Community Edition is out!

In fact it’s out there since Friday and has already been downloaded many times! Now you can download a free bundle with a single server YobiDrive Y3 sharing platform and YobiDrive FX professional file sharing. That’s a great way to start building your own, private file sharing solution.

And there’s more than that:

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Securing the Internet of Things

In the years to come, millions of smart things will push very personal data to the cloud. This Sci-Fi scenario raises many security questions, regarding both data transmission and long term storage. And the sad thing is that smart objects aren’t that smart, they most of the time require processing and aggregation of raw data: how to secure that ?

Here is our vision.

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Internet Of Things: towards Smart Object Storage (Contextual NoSQL)

Just commented on a Tech Republic blog post, and thought it was worth developing the idea.

Many people see the Internet Of Things just like a pure buzz, a word with no other meanings or stakes than pure marketing. That something we can’t agree with, there are very specific challenges behind “IOT”. IOT is about cloud. Cloud is about storage – and computing -, and storage needs to become smarter, more contextual. Here’s why.

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NoSQL key value behind Y3: DiskMap ( Vinoth’s special)

Well, Vinoth at Linked IN is waiting for, eh, 6 months for this post? Sorry for this. So, this one’s for you!

We’ll be busy with YobiDrive FX, secure web file sharing, large file sending and digital vault based on Y3, plus many other things. We’re working on getting connectors to run Y3 on other scalable key values, and on AWS. So finally here it is: what is below the dynamo ring, and why?

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Digital safe or Strongroom ?

Yesterday I got the question: “What’s the difference between YobiDrive’s strongroom concept and “safe” or “vault” branded applications? Answer lies in what you can do with it. YobiDrive is much much more than a safe: it’s a safe enabler for cloud apps.

But let’s first come back to real life. What is your bank safe for ? It is for storing individual information, and usually not tons of information: a bank safe is quite small by nature. And that’s funny to see how this also turns to be true in the electronic world.
Electronic safes, numeric safe, vaults, however you call them, are ( or should, because some only have the name ) “transparent” storage places where only the owner has access to the content, just like a bank safe. The bank clerk ( the system administrator in the electronic world ) shouldn’t have access to data. There are initialitives of that kind in many countries, with various flavors and no ubiquitous market leader. When you remove the transparency feature, those are very basic applications with no other specific value added. Just like your bank safe, which is just a box without its secured door.

Now move one step backwards and look at the strongroom containing the individual safes: there is much more potential in there. First, you could imagine people meeting there and exchanging confidential information. Then, if the strongroom is big enough, you could have a full business process inside, bringing its own value added, plus total confidentiality.

Cloud computing has created many opportunities for cost reduction, but also many difficulties in maintaing confidentiality: that’s where a virtual strongroom makes things possible, without putting everything in the hands of a centralized system administrator.

That is what YobiDrive Keys has been designed for: managing the strongroom. It can be complemented by YobiDrive ObjectCloud, which directly embeds S3 compatible calls, collaborative filesystem management, and APIs for the internet of things.
So, basically, the cloud service publisher only has to focus on the business and collaborative features of the app, the strongroom management is almost transparent to him, technically and financially. Many applications can benefit from enhanced cloud condidentiality, in the area of finance, personal data, business exchanges, health-care… and of course file storage and sharing, bringing not only confidentiality, but also the value added from the app itself, and the benefits of cloud, such as prices, resilience, availability or scalability.

YobiDrive strongroom protected file sharing is just the visible part of the iceberg. It had to be there, for the iceberg to be visible. But there is much more you can do.

Professional file sharing reloaded (why dual key encryption?)

YobiDrive Key is available since last week on Apple’s App Store and on Google play. This is a new and fun way to access cryptographically protected data in the cloud, starting with professional file sharing.

As stated in ESG’s analysis “Online File Sharing and Collaboration in the Enterprise”, data security and privacy concerns are the number one factor preventing wide scale adoption of public cloud computing services. But how to get to the expected data privacy in cloud storage, file sharing or other cloud based services ?

This brings us to our key concept: “confidentiality by design”

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Now open! Try it out, there are some welcome gifts for you…

Well, that’s it: YobiDrive, the professional file sharing embedding dual key encryption is now open! And we’re close to the end of the year… do you like surprises ?

 

Until the end of the year, activation of your trial will entitle you to more gifts. What will it be ? Extra months for your membership? Larger membership? Rebate ? Lifetime advantage ? Chttttt….

… let us surprise you!

The bottle opener syndrome

Have you ever been confronted to one of these bottle openers, so sophisticated and complicated, that it takes you longer only to figure out how it works than to actually open the bottle? Well, I have. And it seems that the same happens in the IT world. Too many features, non user-friendly interfaces, hours and hours of endless training to be able to use one damn software…

Actually, it is a trap we all have been tempted to fall into. It happened to us : willing too much to add features to fit particular clients’ needs in what should have been a generic product, we were starting to kill it. Some say less is more, they are probably right. We reworked our strategy.

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And then they were three (and Red Green Blue)

So strange to re-read the title of this post… I suddenly feel much younger, when Genesis split and launched the album of the same name.

This post is not about prog-rock, but about some basics of the dynamo NoSQL storage model behind the professional, secured file sharing YobiDrive and the API Y3 ObjectCloud, about replication factors and routing, about server team spirit (you read well), about visual management and finally about our choices to keep maximum resilience while minimizing cost of operations by being – just a bit – heretics.

As a reminder, we’re speaking here of a massively scalable storage… with the single ability to do put(key,data) and get(key). All other features are covered by the upper layers, such as our implementation of B+Tree indexes and the collaboration layer. The job of the storage layer is to store and retrieve data with high resilience, great performance, maximum scalability and…

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Super Mario’s toolbox

Consumer vs. Business.

 

That’s a tough one isn’t it? Consumers are more numerous. But businesses have more money.  That’s a fact.

 

What we can also agree on is that, whatever it is that we are talking about, consumers’ needs and businesses’ needs have nothing to do with one another. It might seem basic and redundant, but I think it is worth repeating it: professionals need tools made by professionals and for professionals.

Do you really think that your plumber uses the same wrenches as the ones you’re keeping in your personal toolbox? I don’t think so, and I would even dare to say that I hope he doesn’t. If you don’t believe me, ask him. Or ask Super Mario.

Well, the same goes for IT services.

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