Enterprise File Share and Sync for SoftLayer

Enterprise File Share and Sync for SoftLayer

Use SoftLayer as an Enterprise File Share
and Sync (EFSS) solution

The Storage Made Easy Open Cloud Platform provides a unique integration with SoftLayer that enables ISP's and enterprises to rapidly leverage SoftLayer object storage.

The 30 minute video demo below gives a full overview of the SME solution for SoftLayer.



The SME software Appliance enables business to rapidly take advantage of SoftLayer with support for a business ready Web File Manager, cloud drive integration into Mac, Windows, Linux Desktop's, and also instant access to files via Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone mobile clients.


SoftLayer provides an API to enable access to SoftLayer files, and organises data in containers. AN API is not intuitive for business users when working with data. Storage Made Easy overlays a file system on top of SoftLayer which users are familiar with.

The Platform also optionally enables other Clouds to be integrated such as native local data (CIFS / NFS), or even other cloud data (Office 365, Salesforce, SharePoint etc), all presented in unified view.


Many users already have existing tools and clients with which they manage their data. To ensure continuity and easy access to SoftLayer files, Storage Made Easy adds standard API's to the SoftLayer platform, such as WebDav and FTP / SFTP.


The SME SoftLayer offering also has built in support for backing files up to other Clouds so that users can have the security of knowing their data is highly available.


The SME platform for SoftLayer is supplied as a software Appliance in VMWARE or as an OVF interoperable hypervisor format, as well as being deployable into SoftLayer Compute. Please contact us for further details.

We can provide a pre-configured instance of the Storage Made Easy software on a Linode instance if required.


Storage Made Easy can also be used with other IBM Cloud Object Storage solutions other than Softlayer.

EFSS Features added to SoftLayer

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  • File System: SME places a true file manager on top of SoftLayer so users can work with data more intuitively - with a file manager interface they are used to.
  • File Names are not changed: Unlike some other SoftLayer solution SME does not transcode or change file names. SME is completely open and does nothing proprietary with files stored on SoftLayer.
  • Cloud Drives: SME provides native Cloud Drives for Mac, Windows and Linux that integrate SoftLayer storage directly into the business desktop.
  • Cloud Sync: SME provides native Sync from SoftLayer storage to the business desktop for Mac, Windows and Linux.
  • Visual Permissioning: We place a true visual permissioning console in the hands of administrators to make it easy to work with SoftLayer from a user access control perspective.
  • Active Directory / LDAP / SSO Integration: Full integration and single sign-on with Active Directory.
  • Ubiquitous API Access: SME adds an Amazon S3, SFTP, FTP, and WebDav interface to access SoftLayer files.
  • File Versioning: Versioning and file locking is built into the Storage Made Easy platform. If the same filename is uploaded to the same folder, the new file will be versioned and visible using our unique visual versioning UI feature..
  • File Event Auditing Storage Made Easy supports granular file event auditing with associated IP Address. Reports are searchable and obtainable as excel reports or can be output as SysLog format for integration with tools such as Splunk.
  • Encryption: SoftLayer files can be encrypted using public/private key SHA-256 bit encryption in which only the Admin or User knows the key.
  • Advanced Secure File Sharing:SoftLayer files can be securely shared with time expiry and password protection.
  • GEO Location Recording: Storage Made Easy can record the location when a file is uploaded and also the endpoint location of where it was stored. This can be important from a regulatory perspective.
  • Classification Tagging: Helps users easily organize and find files.
  • Full File Content Search: Searches can search within files stored in SoftLayer due to integration with Apache SOLR. Find out more.



Cloud Control Built in

Storage Made Easy makes Enterprise File Share and Sync is built upon its Cloud Control Gateway which provides Information Governance for files and documents.