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Google Apps is getting popular. With email, documents and many other services integrated together, it gives Small and Medium sized business (SMB) an excellent cloud infrastructure to run business. This article discuss desktop connectivity for Google Docs business users. For SMBs, typi...
In a recent news, Dell, Opscode and Rackspace demonstrated at the third annual Cloud Connect conference that it is possible to provision an OpenStack cloud from bare metal hardware in one hour. - eWeek. It showed that it is very practical to deploy a scalable storage and compute cloud...
Gladinet has reached over 750,000 downloads and many users have reached out to Gladinet and send us their feedbacks. When working with these customers, we can see what they want to do with Cloud Storage Services and summarize several significant cloud storage use cases and requirements...
Windows Azure Storage is getting more popular and more and more Gladinet customers are using Azure Storage now. One of the primary use case for Windows Azure Storage is Online Backup. It is pretty cool to have your local documents and folders backup to Windows Azure, inside data cente...
EMC Atmos is a cloud storage infrastructure. Atmos can be used by telecom service providers as an in-data-center cloud storage infrastructure. Atmos can also be used by private companies as an on-premise cloud storage. Its use case is as wide as you can imaging with any cloud storage s...
Synaptic Storage is AT&T’s Storage as a Service offering. It is one of the public cloud storage service, offering scalable, pay-per-use data storage you can access anywhere. It has be in the market for over a year now. However, it is not plug and play like other AT&T services such as ...
Windows Azure Blob Storage is one of the cloud storage service. When you have a Windows Azure Blob Storage account, there are many things you can do. You can map a network drive to it so for direct access from your desktop; you can backup files to it for off site access. Those were alr...
You have started using Google Docs and you liked it. Overtime you moved more and more documents into Google Docs and it is turned into one of you main document management site. Now you started to wonder the what ifs. What if the online account was compromised. What if you forgot the pa...
Amazon S3 is getting more and more popular. Two years ago it was only known to the developers community. However, because of its leadership position in the cloud storage category, it got viral and now many small business owners are knowing it and thinking about leveraging it for more ...
If you want to use cloud storage from your desktop, what are the primary use cases? In another word, what will be the most valuable applications for you, when you can have cloud storage directly on your desktop? You want to use cloud storage from a virtual network drive with drag and...
We released Gladinet Cloud Desktop 3.0 this morning. It is a pretty big milestone as version 3.0 typically marks the maturity of a piece of software. If version 1 were to test the market acceptance and start collecting feedback, and version 2 were the start of incorporating user feedb...
In a recent Amazon Web Services Blog titled '”Amazon s3 – Bigger and Busier Than Ever”, it documented Amazon S3’s amazing growth from 0 in 2006 to over 262 billion objects now. As we plot the same numbers on an Excel graph and apply an exponential trend line, it shows Amazon S3 grows ...
Rackspace-led OpenStack open source cloud computing initiative hits its six-month milestone when the Internap XIPCloud launched last month, leveraging the open source cloud. It is an interesting development as we have seen open source projects like Apache taking on Windows IIS and Li...
Nearly everyone who is in this business has big ideas: dreams of the ideal project – the one you would implement if you only had access to unlimited resources with none of the corporate constraints that are part and parcel of working for a large enterprise. Nothing wrong with dreaming ...
About 10 days ago, Rackspace launched UK Cloud. Even though it is under the same Rackspace Cloud brand, it is like a different cloud company in the eyes of software vendors. For example, the existing tools that connect to Rackspace Cloud Files US will need to be enhanced to support the...
This is part 2 of a 3-piece tutorial introducing the Gladinet Cloud Access Solutions to the Internap XIPCloud storage. Internap XIPCloud Storage is the latest public cloud storage that opens to the public. It is currently in beta stage and the signup is self serving. You can signup at...
Internap XIPCloud is the latest cloud storage offering that is open to the public. It is a public cloud and you can sign up for the service pretty easily at http://internap.com. As usual, when a new cloud service came out, we will use Gladinet Cloud Desktop to test its upload and down...
OpenStack Object Storage is an open source software for creating scalable cloud storage solutions. It's open source nature makes it very attractive to service providers. For example, in the recent news (Computer World), Internap is offering a new public cloud storage service that it bu...
Introducing the cloud “point of purchase” - the magical spot where the consumer and provider meet. As product manager at ScaleUp, one of my top jobs is to make sure our cloud management platform has as much impact as possible at what we call the cloud "point of purchase". This is t...
