Enterprise File Fabric

Storage Made Easy provides a multi-cloud secure data management solution, The File Fabric, that is deployed on-premises, is storage agnostic and can be used either with a single storage back-end or multiple public / private storage systems. When deployed on-premises the File Fabric is totally private with no callbacks or monitoring, the latter of which should be integrated into the customers monitoring or alternatively the customer can setup File Fabric monitoring with Grafana.

The File Fabric unifies the storage view across all access clients and implements a common control and governance policies through the use of its policy and governance features.

The product is supplied as a software 'appliance' that is run inside of a hypervisor and consists of a pre-configured 'hardened' operating system (CentOS) and the File Fabric Application services.

The File Fabric can be provided as an OVF compliant image or as a VMWARE image. Both of these can work with ESXi, KVM or Hyper-V infrastructures.

The purpose of providing the Appliance in a package manner is to simplify delivery and operation of the File Fabric Application. Deployment of an Appliance in this manner can also eliminate problems with installation and configuration such as software or driver issues. Users simply download a single file and run and configure the Application.

What does the File Fabric provide ?

The File Fabric can be privately deployed On-Site or on IaaS infrastructure (ie. Amazon EC2, Azure Cloud, Google Cloud, VMWare Marketplace etc).

Specifically it provides a solution to the following issues:

  1. It adds a common control point for File and Object Data services
  2. It provides a Single-Sign-On integration with corporate IAM services seamlessly through to back-end storage services.
  3. It provides secure file/folder sharing policies for file and object data
  4. It provides FIPS certified streamed encryption for file/object data.
  5. It provides a common control point for governance / compliance of file / object data.
  6. It provides increased end-user productivity through built in file transfer acceleration , unified search and collaboration capabilities.

It can also be used to satisfy common use cases such as behind the firewall secure file sharing often referred to as the 'Private DropBox' or 'Enterprise' DropBox use case for file and object data.

File Fabric Logical Architecture

The File Fabric is composed of:

The core engine which incorporates:

- Security Manager(s)
- Audit Manager
- Access Control Manager
- Indexing service
- Cloud Backup service
- Content Search and Discovery service

The File Fabric connects to over 60 file/object storage solutions on the and entry points include:

- File Fabric Native Applications
- WebDav API
- S3 API

These API's and Apps enable entry points to all data irrespective of whether the mapped clouds support such protocols or entry points or not.

It is also important to note that the solution is non-propreitary and therefore supports bi-modal use directly to the storage solutions that have been mapped to the File Fabric. If content is added to storage directly the File Fabric's indexing service adds the new data to the File Fabric's metadata cache.

Further Resources: Solution Architecture Whitepaper