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New FileCloud Service Provider Edition Enables MSPs to Launch Own Branded Enterprise File Sync and Share Offerings

White Label, Enterprise File Sharing and Sync Platform Adds Service Provider Partners in UK, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, and Belgium

AUSTIN, TEXAS (11/19/2014) — CodeLathe, the leader in enterprise private cloud, today announced the immediate availability of FileCloud Service Provider Edition, a white label file sharing, and sync solution for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). FileCloud Service Provider Edition enables MSPs to provide end-to-end file sync, file share, and mobile access solution to their small business and enterprise customers. FileCloud is self-hosted by service providers using their own data center infrastructure.

“Few public cloud companies have tried to monopolize world’s information under their cloud storage services,” said Madhan Kanagavel, chief executive, CodeLathe’s. “Doing so brings unprecedented security, privacy risks, and a total lack of control for businesses. But with the introduction of FileCloud Service Provider Edition, MSPs can now offer an enterprise-level cloud solution to manage file sharing and sync solution for businesses in their region, which, often times, offers better security and trusted service than non-local providers.”

Businesses now can get FileCloud from the one of the following Service Providers: Mitol.co (United Kingdom), Moresi.com (Switzerland), MTF Cloud (Switzerland), Braathe Gruppen (Norway), Computerland (Belgium), 010 Cloud Computing (Israel) and Websdepot (Canada).

FileCloud Service Provider Edition comes in three flavors: Premium, Advanced and Basic. The Premium Edition gives web, desktop and mobile branding while the Advanced and Basic Edition gives desktop, and web branding respectively. FileCloud Service Provider Edition is also offered under Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) that provides a simple, pay-as-you-go, pricing.

Key features of FileCloud SP Edition are:

  • Multi-Tenancy – Multiple FileCloud sites can be housed in single install of FileCloud;
  • Custom Branding – Web, Desktop and Mobile app Branding;
  • Multi-Administrator – Role based access control and ability to add multiple administrators for each site;
  • FileCloud API’s – API’s to manage tenants and users enabling 3rd party integration.

“We investigated many cloud solutions, but from the word go we were very impressed with the professionalism of Codelathe,” said Lee Morrell, chief executive, Mitol Backup. “Throughout the product development process, they have been proactive and supportive in how they have tailored their FileCloud solution to meet our business model requirements. We have already recruited over 100 resellers to our FileCloud channel, and with the launch of the FileCloud Service Provider Edition, Mitol looks forward to strengthening an already close relationship with Codelathe.”

“We have many requests from partners, and customers for securing their digital life in a secure place in Switzerland,” said Nicola Mores, chief executive, Moresi.Com SA. “FileCloud is the best choice for empowering our customers with an enterprise cloud solution that is offered by a Swiss-based service provider. Their business model and professional support were the key reasons for our decision to move forward with Codelathe in this emerging market.”

FileCloud is available through 37 partners in 17 countries around the globe. For more information or to try FileCloud Service Provider Edition, please visit www.getfilecloud.com/spla.

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Personal Cloud Tonido Launches App for Raspberry Pi – Instantly Access, Share and Sync Personal Files

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New App for Raspberry Pi makes Private File Sharing and Data Privacy attainable by Everyone

AUSTIN, Texas, July 22, 2014 — CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud, today launched Tonido App for Raspberry Pi that provides anywhere access to personal files stored in the Pi while enjoying the security, privacy and unlimited access. Tonido lets individuals’ access documents, see photos, listen to music and watch videos stored on storage devices (USB Drives, SD card) connected to Raspberry Pi. Users can now share their personal files and media without worrying about the privacy and security of their data.

“Tonido allows anybody to instantly create their own Personal Cloud while Raspberry PI is an embodiment of DIY movement. By combining both we have made data privacy and private sharing viable to everyone. We are delighted to bring Tonido to Raspberry Pi.” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe.

