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SkySync Is File Management for the Cloud

It syncs; it searches; it integrates with a multitude of storage systems – could this be the Swiss Army knife of file management tools for the cloud?

Portal Architects released SkySync, a Windows app that lets you synchronize and search files across most storage systems including cloud platforms, Microsoft SharePoint, and network file-shares. Designed to handle 100+ million file-transfers per instance across any number of connected systems, SkySync promises to meet the demands of businesses of any size, from a single workstation to multiple servers transferring terabytes of files.

SkySync offers a range of configurable features, including job control functionality that provides real-time views of file transfer information such as last run date, operation run time, and any errors. Organizations also get a complete audit trail of all file filter and transfer actions. Admins can set file transfers to run on a schedule, or they can manually start/stop any file Sync, Copy, Migrate, or Archive operation. For network file systems, SkySync lets admins automatically link and maintain entire groups of user home drives to their cloud storage accounts.

The app resolves file conflicts and system caveats, and automatically excludes file types such as shortcuts, .lnk, .db, and other types that aren't useful or desired in other platforms. Users can also include/exclude files by creation date, last modified date, last accessed, date range, user, and/or file-name including wild cards. To minimize network traffic, SkySync also leverages storage platform "changes-only" APIs.

In a single search operation, SkySync can scan all connected clouds, networks, and other storage platforms including multiple SharePoint sites (collections or farms). It then presents search results in a single view for all files, regardless of the source. Results can either be consolidated or itemized by storage system.

SkySync integrates with existing storage platforms via system-specific APIs. The tool offers connectors for Microsoft SharePoint 2013/2010/2007, Microsoft Office 365, Box, Huddle, DropBox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Citrix ShareFile, SugarSync, Documentum, Egnyte, Barracuda Copy Barracuda, and SalesForce,as well as network file systems.

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Christa Ayer is a freelance technology writer based in Seattle, Wash.

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