News on PowerFolder Enterprise Sync and Share

Dal33t / PowerFolder and Dell agree distribution partnership

Dal33t GmbH, developer of the proven file sync and share solution PowerFolder, and Dell EMC to cooperate in the areas of public authorities, healthcare, research and education.

Dusseldorf, March 20, 2018 – Due to increased demand for collaboration tools and proven solutions for the secure exchange of files and documents, dal33t / PowerFolder and Dell EMC have entered into a distribution partnership. The aim is to jointly offer future-proof, automated IT solutions for data storage and data transfer. The partnership will initially be limited to Germany and is aimed primarily at federal and state authorities, local authorities, as well as organisations in the healthcare, research, teaching and education sectors.

With dal33t / PowerFolder, Dell EMC has chosen the leading provider of file sync and share solutions for research and education in the German market. In addition to thousands of private sector companies, PowerFolder users include more than 100 German universities across six federal states, research institutes such as the German Cancer Research Center or the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, as well as various state agencies. One of the key benefits of PowerFolder is that the solution meets the stringent requirements of German and European data protection laws. dal33t / PowerFolder and Dell EMC have long been partners in reference installations where the PowerFolder software successfully runs on Dell EMC’s Isilon storage systems, allowing a large number of users to utilise multiple devices to synchronize and share files and documents with other users.

PowerFolder launches survey

What features do the customers miss? What can be improved? Because even with the best product there is still room for improvement, dal33t GmbH has started a survey on their File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder. Among the participants will be giving away 5x a terabyte of cloud storage for one year.

Düsseldorf, 09.03.2018 ‑ In order to be able to better consider the wishes and suggestions of its users in the further development of the File Sync & Share solution PowerFolder, Düsseldorf-based dal33t GmbH has launched several small surveys on its website. On topics such as “Mobile Apps”, “Collaboration”, “Usability”, “Security” and “Administration”, users can use short multiple-choice questionnaires to choose which new features they would like to see in PowerFolder in the future. The answer takes only a few minutes; a terabyte of cloud storage with a one-year term will be raffled off five times among the participants. Dal33t-CEO Christian Sprajc: „The survey is designed to help us synchronize PowerFolder development priorities with what our users want and to better tailor our product to the multiple practice needs of our customers.“

The survey, which runs until the end of March, can be found at the following link: http://roadmap.powerfolder.com. Participants in the survey wishing to take part in the raffle will then send an e-mail with their contact details to polls@powerfolder.com with the subject “Survey”.

PowerFolder to unpack a surprise at CS3

Dusseldorf-based dal33t GmbH, developer of the file sync&share solution PowerFolder, has announced that it will be uncovering a surprise at the “Workshop on Cloud Services for Synchronisation and Sharing” (CS3), which takes place from 29th to 31st January 2018 in Krakow, Poland.

The “Cloud Services for Synchronisation and Sharing Conference” (CS3) is taking place for the fourth time and this year, after Geneva (2014), Zurich (2016) and Amsterdam (2017), Krakow was chosen as the venue for the neutral platform for the manufacturer-independent exchange of ideas and information. The numerous workshops of the three-day event will include presentations and discussions about file sync&share solutions and concepts, as well as their improvements and users’ practical experiences. There will also be a special focus on scientific and technical applications and environments.

On the second day of the event, dal33t’s CEO, Christian Sprajc, will present his innovative concept of a “Blockchain powered Open-Source Cloud-Space Marketplace”, which is currently being developed under the title “Space.Cloud.Unit”. The 20-minute talk will take place on January 30th at 4.35 pm in the AGH Computer Science Building D-17. Details of this exciting topic will soon be made available via the relevant press and media channels.

Link to CS3: http://cs3.cyfronet.pl

PowerFolder 11.3 now available for download

Upgrade now to the newest PowerFolder Version

Today we made the third Service Pack for PowerFolder Version 11 publicly available. As always the new Service Pack improves security, performance and stability, but does not contain major features. Beyond that this Service Pack also lays the foundation for many great things to come in the next major version, for example extended connectivity to many other services (OpenCloudMesh) and advanced encryption .

