SkySync Integrates Disparate File Systems via Microsoft Azure

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Moving to make it simpler to create a hub for integrating disparate file systems via the cloud, SkySync today announced that its software pre-configured on a virtual machine is now available on the Microsoft Azure cloud service.

SkySync CEO Mark Brazeau says that while the company’s namesake middleware software could be deployed on any cloud using the expertise of a professional service team, the partnership with Microsoft now makes SkySync available via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Now all IT organizations have to do is configure a virtual private network (VPN) to start making use of Azure as a service for integrating different types of file systems inside and out of the cloud, says Brazeau.

File systems are one of those things that make hybrid cloud computing complex for most IT organizations. Over the years most of them have adopted multiple file systems that are difficult to integrate. There are also times when IT organizations need to integrate their file systems with external file systems such as those exposed by a service such as Dropbox or deployed by another internal IT organization they need to collaborate with as part of a larger IT integration project.


Brazeau notes that each file system contains a broad range of attributes surrounding each file type, such as folder structures, metadata, permissions, document versions and other file-related artifacts. SkySync enables IT organizations to fully synchronize, migrate or back up files without writing code in a way that preserves file naming requirements, security and permission models.

For many IT organizations, that capability should make it possible to undertake a variety of IT integration projects that previously would have been too complex and expensive to otherwise consider.

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