Syncplify.me MFT! Beta-2 is available

We have just released Syncplify.me MFT! “beta.2”, and we’re heading full speed towards the final release (general availability) of our newest software.

This new beta version:

  • improves the web UI
  • fixes bugs we found
  • fixes bugs you guys found and reported to us (thank you!!)

To download this beta version you can go here: https://www.syncplify.me/mft.html

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Syncplify.me MFT! Beta-1 is available

Syncplify.me MFT! has just reached “beta.1” stage. This is a major milestone for us, because all alpha versions only supported the SFTP protocol (useful to crystallize the functionalities) but this is the first version that also adds support for AWS S3, Azure Blob Storage, and Google Cloud Storage.

The “beauty” of MFT! stems from the fact that you can basically utilize the exact same script logic independently of the storage platform. Literally the only difference is the connection properties to the back-end platform, because that’s – obviously – dependent on which storage you use.

But since an example is worth more than a thousand words… here’s a simple script that lists a directory and uploads some files to S3:

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Syncplify.me MFT! Alpha-2 is here

We just reached a new milestone in the development of Syncplify.me MFT!, so we decided to release an updated installer for everyone to try and provide feedback (and, why not, bug reports).

If you haven’t read the introductory article, please do so now.

What’s new in Alpha-2 that wasn’t there in Alpha-1?

  • OTFE (On-The-Fly-Encryption): allows you to transparently and automatically encrypt all of your files as they are uploaded to a remote server, and decrypt them as they are downloaded back to your local storage.
  • Automatic Versioning: automatically keep your desired number of older versions of each file, every time you upload or download a file to/from a file server. Each versioned older copy of each file is automatically archived and timestamped for you.

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OTFE (on-the-fly-encryption) with Syncplify.me MFT!

We’ve just added a MAJOR feature to Syncplify.me MFT! (not abailable in the Alpha-1 download yet, it’ll be in Alpha-2): OTFE, which is short for on-the-fly-encryption.

Basically, when OTFE is enabled, Syncplify.me MFT! encrypts files as they are uploaded to a remote file server (SFTP, FTP, S3, whatever, …) and decrypts them as they are downloaded back to the local machine.

This encryption/decryption happens on-the-fly, directly on the uploaded/downloaded data stream, so it doesn’t need to use temporary files on your disk; the entire process is very memory-friendly, because it encrypts/decrypts small buffers as they are transferred. Continue reading

Download and try: Syncplify.me MFT! Alpha-1

We decided to release a public “alpha” version of Syncplify.me MFT!, even though it’s still under heavy development, because we trust our users’ feedback more than anything. So, please, download this alpha version, install it, play with it, ask questions, find bugs, provide feedback… 

Things to know before you download and install Syncplify.me MFT! alpha-1: Continue reading

Cyber Monday: 50% OFF!

Syncplify is very grateful for the traction that its valued customers have brought to our small company over the years.

As a sign of that gratitude, we are pleased to honor the Cyber Monday holiday by offering a 50% discount coupon to anyone willing to buy a new (or additional) license of any of our products.

When you buy online, on Monday December 2nd 2019, simply use this coupon and a 50% discount will be automatically applied: CMSDC19.

How to: monitor local folders in mftJS and upload files as they appear in it

This article refers to the mftJS language, which is the special “flavor” of JavaScript designed by Syncplify for the upcoming Syncplify.me MFT! software product.

Let’s see the code first, then we’ll explain the details.

 

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The mftJS language (sneak-a-peek)

The mftJS language is like JavaScript, actually it is JavaScript, nearly 100% compatible with the ECMA5 specification, but it has several additional functions and methods specifically designed to develop Managed File Transfer scripts.

The following are some limitations with mftJS:

  • “use strict” will parse, but won’t have any effect
  • The regular expression engine (re2/regexp) is not fully compatible with the ECMA5 specification
  • mftJS targets ES5. ES6 features (eg: Typed Arrays) are not supported

In addition to the above, some specific limitations apply to the way regular expressions are handled. Therefore, the following syntax is incompatible:

  • (?=)  // Lookahead (positive), currently raises a parsing error
  • (?!)  // Lookahead (backhead), currently raises a parsing error
  • \1   // Backreference (\1, \2, \3, …), currently raises a parsing error

Aside from that, JavaScript programmers will feel extremely familiar with mftJS, and the added power of high-level MFT-specific functions, will make developing MFT tasks with this language a real breeze.

Let’s look at a short code sample:

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Two typical high-availability (HA) deployments

The most important improvement brought about by Syncplify.me Server! version 5.x is the simplicity with which you can create a true active-active high-availability (HA) set with it.

In fact, as of version 5.x, you don’t have to deploy a database replica-set anymore, which is hard to do and requires at least 5 virtual machines (2 for the SFTP nodes, and 3 for the database); Syncplify.me Server! version 5.x can achieve a totally fault-tolerant, active-active, highly-available deployment with just 2 virtual machines!

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How to override permissions on subfolders inside the user’s Home VFS

Syncplify.me Server! version: 5.0.0+

As of version 5.0, Syncplify.me Server! allows to override permissions on sub-folders that are physically contained inside a user’s Home VFS.

Let’s say, for example, that the actual directory structure on disk is the one you see in the picture here below:

Clearly you will want to apply different permissions to the various sub-directories under that root, right? Continue reading