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USING EXTERNAL CLOUD STORAGE FOR FILES AND DATA

LEMUEL N 3 years ago updated 6 months ago 3

I want to know if the enterprise version of Filerun can be set to store uploaded files in a remote cloud storage systems like Google drive, or other storage server apart from the very server/directory where the application is installed.  If the answer is "YES"then can it manage those remote files easily as if the files are also stored with it on same server?

I am asking this in the sense that if in the future there will be need to deploy the application(Filerun) on a separate server and the data files stay on a different server.

I know Filerun has grown to be a robust scripts and i want to know more about it.


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Files located on a remote server will never be managed with the same speed and performance as files located on the same server, for obvious reasons. For that reason FileRun will never add support for remote storage systems.

It is however technically possible to mount remote storage systems as local folders. There are many third-party solutions for that. As long as the connection with the remote server is not too slow, it might work for you. We however do not recommend it.


On a different note, for the people looking to get performance, large storage capacity, and low costs, all at the same time, know that it is not possible. Starting a next Dropbox business by combining FileRun with a $1/month shared hosting account and free Amazon S3 storage or similar, will never work. Much better chances of achieving something similar by getting a dedicated server, for which large capacity hard disk drives nowadays are very cheap.

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Files located on a remote server will never be managed with the same speed and performance as files located on the same server, for obvious reasons. For that reason FileRun will never add support for remote storage systems.

It is however technically possible to mount remote storage systems as local folders. There are many third-party solutions for that. As long as the connection with the remote server is not too slow, it might work for you. We however do not recommend it.


On a different note, for the people looking to get performance, large storage capacity, and low costs, all at the same time, know that it is not possible. Starting a next Dropbox business by combining FileRun with a $1/month shared hosting account and free Amazon S3 storage or similar, will never work. Much better chances of achieving something similar by getting a dedicated server, for which large capacity hard disk drives nowadays are very cheap.

Fully understand the answer. But I liked the idea of managing my remote cloud files / connecting storage to FileRun too [Free Edition] and indeed I used the free Ubuntu 18.04 clients for Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mega, etc and it works great!

Anonymous, 

Where are you hosting your FileRun? At home/work with your own dedicated hardware? Or on the the cloud where storage is expensive? If you are at home/work, then yes, you can keep local copies of all your mounted cloud drives and they get served up instantly. 


It stops making sense if you have to pay for the extra storage on a hosted platform. I tried a remote mount of a Wasabi drive on a hosted system, which keeps a copy of the files on Wasabi until you need them, but it was way too slow for regular use. If I had a need for some kind of archiving function, where FileRun was being used to send files for long term storage, then it could make sense since FR has a great interface. For example, if someone needs to collect thousands of files and then those files can be stored directly onto Wasabi or the like. 


If you have a better approach, please share it!