FileMaker Cloud (BYOL)

*IMPORTANT: The free trial is available through hourly pricing only.* FileMaker Cloud provides secure, reliable access to your custom apps in the cloud -- all without the administrative hassle. Get the simplicity and performance you've come to expect from the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server. With FileMaker Cloud you'll get low cost of entry, speedy deployment, minimal administrative overhead, instant scalability, and more. You'll be up and running in 20 minutes or less since no hardware or software needs to be installed and se... See more

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Getting Better All The Time

  • By E. Gries, Aim High St. Louis
  • on 09/05/2017

I work for a small nonprofit organization and have no formal experience or training with creating databases or hosting solutions. FileMaker Cloud had a 9 minute YouTube video that does a very good job walking the user through the initial set up process. FileMaker Cloud comes with a 90 day SSL certificate which is great, but I had a lot of trouble going through the process of getting a new one installed. I've spoken to the FileMaker Cloud team and they are now making it so the user can renew their SSL certificate from the console which is a very beneficial step. I'm also interested in connecting my database with Tableau, and while that is not currently an option, I'm told it will be very soon. I'm very happy with the product and how receptive FileMaker is to clients' needs.

Steady Incremental Improvements

  • By ABD Enterprises
  • on 06/05/2017

As a consultant, this product meets most of my own business needs. As the product develops, it will answer all of my business needs. I think it's reasonable to expect this product to meet my advanced technical needs in the next 12 months or so (After this' review's posting).

For the average FileMaker customer, there's some technical savvy that's required to derive the best cost/benefit ratio from the AWS platform, but setting up an instance of FM Server in the Cloud (at standard instance pricing) is very easy, even for the average FileMaker customer.

This a solid 1.0 product offering. In the next 12 months, I can see this product meeting the needs of many of my clients at a very competitive price point.

Simplified setup and hosting of Filemaker

  • By Marnik Braeckevelt
  • on 04/12/2017

Filemaker Cloud makes it really easy to host your own Filemaker files without the need to know everything of how to run a server and make people access it. Additionally maintenance is the easiest way possible and you never have to worry about upgrades. The setup process is pretty much seamless and works straight out of the box.

Good effort in a good direction.

  • By RC
  • on 04/04/2017

I understand FileMaker to be a product intended to simplify the process of creating custom apps for non-professional programmers. Having a way to host those custom apps, without needing to manage hardware and server software, and without relying on a third -party provider, is an attractive option to a non-professional programmer. So as a concept, I think FileMaker Cloud is a solid idea, and I'm glad to see FileMaker moving in this direction.

That said, navigating the setup process involves a lot of research and complicated processes. I suppose it's simpler than some of the alternatives (short of paying somebody else to do it) but it does not feel like an optimized process, nor a simple thing to understand before diving in.

For example, I had a few issues figuring out billing. The variety of purchasing options is a bit overwhelming, and I first chose an hourly subscription. It took my first bill to learn that hourly billing equals all of the hours my instance was active, not all of the hours I used my hosted file. I tried to figure out where I had overlooked an explanation of how hourly billing worked, and, to my defense, concluded that it was all but impossible for a non-expert to anticipate.

I also found the number of new products and new accounts to be a hassle. Comodo SSL certificates, instances, instance types, AWS accounts, key pairs... there are probably a few more I am forgetting. These are things that may be familiar territory for an expert, but if FileMaker is supposed to be a tool for non-professionals... it is a bit much.

But my overall experience was positive, and that was for two reasons. The first, is that the product works. Once I got setup, it's been smooth sailing. The Admin console is well-designed and I have had no issues. And the second reason is that customer support has been excellent. FileMaker, AWS and Orbitera offered prompt and intelligent support and it leaves me with the impression that everybody is trying hard to put customers first, and to make this new offering better.

So overall, I think it's a good first effort in a good direction. Once the setup process is simplified, it will deserve 5 stars.

A Great Way to Host FileMaker Solutions on the Cloud

  • By Chris Peterson, CEO PayGo POS
  • on 03/21/2017

Our company has been wanting to offer our customizable FileMaker retail product on the cloud for many years. FileMaker Cloud has provided a great platform in which to do this.

It makes setting up a cloud server much easier than if we had to do it manually. It's quick and straightforward and because it's linux-based, it's very affordable compared to Windows-based instances.

We've also found the performance to be dependable and solid. The admin console is also very clean and easy to learn and use.



A great choice for many FileMaker systems

  • By Greg Lane, Skeleton Key
  • on 11/12/2016

FileMaker Cloud has quickly become our first choice for offsite hosting for many of our clients. There are some limitations compared to FileMaker Server, like no scheduled scripts, limited access to backups, availability of plugins, no external authentication, and no CWP. However, for many of our clients, FileMaker Cloud is a great fit. We love how easy it is to set up and maintain as well as the ability to scale the instance size up or down to find the best balance of performance and price.

We prefer the BYOL version because it allows us to purchase the best license type and quantity for each client.

Performance and reliability have been great so far.

Piece of cake license migration

  • By Automation USA
  • on 10/21/2016

Entirely web and email driven process to transfer your license, took less than 5 minutes to complete. Didn't have to dial any phone numbers or wait in queue. Smoothest, easiest, way to get up on running on FileMaker Cloud using your existing license.

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