Cloud Storage Provider Adds FTP Features

By Stuart Johnston

SMEStorage, which provides cloud storage gateways of the same name that let users access storage in multiple clouds at once, is shipping an add-on that lets users manage files in those clouds using file transfer protocol (FTP).

Called CloudFTP, the add-on supports most popular FTP clients with the company's open cloud platform or with many other vendors' cloud platforms.

Additionally, It allows users to perform FTP transfers even when a cloud's underlying operating system does not directly support FTP.

"You can think of our solution as a 'cloud of clouds' or as a cloud data broker in which we provide sophisticated access and additional services to the underlying data silos," Ian Osborne, SMEStorage CEO, said in a statement.

The company provides a cloud storage gateway in which file meta-data is synchronized, but all files continue to reside on the original storage platform.

"In this way SMEStorage can offer value added services and clients to existing cloud storage providers, while providing a single cloud file system which enables files from many different cloud storage providers to be managed in one cloud file tree," the statement said.

SMEStorage's cloud service is available in either free or paid versions, but users of both versions will need to pony up in order to get the add-on. However, it's a one-time fee of $19.99, according to the company.

Among the FTP clients that SMEStorage says it has tested with CloudFTP are Cyberduck, Transmit, CODA, Krusader, Filezylla, Default ubuntu ftp client, Total Commander, Windows default FTP client, and Captain FTP.

The company's services support cloud offerings such as Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3), Windows Azure, SharePoint and SkyDrive, Google Docs, Gmail and Google Storage, Rackspace, Apple MobileMe, and FilesAnywhere.

Other supported cloud storage services also include Box.net, Mezeo, Dropbox, icloud, and Zimbra.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on March 31, 2011