Why migrate from Pydio 8 to Cells?

Still a user of Pydio 8, or Pydio 6 or even AjaXplorer? Learn why you should migrate to Pydio Cells now.

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Pydio 8 is no longer maintained!

Founded almost ten years ago, Pydio (formerly known as AjaXplorer) was written in PHP. After years of loyal services, this technological stack showed its limitations to safely share files on-premises. To keep at pace for handling more and more files, that are getting bigger and bigger, the Pydio Team decided to write a brand new software in 2018 using the GO language. Pydio Cells was born.

Maintaining two codebases up-to-date both in term of features and vulnerability patches represents a tremendous amount of work. As Pydio PHP version is end-of-life since 31/12/2019, running it in production on your servers may represent a security risk for your company! Not to speak about AjaXplorer 3.X... Please stop using this, you are already at risk. 

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Welcome to the future

GO language (#golang) is a modern network-oriented language written by Google. Ever heard of Docker or Kubernetes? They are written in Go.

Pydio Cells pre-compiled binary provides all the features required. No more need to install tons of dependencies on top of Pydio to enjoy a 100% feature set. It even ships with a webserver.

Remember having hard-times with Pydio 8 upgrades? This is all over as Cells upgrades are entirely automated and safe and consist of a simple binary replacement and restart.

Cells is ready to handle the load : each file can be up to 5TB, datasources are indexed at the speed of light and Cells micro-service architecture makes it easy to switch from a single-node deployment to many nodes orchestrated in a data centers.

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Your users will not be lost

Pydio Cells web interface has been mostly ported from Pydio 8. For your end-users, screens and features will look very familiar and the transition should be easy.

Browsing files, online previews and online collaborations are similar to Pydio 8. Sharing features are similar as well, except folders shared internally with collaborators will now appear as Cells to your users. 

CellsSync, written in Go as well, now replaces PydioSync. Speaking the same language as its server counter-part makes it more robust, more efficient and easier to maintain.

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Administrative features on steroid

As for end-users, transition for administrators is smooth and familiar. Users managements, workspaces and ACLs are handled in the same way as they were in Pydio 8. Nothing changes (at first sight)! 

Workspaces are decoupled from their underlying storage (datasources), and you can set up advanced security rules to compute ACLs dynamically based on connection network, users browsers or files extensions... 

Visualize advanced audit reports to monitor who is accessing what at anytime, connect multiple AD/LDAP directories or setup SSO using OAuth2 protocol, OpenID Connect or SAML. These are just a small part of Pydio Cells new features...

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A dedicated import tool for migration

As going from Pydio 8 to Pydio Cells is not a simple upgrade but a migration process, we've developed a dedicated tool for importing all data from your existing instance to a new Pydio Cells.

Import users, groups, ACLs and workspaces, shares and metadata automatically. The tool queries the Pydio 8 REST API and is non-intrusive : you can test the migration while keeping your current server live.

There are show-stoppers : if you rely on the Pydio samba driver (access.smb) and cannot move on to an NFS mount, or if you rely on PostgreSQL and cannot switch to MySQL or MariaDB, Cells do not support these features.

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Ready to switch to Pydio Cells?

If your Pydio 8 instance is a large deployment or if your company has important compliance and security rules, our support team can surely help. Please drop us a line if you want a full diagnosis of your current installation.
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