FileShadow releases macOS desktop app, archiving local files to its cloud file assurance service

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FileShadow released the FileShadow Desktop App. The app aggregates files stored in Apple iCloud with other cloud storage systems, along with local and direct attached storage (DAS), including Drobo direct attached appliances with support for the newly announced Drobo 8D. With this addition, FileShadow now connects the majority of all cloud and macOS storage options into one secure cloud vault, delivering a single consolidated catalog of files.

With the FileShadow Desktop App, files and photos placed in iCloud from a Mac, a browser, an iPhone, or any Apple device can become part of the FileShadow archive.

“We are the only cloud service that integrates Apple iCloud files into a comprehensive cloud storage archive system,” said Tyrone Pike, President and CEO of FileShadow. “With our Desktop App, macOS users can now have machine learning tools for searching and retrieving their cloud files.”

In addition to macOS desktop (including iCloud Drive files and iCloud Photos), FileShadow archives and catalogs photos and files across multiple cloud storage, desktop and NAS/DAS platforms, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s Lightroom solutions, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and Drobo network and direct attached storage (NAS/DAS) devices.

The service generates metadata for each file, including location (GPS), optical character recognition (OCR) and machine learning (ML) generated tags for photographic images. For example, a search for the term “sailing” will pull up images of sailboats that have been tagged by machine learning (ML) or can find a scanned contract that includes the words “sailing” or a related term such as “harbor.” By using machine learning, FileShadow provides search capabilities, allowing the user to find files in mere seconds.

“FileShadow offers individuals and small businesses the machine learning power of large, enterprise content management systems for their personal cloud file storage,” said Jeff Looman, FileShadow’s VP of Engineering. “FileShadow provides an enterprise-level archive and backup that tracks and stores all revisions, even if a file is deleted from a linked account.”

FileShadow does not replace users’ existing cloud storage systems; it connects them together. The system allows the user to maintain and search their data in a single place instead of across multiple platforms where their data may be lost or forgotten. FileShadow is the provider that bridges 95 percent of the cloud storage environment.

The service archives each revision and generation of every file, regardless of whether or not it was retained in the original, linked cloud storage system—providing a specific system of record for all files stored in each cloud storage account.

FileShadow delivers “11 Nines” of durability, assuring that assets stored on the user’s Apple iCloud will be accessible through the FileShadow Desktop App, protected in a secure cloud vault, and available for a lifetime.

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