Tonido offers users secure access to their entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos stored in Pi from anywhere without having to upload it to a public cloud service. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their Raspberry Pi and get the Tonido mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. Employing smart LAN switching technology to use gigabit access speed within home LAN networks, the app safely connects users to the files stored on their Pi in seconds. Users can also access their files via Wi-Fi or mobile networks, backup their photos and videos from their mobile phones to their Tonido personal cloud, and download files for offline viewing.

“More than ever, internet users are realizing data ownership and privacy is no longer safe and secure in popular online services and they’re turning towards personal cloud services like Tonido for their remote access and sharing needs. Raspberry Pi’s low power footprint and affordability makes it an ideal platform for Tonido and now everyone can run their own Personal Cloud with ease,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe.

Tonido for Raspberry Pi Features

  • Access, Share, Sync files and media from anywhere
  • Automatic media indexing and organization of photos, music and videos
  • Automatic Smartphone photos and videos backup
  • Automatic multi-format music streaming and playlist support (including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, and more)
  • Native Mobile apps for all the popular mobile OS’s (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry)
  • Plug- and-Play remote access. No fiddling with router settings
  • Easy to remember web URL access to your Raspberry PI
  • Available for both Raspbian and Raspbmc

For more information on the Tonido for Raspberry Pi app, visit: http://www.tonido.com/tonido-for-raspberry-pi-2/

How Tonido Personal Cloud brings Data Ownership, Privacy and Anonymity to your Digital Life?

When we started up Tonido, our goal was to provide a compelling alternative to public online services. We figured that a few companies controlling everyone’s information is not good for a equitable society. After 4 years, if we look at the current status of the Internet, all of our worst fears have come true. There is zero privacy and zero anonymity. The web is not open and the ecosystem is controlled by a few companies. One needs to set the expectation that everything that happens on the public internet gets tracked, aggregated, diced, profiled and sold to the highest bidder. Don’t do anything on the internet that you will not do in a public place. People’s memories fade, but the Internet never forgets.

The music you access, the emails you send, the photos you share, the comments you post and pretty much anything you put on public online services serve as one more data point to create your online persona . With a few clicks anybody can buy that data for a cost.

 

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As always, the individual liberty and protection of privacy is the responsibility of users. Nobody is going to do that for you. If you have young kids or newborns many of them will outlive the current set of hot internet companies. But, by the time your kids become adults, the data that you entrust with these companies can change many hands and come back to haunt them in many ways. Even if the current management is benevolent (‘do no evil’) there is no guarantee that the future management will be benevolent.  Hard times and bad economies can change the way companies will treat your personal data.

With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about  Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

This quote pretty much summarizes the power that we voluntarily give out to internet companies. The new internet monopolies are not much different from the 19th century robber barons. The railroad magnates used their control over rail road distribution to create monopolies. In similar ways, the large internet firms use network effects, control over personal data and monopolies over desktop and mobile Operating Systems to serve their profit goals. It is not illegal. It is business as usual. But as users we need to think twice about the information we freely offer. What kind of control are we forsaking?

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Many of the popular internet companies (Google, Facebook and others) enforce real name policy, thereby ensuring they are able to identify track and aggregate you and your data anytime you use their services. We are not advocating that you should not use their services. But do expect that anything you do and share on these services is up for sale. The “I have nothing to hide” argument is not really valid  here. The data you put or share in these services can have profound practical implications in your job search, getting insurance or getting a financial loan. It is not really about hiding stuff any more. The basics of life are at stake here.

Smart people now understand this predicament and indiscriminate sharing on social networks is changing slowly. If you want to have real control over your personal data then you need to have complete control over the system.

Tonido provides such a system. If you want to share your kids photos or share your thoughts with family and friends without any fear, Tonido can do that for you. Using Tonido, you can create this private, safe space  that runs on your device behind your home router. You will have 100% control over this private little space.