To ensure that your PowerFolder installation remains as reliable and secure as you are used to, please make sure that you update your servers and clients as soon as possible.

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Download the new iOS app
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Among the improvements in 11.3 are:

  • Mount external WebDAV shares as server storage path
  • Zero downtime data-migration of servers
  • Mounting folders as drives now works with Shibboleth
  • Introduction of webhooks for file operations and access (beta)
  • Reduced CPU load
  • Improved multi-tenant and reseller support
  • File versioning during document editing
  • Multiple video upload from the mobile app
  • Improved API
  • Improved WebDAV support

Also with this release we have fixed several bugs, among those:

  • Mobile app now correctly supports Android 7
  • Fixed bug on XSS security
  • Fixed folder encryption storage path under windows
  • KERBEROS SSO for clustered scenarios now working again
  • Renaming of folders is working again
Documentation and Guides in our wiki

Scheduled maintenance on our public cloud

In the time between 19.00 CET  and 19.00 CET dureing the night from 20.04.2017 to 21.04.2017. We perform hardware testing and hardware extension on parts of our public cloud. In this time it is possible that some user will be temporarily not able to access their data. We ask for your understanding and patience. Users of Private Cloud installations will be not affected.

Treffen Sie PowerFolder auf der 3. Cloud Dienste Konferenz für Synchronisation und Sharing (CS3) in Amsterdam

Jedes Jahr versammeln sich Vertreter führender europäischer Forschungeinrichtungen zu einer der wichtigsten Konferenzen zum Thema Daten-Synchronisation und Datenaustausch. Diese Woche findet diese Konferenz, unter dem Titel  “3rd Cloud Services for Synchronisation and Sharing (CS3) Conference”, in Amsterdam statt.

Veranstalter der Konferenz ist, neben ETH, AARNet und SURFsara, vor allem eine der größten pan­eu­ro­pä­ischen Forschungsorganisationen – das CERN. Das Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire betreibt nicht nur einen der größten jemals gebauten Teilchen-Beschleuniger, sondern zeichnet, ganz nebenbei, auch mitverantwortlich ist für die Entwicklung des World Wide Webs, wie wir es heute kennen. Für die Forscher haben sich Datenaustausch und Forschung  immer schon gegenseitig bedingt, und so unterstützt das CERN, durch die “CS3”, auch heute wieder Zusammenarbeit und Datenaustausch in der Forschung.

Als Teil des Konferenz wird, wie alle anderen Größen der Branche auch, PowerFolder mit einem Vortrag vertreten sein. Gründer und Geschäftsführer Christian Sprajc wird am Mittwoch um 10.40 die Initiative “deutsche.hochschul.cloud” vorstellen und im Anschluss für Fragen zur Verfügung stehen.

 

Wir freuen uns auf viele interessante Themen und Gespräche rund um das Thema Sync und Share. Gerne vereinbaren wir auch, im Rahmen der Veranstaltung, Einzeltermine mit Ihnen und besprechen Ihr Szenario im Detail.

PowerFolder 11 Service Pack 2 is available now

We hope that 2017 will become a happy and interesting year for you. It will be for sure for us, many new and great PowerFolder features will arrive and improve the way you are working and collaborating on Documents in the next few major versions.

Right now we released our Version 11 Service Pack 2 is, this is a stability and bug fix release as well as a first step towards our next major version. For security reasons It is recommended to keep your PowerFolder Installations always up to date.

You can get the new Version here:

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You will find the release notes for the Server here

And the release notes for the clients can be found here

As always Updates are free for all users and available for paying customers and the free version.

PowerFolder Version 11 Service Pack 1 now available

Version 11 Service Pack 1 is now available for you   

Hello again, we would like to inform you about our newest and first Service Pack release for PowerFolder Version 11. As always our Service Packs are focusing on stability, security and performance improvements. So it is recommended to use them, to make sure that your systems remains up to date.