Rackspace Cloud Files is a good cloud storage choice. Rackspace will host your data inside its data centers and allow you to use the online storage over the Internet – thus cloud storage for you. File server replacement is one of the main cloud storage use case. Basically you can atta...
First of all, Intel Hybrid Cloud is a physical server that is going to be placed on-premise at the customer side. Inside the physical server, there could be multiple virtual machines. The cloud twist comes from the management services placed on the server and the virtual machines. Wit...
It is Jan 1st, 2011! Happy new year to everyone that is interested in Cloud Storage and Gladinet! Looking back to year 2010, Gladinet went from a single product (Cloud Desktop) to a suite of products, including CloudAFS (server product), Cloud Backup (backup product) and Cloud Space (...
OpenStack Object Storage is cloud storage services created by open source software. For service providers that need a cloud storage service built on commodity hardware and open source software, OpenStack could be an option. One of cloud storage’s primary use case is backup. If you ar...
What is your #1 used application on a daily basis? It is probably email and the answer could be universal. What is your #2 used application on a daily basis? It is likely to be Office related applications but the answer could be different based on your job functionality. If you have ...
As I was explaining Gladinet CloudAFS to a group of IT people as a file server with cloud storage attached, one question I got was: "How much bandwidth you need to run file server with cloud storage?"
It is still early for the cloud-related market. However, cloud related topics are buzzing around and that make people wonder: what exactly is it so exciting? For example, today there is a WSJ article titled “Google Goes to the Cloud for New Idea in PC System” that talks about Chrome O...
Today we got calls from two different customers, all asking about the Google Docs for your file server use case. I thought it is interesting to have different customers asking the same thing. It could be a popular use case to write about. Both customers are small companies with 5-10 ...
Every SQL Server admin knows how to back up SQL Server. It is a very mature technology since SQL Server 2005 because it has built-in support for Volume Shadow Copy Service. It knows how to take a consistent snapshot of the database and produce the snapshot as files for backup applicati...
Year 2010 was a busy year for cloud storage. The buzz reached a whole new level when you saw companies like Microsoft, Google and EMC announcing new service offerings around cloud storage. Amazon S3 reached over 100 billion objects in 2010. It continues to be the leader of cloud stora...
The CloudScaling blog scores something of a coup with its interview of Netflix’ Cloud Architect, Adrian Cockcroft. As everyone should know, NetFlix moved its core business application to Amazon Web Services, including “encoding movies for streaming, log analysis, production...
As quoted from the OpenStack web site: OpenStack Object Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of accessible data. To summarize in a different way, it is open source software to buil...
When Google Storage for Developer came out, it came out with an Amazon S3 compatible API. There are also other service providers do the same thing. The logic was simple. If Amazon S3 is the leader, by providing an S3 compatible API, the cloud storage provider attracts existing S3 comm...
“If I have Amazon S3, do I still need Google Storage?”, a customer asked us during a support call. The mind was drawing blank that moment, and after a few seconds, the answer was ‘no’ as it slipped off my tongue. That could be a typical moment when you were asked a question that you n...
Your SMB company spans several sites, each site has its own data storage solution like a NAS device. It is good initially but overtime, the remote site becomes data-silos that are disconnected and can’t be shared across company easily. The
As usual, when the support of a new cloud storage service provider is added to the Gladinet platform, we will do basic speed test against supported service providers to see how they compares to each other. This time we will compare Rackspace Cloud Files with Amazon S3 and Windows Azur...
If you have a Google Storage for Developers account (through invitation only), good for you because you can continue to use the 100GB free storage as long as Google Storage is still in preview mode. If you don’t have a Google Storage for Developers account already, you can sign up wit...
Yesterday I received a Google Storage for Developer Update email from the Google Storage Team. Here is a quote from the email: Thank you for using Google Storage for Developers. We write today to make sure you're aware that we've changed our service. Increased Account Limi...
Enterprises must take appropriate steps to integrate governance, risk management and compliance as part of their modus operandi. A main source of contention within IT governance, is the use of multiple vendors for IT resources, where the objectives of vendors may not necessarily align ...
When you have people working from home or visiting customers, you have a mobile worker. Traditional way of providing mobile worker support is through VPN, virtual private network, which is before we saw the Cloud Storage revolution. There are problems that VPN can’t solve. For example...