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SwiftStack is deployed at many marquee customers to help manage their data at Petabyte scale. Most our customers access their data in SwiftStack clusters using APIs – SwiftStack supports both the AWS S3 and the Swift APIs. These APIs are extremely powerful and useful for programmatic access to the data in SwiftStack clusters. These APIs are great for application owners and storage admins, but are not as useful to a non-technical end user who just needs a simple way to access and manage their data.

This is the problem that the SwiftStack Client addresses. It is a simple, but powerful GUI client that an end user can use to view, upload, download, share, and manage their data in a SwiftStack cluster. It is simple enough that any user – technical or non-technical – should be able to use it. For example, uploading a file is as simple as dragging and dropping it into the browser window.

You can download a single file at a time or simply choose multiple files to download at a single shot.

For those end-users who are not used to a flat namespace of an object storage system, we have even added a hierarchical view – simple turn it on and you will see a more familiar view that you may be used to seeing on your Mac or Windows computer.

The SwiftStack Client goes beyond providing just a simple user interface to view and download your data. For example, it makes file sharing a breeze – just select a file, click on “Temp URLs” to create a temporary URL that you can share with someone to allow them to download that file.  You can even decide on how long that file is sharable by editing the expiry date for the link.

While this initial v1.0 release of the SwiftStack Client will be very useful for our end users, we are not done. We have a full roadmap and plan to continue to add new and useful features to the SwiftStack Client going forward. Our vision is to continue to evolve the Client to add features to help user manage their data. For example, given the right permissions, in the future a user could use the Client to initiate archiving their data to the public cloud.

Try it out — it is free to use, and fully supported by SwiftStack. If you have feedback, you can send it to us directly in the Client UI.

For an overview demo of the SwiftStack Client, check out this video hosted by Joe Arnold, our Chief Product Officer:

 

You can download the SwiftStack client from swiftstack.com/downloads. If you don’t have a SwiftStack cluster set up yet, you can go to swiftstack.com/test-drive and sign up to test drive SwiftStack for free in your own environment.

About Author

Hiren Chandiramani

Hiren Chandiramani

Hiren is a veteran of the technology industry, and currently leads Product Management at SwiftStack. Prior to SwiftStack, Hiren lead the Product Management team for Campus Networking at Cisco in India, and held various Product and Marketing roles at Brocade, VMware, Network Appliance, and HP. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.