FileShadow recently announced the FileShadow Desktop app, which will become available from November 15, 2018. The application combines files stored in Apple iCloud Files as well as local and direct attached storage (DAS), such as Drobo direct attached appliances. The addition of this app will facilitate the availability of most cloud and Mac OS storage options in a unified, secure cloud vault for an integrated catalog of files. The FileShadow’ Desktop app offers a complementary benefit: any files along with photos stored in iCloud from a browser, a Mac, an iPhone, or any other Apple device can become part of the FileShadow archive.
The company’s offering not only archives but also automatically catalogs photos and files across various cloud storage, desktop, and NAS/DAS platforms, such as Drobo network and direct attached storage (NAS/DAS) devices, Adobe’s Lightroom solutions, Adobe Creative Cloud, Box, Mac OS desktop (including iCloud Drive files and iCloud Photos), Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive for Business, and OneDrive.
FileShadow noted that it does not act as stand-in for cloud storage vendors. Instead, it consolidates the files from these sources and safeguards them in a single cloud vault. As more files are added to the company’s service, exhaustive, searchable metadata is created for every file. The service finds a file’s content and location executes optical character recognition on PDFs, and makes machine learning (ML)-generated vision tags for photographic images and graphics. Such analysis enables users to more efficaciously discover files stored in their multiple devices and accounts.
Jeff Looman, VP of Engineering, FileShadow, said, “Because of FileShadow’s extensive machine learning process, you don’t have to remember where files are stored anymore. You can search for a specific word found in a document, including a scanned PDF. Or, you can search for attributes of a file, such as ‘sailing’ or ‘skiing,’ along with the geolocation, and the service will find files or photos that relate to those topics, even though there was no entered metadata or file name in those files.”
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