Download PowerFolder Version 11 Service Pack 1

Improvements

  • (Beta) Embedded encryption of files at rest at backend
  • PowerFolder now also supports Dutch
  • Multiple transfer streams in LAN and for WAN
  • Improved performance and API
  • Improved migrations and updates 
  • Several minor improvements

Bugfixes

  • Fixed Microsoft visual C++ runtime library Runtime Error in clients 
  • Fixed merge accounts by email if having the same prefix
  • Fixed SQL errors when updating from version 10 SP5 to 10 SP6 or 11 Tesla
  • Several minor bugfixes

Birmingham: The English university that also places its trust in PowerFolder

Following the example of more than 100 universities from five different states in Germany, the University of Birmingham, in the UK, is now placing its trust in the Sync & Share solution PowerFolder that originates from Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf, Germany. After a nine-month evaluation and a lengthy test phase, the file Sync & Share service “BEAR DataShare”, which is based on PowerFolder, has gone online.

Meerbusch, Germany/ Birmingham, UK. Based in England’s second city, the University of Birmingham has just launched its new “BEAR DataShare” service, which is based on the file Sync & Share system from the worldwide-proven PowerFolder solution from dal33t/PowerFolder GmbH in Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf, Germany. After a lengthy and thorough evaluation phase, followed by extensive tests, the university’s own on-site offering, that uses PowerFolder, is now fully operational. BEAR DataShare is hosted on servers located on the University campus. Students and researchers, as well as external partners can access it via a web browser and mobile devices. Each will receive 25 GB of storage and there are no data volume limits on files being shared.

Tailor-made and competitive

From the beginning Aslam Ghumra – Research Data Manager at the University of Birmingham- implemented the solution.  He also took care that the requirements of the university were met and even influenced with his feedback the future development of PowerFolder:

“The University of Birmingham is a large, research-intensive institution. Secure, easy to use and flexible collaboration between not only researchers from the University, but also their national and international counterparts, and the exchange of related highly sensitive data is therefore of immense importance. We have opted for PowerFolder because it guarantees us a tailor-made, competitive solution that can be easily integrated with our own system.”

Dr John Owen -Head of IT Research Support at the University- then took it into his hands to make the new solution available to selected researchers within the UOB:

“Collaboration is at the heart of many of our research projects and fundamental to their success. BEAR DataShare has been enthusiastically adopted by our research community across all disciplines and is already making a real difference.”

But the new service has also found application possibilities beyond the borders of the UOB. David Deighton – Head of Architecture, Security and Innovation, IT Services – successfully introduced the solution to research partners and auditors:

“BEAR DataShare provides a unique service: a secure file sharing platform that is under our control and hosted in the University’s data centres. We have successfully used it to securely share confidential files with auditors from PWC and HSCIC, industrial partners and colleagues at other institutions including Nottingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Berkeley.”

Such high praise always goes down well in Meerbusch. dal33t/PowerFolder GmbH CEO Christian Sprajc said, “We are obviously delighted that, just as most German universities already have done, one of the major universities in England has now opted for PowerFolder. We are confident that we will continue to win even more international partners in the education field in the future.”

About the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 by Queen Victoria and, with a total of 27,000 students, is now one of the largest universities in England. It is a member of the Russell Group, which represents the interests of the UK’s top universities and is a founding member of the global university network Universitas 21. In addition, it is a partner of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Its best-known alumni include actor Tim Curry, the musicians Spencer Davis and Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran), the zoologist and behavioural scientist Desmond Morris and several Nobel laureates (Francis William Ashton – Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1922, John Vane – Nobel Prize for Medicine 1982, Paul Nurse – Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001).

About PowerFolder

The German company dal33t GmbH, based in Meerbusch, near Dusseldorf, has been successfully developing and offering file Sync & Share solutions under the brand name PowerFolder since 2007. Its range of products includes both public, as well as integrated private cloud solutions (EFSS) as individualised on-site services. Over two million users worldwide, most of Germany’s universities and thousands of companies use PowerFolder. PowerFolder users can access their files from anywhere and edit and share them together – also on mobile devices, via the PowerFolder app. Security is the absolute top priority: data is always encrypted and stored according to German data protection regulations on servers located in Germany. PowerFolder is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and has gained the official “IT Security Made in Germany” seal of approval.

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