Here are the 10 things that Tonido can do  to safeguard ownership,  privacy and anonymity

  1. No Real Name Policy – Unlike Facebook or Google, we don’t require a real name to create Tonido account. You can choose any name.
  2. Completely Independent –  To facilitate ease of use, we provide dynamic dns and relay server capabilities to access your Tonido device from anywhere. You are free to use our dynamic DNS and relay servers or your own. Here are the instructions.
  3. Complete Control – Turn it On or Turn it Off any time.
  4. Private and anonymous shares- Tonido allows you to create private and anonymous file shares
  5. Ephemeral Shares – Tonido allows you to create time limited, ephemeral file shares that you can use to share content with friends and family
  6. Guest user support – Create user accounts for your  family members and friends in your own Personal Cloud
  7. Works without internet – The application and data is always local. You can access your Tonido device from your home network even if there is no internet
  8. Password Security – We store only your user name. We don’t store your passwords in our system. It will give you completely secure access to your data. Any centralized hack will not compromise your data.
  9. Cross Platform and works on any device – Tonido is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You don’t need  expensive hardware to run Tonido – Any old computer will do.
  10. Powerful Alternative to Online Services –Out of the Box, Tonido can replace Google Drive, Dropbox, Picassa, Flickr, Facebook and Spotify (If you own your music). It is extremely simple to use and comes with native mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

In a nutshell, Tonido allows one to  access, share, sync and organize personal data from anywhere without losing control over the personal data.

We are committed in our vision to make Tonido  the #1 Personal Cloud that safeguards  privacy and online freedom.  We are happy that our years of effort  creating Tonido is making the world a better place. We don’t have billions of Tonido users. But we make a positive difference in the lives of the million or so users that currently take advantage of our systems. An active Tonido user puts order of magnitude less data in the popular online services than an average internet user. Every user that Tonido attracts is one less user for a Public cloud service. That is good enough for us. 

Tonido’s 10 Rules of Personal Cloud

Personal Cloud is probably the most misused term in the internet now. Every sundry public cloud storage offerings like Dropbox, Google Drive and others are masquerading themselves as Personal Clouds. Remember. It is their Personal Cloud. Not Yours. They can kick out, block or shutdown anybody at anytime. They determine how much storage you can use and have complete right to track and catalog your data.

We are one of the earliest companies who have used the term -“Personal Cloud” back in 2009 to put forth our vision. We cannot sit idle and watch the misappropriation of term and vision that we have fought for over many years.

In real sense, the word personal means “of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else”. So Personal Cloud means a cloud that is owned by you. not by others.

Like Codd’s 12 rules of database, which he put together  to prevent his vision of the relational database being diluted by vendors, We are putting together our 10 rules of Personal Cloud.

Rule 1: The Personal Cloud system should run on the device owned or fully controlled by the end user.

Rule 2: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete ownership, rights of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 3: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete independence of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 4: The Personal Cloud System (the app and the data) should be completely Local. The system should be accessible even if there is no internet.

Rule 5: The Personal Cloud System should not snoop or alter the end user content either manually or in an automated fashion

Rule 6: The Personal Cloud System should not pose any storage limits and should be accessible from anywhere.

Rule 7: The owner should be able to stop or shutdown the Personal Cloud system anytime.

Rule 8: The Personal Cloud System should be cross platform and run on all the popular desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) OSes.

Rule 9:  The Personal Cloud System  should have clients or be accessible from all the popular mobile OSes (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and others).

Rule 10: The Personal Cloud System  should run on from low to high end computing devices (Routers, NAS to PCs and Servers) and varied chipset platforms (ARM, MIPS, X86 and others).

 

If you are a user check whether your beloved service checks all of the rules here and if you are a vendor make sure you comply to all of the rules here before calling yourself as Personal Cloud.

Automatic Photo and Video Backup using Tonido iOS app!

One of the most important features of public cloud services like Dropbox,  iCloud etc is the ability to automatically upload photos and videos of the mobile devices without user intervention. This is a very convenient feature and knowing that your photos and videos are always  tucked away in a safe  location is a great feeling. Unfortunately, with the amount of photos and videos generated by the mobile devices, the storage size can balloon resulting in a) costly storage fee b) requiring constant management of images/videos to free up more space. Further, your personal photos are stored in a 3rd party server where your data privacy, security and ownership is a big question mark.

