Syncplify.me Server! v4.2.0 released

We have just released version 4.1.9 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Added: support for AWS Load Balancer’s “proxy protocol” (HAProxy protocol v1) to correctly identify the remote client IP address from multi-node load-balanced EC2 instances inside the AWS cloud
  • Added: AutoOptimizeSocket registry setting to automatically optimize the socket’s inbound/outbound buffer sizes and ultimately improve upload/download speed
  • Improved: performance and reliability of the [%USER_HOME%] finder function inside the VFS subsystem
  • Fixed: directory list timer and counter in the FTP protocol handler
  • Fixed: few other minor and rarely occurring issues

Warning: upgrading to this version from any version prior to 4.0.34 will invalidate your license, so please if you are a customer – before you upgrade – contact us to request a license reset.

Note: if after the update you notice any unexpected behavior in the web interface, just hit Ctrl-F5 in your browser; that will force the browser to reload the page as well as all back-end scripts and update the ones that may have been cached from previous versions of the software.

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

Syncplify.me Server! now available on AWS Marketplace

Syncplify.me Server! version 4.0 is now available on AWS Marketplace offering top security with hassle-free deployment, a 15-day free trial, and no up-front license fees.

WILMINGTON, DE – Syncplify, Inc., a young and dynamic US-based software development company, has released Syncplify.me Server!, a highly secure SFTP server available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace). The new service is marketed under the name SFTP.cloud.

Syncplify.me Server! on AWS delivers the same level of security as its on-premises brother product, but without the need to go through a complex, lengthy installation procedure, and with no up-front traditional licensing fees. In fact, after the 15-day trial period, Syncplify.me Server! on AWS is charged on an hourly basis only for the actual usage.

“From a technical standpoint, making our software available on AWS Marketplace was a great choice to deploy a very secure file transfer server onto a highly reliable, globally available infrastructure,” said Fjodr Soyevskji, Chief Technology Officer at Syncplify, Inc.

“We believe that this relationship with AWS will greatly benefit our customers, especially those who need to deploy highly dynamic, secure, file transfer infrastructures that change frequently over time,” said Helga Kessler, Chief Operation Officer.

Customers can deploy the Syncplify.me Server! edition they need (Basic, Professional or Ultimate) on AWS, and they can choose between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 EC2 instances.

 

Syncplify.me Server! v4.0.18 released

We have just released version 4.0.18 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Added: scripting functions FileMove, StrSHA256, StrSHA512
  • Fixed: quota enforcement is now triggered correctly
  • Fixed: deployment of High-Availability (HA) virtual servers in Microsoft Azure now works as expected

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

Syncplify.me Server! v4.0.10 released

We have just released version 4.0.10 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Improved download speed by adding automatic self-adjustment of TCP window size
  • Improved analytics support
  • Improved support for AWS cloud platform

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

How to protect your backups from ransomware (Cryptolocker, WannaCry, and the like…)

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Probably the most famous ransomware is Cryptolocker, and it’s definitely something you don’t want to deal with.

Regardless of the strenuous efforts put in place by Antivirus developers, the rate of infection is appalling. And what is worse is that such ransomware can also access all the shared folders on your NAS/SAN, so if you backup to a network drive your backups will be compromised too. The ransomware objectives include, in fact, preventing you from being able to restore your old (healthy) data from a backup.

Managing such situation with permissions and ACL (access-control lists) is a nightmare, and it’s hard to reach a true WORM (write once read many) situation which is the only truly secure way to prevent the ransomware from modifying the backups you’ve already stored. And if you have healthy backups the ransomware is “de facto” already defeated.

So what can you do to store your backups somewhere else in a truly WORM way? Continue reading

Syncplify.me Server! v4: the Virtual File System (VFS)

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the biggest additions to the upcoming version 4.0 of Syncplify.me Server! is the VFS (Virtual File System) support. But what is it exactly? And what advantages does it bring to our users?

Let’s start by setting the bar with v3. Our version 3.x, in fact – as nearly every competitor – allows you to place users’ “homes” (root directories) on a disk. It can be a local or a network disk, but it’s basically disk-based. The following picture explains the concept in a visual way: Continue reading

Syncplify.me Server! v4: Encrypted File System

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the most anticipated features that Syncplify.me Server! v4 will deliver is the ability to mount virtual directories – even nested ones – as encrypted virtual file systems.

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The Encrypted VFS transparently encrypts and decrypts data on-the-fly during uploads and/or downloads, making sure that the files at-rest on the server side are always encrypted. This way you can run your server externally, and still always be sure that who operates the server for you doesn’t have access to your files/backups. This is also a requirement in some cases when your company has to comply to the PCI/DSS or HIPAA regulations. Continue reading