmos API, Symphony Cloud Storage enables users to integrate solutions from vendors already utilizing EMC technologies.

Savvis’ cloud is available from any location in the world and is hosted from data centers situated in Washington D.C., Toronto, London, Santa Clara, Calif, and Singapore.

Symphony Cloud Storage is currently open to a limited amount of Savvis clientele, but will offer full commercial availability in the early quarter of 2013.

FileLocker Cloud Storage Launched

Friday, December 14th, 2012

InfraScale have just released their cloud storage-based and privately deployable data storage, syncing and sharing platform. The Californian company’s template for enterprise-grade cloud storage, according to CEO Ken Shaw, was inspired by ‘what SharePoint was’ before too many features were incorporated.

Shaw expressed that FileLocker’s key objective was to recreate simplicity and seamless file sharing for businesses, but also with superior mobile and web access.

FileLocker takes a ‘three-tiered encryption’ approach when it comes to security. Data is encrypted before it leaves a device and is then protected by 256 bit secure socket layer encryption in transit. Once at rest in cloud storage, they are encrypted again.

This means that only FileLocker users can access data on the cloud storage platform. There’s also no chance that a compromised system, rogue employee or even a court order could extract any stored data. ‘It surprises us that it’s not a standard requirement in the collaboration industry,’ Shaw said.

Active Directory support is key to getting enterprises on board. LDAP integration allows administrators to use recognizable user management features. Shaw explained that FileLocker can be set up quickly by IT administrators, being a simple ‘two hour deployment job’.