ALL that changes with Tonido, where you own your storage and is completely run and managed by you!

With the latest Tonido iOS App and Tonido server (Both free upgrades of course!) you can now get this feature in your very own private cloud. No more storage fee, No more subscriptions, privacy concerns! you simply slap in a cheap hard disk and point it to Tonido to use it for backing up your photos and videos.

This functionality is currently available only in the Tonido iOS app and will soon be coming to the Android version as well.

So, What is needed?

1. The latest Tonido iOS app from Apple appstore (v7.0).

2. Latest Tonido server (As of Feb 10, it is v4.77.0.25919) . To update, simply go to Settings->General -> “Check for Updates” and follow prompts.

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Top 5 Music Streaming Services for iOS

In today’s day and age, everything is moving over the air to the cloud. With this, everyone is able to access their data wirelessly through the cloud. Streaming music is one of the most popular uses of cloud data storage and with the power of smartphones in almost everybody’s pockets these days, it’s now easier than ever. This article will give you the low-down of which applications on iOS devices are the cream of the crop as far as music streaming goes, in no particular order.

  1. Tonido (free) 

Tonido is a fantastic application available for both the iPhone and iPad. What’s especially attractive about this application is the ability to run your own personal cloud server from which you can stream your music from. This allows you to stream exactly the songs you know and love directly from your own personal cloud. Simply install the companion server application on your computer and your iOS device will immediately load all of your data, whether it’s documents, images, or music. Another great feature of this application is the ability to select the bitrate of the music you’re streaming. If you’re low on data, you can choose to stream a lower bitrate. On the other hand, if you have unlimited data, you can freely stream at 320 kbps without a hassle. Most other music streaming applications generally are restricted to 128 or 256kbps, so this feature is a welcome addition to Tonido. The application is currently free in the iOS App Store.

2. iTunes Radio (free)

iTunes Radio is Apple’s own brainchild. It’s baked directly into the music application on both the iPhone and iPad. Users simply enter a song that they enjoy which will basically create an internet radio station with music similar to the song you chose. It also streams music at the higher quality bitrate of 256 kbps which is great. However, it doesn’t allow users to listen to specifically their song of choice. To do that, they require you to purchase the full song and then download it via the store.

 3. Pandora (free)

What’s a top music streaming application list without Pandora, right? This is basically the app that started it all. Apple created their iTunes Radio to combat Pandora’s music streaming service. Like iTunes Radio, users simply create a station with a song they enjoy and the application will play music similar to the one they entered. However, there are two minor downsides to the application. The first is the pesky ads that display every few songs. Another downside is the limited amount of skips per radio station. Nonetheless, Pandora remains an excellent application to stream music through.

4. Spotify (free)

Spotify is a music streaming application that combines the highlights of Tonido and Pandora. While you can select which songs you want to listen to, it’s ad-supported. Of course, you can get rid of the ads by opting to pay a small monthly fee. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a power user, as the application allows you to also download the songs for offline use. You can also use the application on your computer to create playlists which you can listen to on your iOS device, which is quite handy.

5. Rdio (paid subscription)

 Lastly, Rdio is an excellent streaming service for iOS with one major caveat, its monthly subscription fee of $10. However, it features a gorgeous user interface and a vast music library from which to select from, with no ads whatsoever. Also, you can access this service from your computer with these premium features available on that platform as well. Also, you can select the bitrate to stream the music in, which is useful for those with limited data plans. Therefore, this application is great for power users who stream their music from multiple devices rather than just their smartphone.

Overall, these are the best five music-streaming applications for the iOS mobile platform, not in any specific order. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below.

File Synchronization Performance Benchmarks – Tonido vs. Dropbox

Users’ desire to access their content from anywhere  and the Proliferation of smart phones, tablets and game boxes like Xbox, PS3 in modern homes  and has created a  new market category of Personal Cloud solutions. Various research reports from leading research firms predict that the next decade will be an era of Personal Clouds and forecast the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013.

