Enterprise File Fabric Main Concepts

It is useful to understand the main concepts behind the File Fabric before beginning first use. This short section will outline the main concepts:

1. The File Fabric enables Companies to combine different on-premises / on-cloud storage solutions to provide single pane of glass access and management to corporate data and to simplify compliance and collaboration for end users. No data is copied or replicated, rather the File Fabric indexes the metadata of the files on the connected storage solutions.

2. When you first start working with the File Fabric for Teams first check that the username selected is correct. This is normally the name of your company. users will log in as this company username to administer your account.

Any users added will become username@companyname. Administrators can change the username from the DashBoard on login from the web if required.

For companies using the on-premises enterprise file fabric solution it is possible to setup the system to login only with a username rather than username@companyname.

3. For SaaS users, initially the only storage available in the File Fabric is that provided by Storage Made Easy. The amount of storage provided on the Storage Made Easy Cloud will depend on the package that is signed up for, and users can see how much storage is available from the right sidebar on login via the web.

Further Storage from SME can be added from the “Cloud Apps” section.

For enterprise on-premises use the solution can be setup to have default storage similar to how SME presents default storage on its SaaS system.

For service providers in addition to setting a default storage for their users they can also enable their customers to bring their existing storage, such as DropBox etc, along with them.

4. For Team use the Cloud Administrator will likely want to add other clouds for use. This can be done this from the DashBoard after login to the web by invoking the new provider wizard form the DashBoard.

5. No user will be able to see any information on any new cloud added until the Team Administrator enables access using the visual permissioning console. See here on the Wiki for more details.

6. Once folders have been shared the Team Admin can assign access permission. See here on the Wiki for more details.

7. If administrators want to share the whole remote file cloud they just share the root node.

8. Users can create,access, edit files in their own home directory which other users will not be able to access unless they choose to put these files in a shared folder, or are given the permission to create a shared folder.

9. User information is stored on the Cloud that the administrator sets in the DashBoard as the Default / Primary Cloud. By default for SaaS users this is the Storage Made Easy Cloud.

10. The Cloud Admin can apply governance controls to all users across clouds. Find out more about this on the Wiki here.

Next Section: Initial login and getting started

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