FileMaker Cloud

What is the FileMaker Cloud?

With the release of the FileMaker 15 platform, FileMaker launched the new “FileMaker Cloud” service in the USA and Canada. With FileMaker Cloud, it is possible to share FileMaker databases over the internet and access them from any location. The shared databases can be accessed with FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go via WebDirect with an internet browser. As technical basis for this service FileMaker uses Amazon Web Services (AWS). Since March 2017 FileMaker Cloud is also available in Germany using the Amazon data center in Frankfurt.

FileMaker Cloud Admin-Console

FileMaker Cloud Admin Console

For FileMaker Cloud, FileMaker provides an Admin Console that makes it easy to set up database sharing via Amazon Web Services. The Admin Console provides proactive notification of system performance, utilization, and update availability. Logging into the Admin Console is done via OAuth using Amazon Web Services user information. Other features include automatic maintenance that performs any necessary restarts outside of business hours and automatic backups that can be fully or partially restored at any time.

FileMaker Webinar on FileMaker Cloud

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Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2)

To use FileMaker Cloud, an instance of Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) with storage, data transfer and at least 1,000 booked email messages is required.

On this page you can specify in great detail which services you would like to book for your cloud application. For easy setup, Amazon offers ready-made configurations such as “t2.small”, “t2.medium”, “t2.large” etc. To add a new configuration, click the “Add New Row” button in the first table “Compute: Amazon EC2 Instances”. In the column “Type” you can now select a desired configuration.

Accordingly, FileMaker recommends the following configurations of Amazon Elastic Compute (EC2) to use the FileMaker Cloud:

up to 5 users

  • t2.small (1 CPU, 2 GB)
  • t2.medium (2 CPUs, 4 GB)
  • t2.large (2 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • c4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • m4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 16 GB)

up to 10 users

  • t2.medium (2 CPUs, 4 GB)
  • t2.large (2 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • c4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • m4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 16 GB)
  • m4.2xlarge (8 CPUs, 32 GB)

up to 25 users

  • t2.large (2 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • c4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • m4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 16 GB)
  • m4.2xlarge (8 CPUs, 32 GB)
  • m4.4xlarge ( 16 CPUs, 64 GB)

up to 100 users

  • c4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 8 GB)
  • m4.xlarge (4 CPUs, 16 GB)
  • m4.2xlarge (8 CPUs, 32 GB)
  • m4.4xlarge (16 CPUs, 64 GB)
  • m4.10xlarge (40 CPUs, 160 GB)

For the use of WebDirect, FileMaker recommends at least the “t2.medium” tariff. Storage capacity for FileMaker databases can be flexibly added for an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance. By default, each EC2 instance includes 40 GB of storage capacity.

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Markus Schall
Development of FileMaker databases since 1994, modification and extension of FileMaker solutions, conversion of FileMaker databases from .fm, .fp3, .fp5 (FileMaker 2-6) or .fp7 (FileMaker 7-11) to .fmp12 (FileMaker 12-17), interfaces to third-party systems such as online shops, CMS or other databases. Development of individual FileMaker database systems based on the gFM business framework with personal advice from Oldenburg. Operator of the online specialist portal goFileMaker.de, developer of the CRM and merchandise management system gFM-Business. Member of FileMaker Business Alliance, FileMaker Developers Subscription and FMM Expert. Winner of an FMM Award 2011, awarded by the FileMaker Magazine.