When it comes to Personal Clouds, There are mainly 2 schools of thought

  1. Personal Cloud based on Public Cloud (Yeah  It is kind of Oxymoron).  Ex: Dropbox and Google Drive are major offerings in this category
  2. Self hosted Personal cloud solutions like Tonido, arkOS, OwnCloud and others

We (Tonido, FileCloud) are one of the early proponent of Personal Cloud and self hosted cloud concept. Now we can confidently say our Personal Cloud server,  mobile apps, sync and drive clients can give serious competition to popular public cloud compatriots in terms of functionality, UX, Performance and value. You don’t have to take our word for it.  Do your own research.  Check our mobile apps rating in the respective app stores, Read independent media reviews or check out user reviews of Tonido in popular news forums or just try the Tonido software by downloading from here.

But when you compete with multi-billion dollar behemoths like Google or Dropbox for a market share , it is imperative to change the narrative to objectivity and bring quantitative numbers to the table.If we are going to compete in terms of perception, it is a lost case and we don’t have the resources to pull it off.

So we did a comparison study between Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox’ s  two way file synchronization performance within LAN.  When the Tonido server and sync client is on the same LAN network,  our Smart LAN switch technology enables direct file, media sync  instead of going through our relay servers. In similar fashion, Dropbox’s LAN Sync  enables faster sync if two clients are on the same LAN. The benchmark results based on our tests will prove the merits of  Tonido Personal Cloud in an objective fashion. Based on our user metrics over the years, we estimate 70-80% of access happens within home LAN and the remaining 30% of access happens over WAN.  So it is very important to provide a superior experience when the access or sync happens within the home LAN and Tonido provides that superior experience.

Test Setup:  Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox Clients

Both computers under test are situated in the same LAN, connected to the same router and ran the latest versions of Dropbox and Tonido software.

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Test Results: Two way File Synchronization Performance in LAN (Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox)

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Based on our findings, In Average, Tonido Sync is 3 to 5 times faster than Dropbox in the same LAN. Let us know your experience in the comments.


If you are looking a secure file sync software that is trusted by 1000s of enterprise users for file synchronization, then try FileCloud. FileCloud offers the best in class file and folder sync for small and large enterprises. Learn more!

Load balancing and Failover systems

In the previous posts on high availability architecture, we have already talked about scaling databases and Content Delivery Networks. Many a times, we have talked about evenly distributing the requests to the different nodes, and also about how to avoid downtime when some node or component fails. In this post, the prime objective is to talk about these processes of load balancing and failover systems in details.

Load balancing is a technique of distributing your requests over a network when your server is maxing out the CPU or disk or database IO rate. The objective of load balancing is optimizing resource use and minimizing response time, thereby avoiding overburden of any one of the resources.

The goal of failover is the ability to continue the work of a particular network component or the whole server, by another, should the first one fail. Failover allows you to perform maintenance of individual servers or nodes, without any interruption of your services. (more…)

Improving performance with CDNs

A content delivery network or a content distribution network (CDN) is a system of servers that are deployed over the whole world wide web, which duplicates content on multiple servers and serving them to the users based on proximity. CDNs help in delivering content (images, documents, JavaScript and CSS files) to the end users at very high speeds. In CDNs, multiple copies of the content is present on strategically dispersed servers. The geographically closer a server is to the user, the faster the content is delivered. (more…)

Scaling your Databases

We have already discussed on the general ideas behind High Availability architecture. The scaling of databases is a very crucial component of the implementation of high availability architecture. In this post, we would explore the various techniques of scaling up databases. The distribution models discussed here apply to both relational and non-relational (NoSQL) databases.

As is the case with other components of high availability architecture that I would discuss in subsequent posts, it is imperative that the database solution that you plan to implement should be optimal to the needs of your product or application. Let us first see the need of scaling databases. (more…)