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With the release of Gladinet Cloud Desktop version 2.4, Rackspace CloudFiles is now supported. With Gladinet Cloud Desktop, you can map a network drive to Rackspace CloudFiles and do drag and drop transfers. You can sync a local folder’s content to Rackspace CloudFiles. You can also e...
Gladinet Cloud Access Suite now reached version 2.4. New Service Providers Supported This release adds support for Rackspace CloudFiles, OpenStack Object Storage, CAStor Storage and Google Apps Premier. This adds to the long list of cloud storage service providers that the Gladinet...
When you have a 6-person branch office or a 8-person sales team, you have a need to share documents with everyone and you don’t have a big budget for on-site IT department. This is when cloud storage comes in handy. There are multiple ways to
Cloud Storage has many benefits, one of them being Content Delivery. By nature, objects inside cloud storage have URLs. With URLs, it is easy to integrate these objects with Content Delivery Network and deliver the objects to edge locations around the world. We kicked start the Cloud ...
Recent reports have shown that companies are shying away from the public cloud due to security concerns, but how accurate are the results and what, if any, are the alternatives? A committee of CIOs met in Singapore last week. The committee compromised of C-Level executives from the ...
When you hear of Windows Azure Storage, you may be thinking it is a developer’s storage. First of all, you may see it in action from Visual Studio 2010. Second, you may be hearing it together with a geeky term – Azure Blob Storage. Since you are not a developer, you dismiss it and walk...
Cloud Storage is a natural fit for Disaster recovery. It could also be the most prominent use case for cloud storage because the storage is offsite and faster than tape. Step 1 – Find a Cloud Storage Provider Many will pick either Amazon S3 or Rackspace CloudFiles. These two are th...
As the CIO, you have been thinking about Cloud Storage for sometime. How to best leverage the capability and cut cost? How to plan for the long term with integration and migration? There are many questions to answer. This article will discuss
Google Docs is a very comprehensive online office suite and collaboration tools. It is feature rich but it is browser only, meaning you will have to operate it from within a web browser. It is good that it is browser only so you don’t have to install any software. It is bad that it ...
If Cloud Storage is new to you, Cloud Storage Gateway is newer. Cloud storage could be a natural fit for disaster recovery and offsite backup. Cloud Storage Gateway or just Cloud Gateway can be the simple solution you are looking for to leverage different cloud storage services. Sinc...
About a quarter ago, EMC announced that it will no longer be supporting “production usage” of its Atmos Online cloud storage service. Instead, EMC encourage existing customers to move to its cloud storage service partners, such as AT&T Synaptic Storage, Peer 1 CloudOne and etc. That g...
The basic principle of growing the business is finding the best person to get the job done, with reasonable cost. That is why the payroll is outsourced to ADP; In-house Email Server replaced by Google Apps Premier; Business contacts are managed by Salesforce.com. Your in-house data st...
Today we announced the ‘Home Directory’ support for Gladinet CloudAFS 2, which works with major cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, AT&T Synaptic Storage, EMC Atmos, Google Storage, Mezeo, Nirvanix, Peer1 and Windows Azure. The Gladinet development team is also working on the Ra...
Cloud storage market is inherently divided. If you are in US, you may be using Amazon S3. If you are an AT&T customer, you may be using Synaptic Storage. If you are in Germany, the privacy law may require data not leaving the country boundary.
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Operating System. Just like DOS started with Disk (disk operating system), Windows Azure starts with Azure Storage. Storage is the foundation of every OS. Wouldn’t it be cool that you can move your local folders and files into Windows Azure, and lat...
Just a week after our blog post on the telcos, we find another big company joining the cloud computing tsunami – Oracle’s announcement of its “cloud in a box” offering as well as new offerings of Oracle software running on Amazon’s EC2. For a company whos...
If Cloud is anything to do with resources from the Internet, FTP servers were much earlier than the cloud as we know now, defined by Amazon S3, Rackspace CloudFiles, Windows Azure, AT&T Synaptic Storage and so on. If you are using a FTP server for offsite backup or content share alrea...
What are Amazon S3 buckets? They are containers full of storage objects. How can you access them? There is AWS (Amazon Web Service) Management Console Web Interface
What is one Terabyte? It is 1024 GB or the same size as the hard drive comes with your Mid to High-end PC nowadays or a low-end PC comes tomorrow. What does it cost to store that on Amazon S3? It is $150 per month. It doesn’t sound like much, does it? Now you have 100 employees. Eac...
Cloud Storage is cheap, typically around 15 cents/GB/month for 99% uptime and 99.9999% durability. What is cheaper? Local hard drive! You can get a 250G Western Digital drive for $69.99. If you have to replace it every two years, it is 1 cents/GB/month. Local hard drive is 10 times ...
We opened up an Internet poll last week about which cloud storage do you use. The poll will continue to be open for vote at Gladinet blog. The early results are interesting. It looks like many readers are familiar with Google Docs and Microsoft Windows SkyDrive. Not surprising since b...
I just read that my hosting company, GoDaddy, is on the auction block to be sold to the highest bidder. Naturally, I’m thinking of how this change of ownership could adversely affect the service of my web sites, blogs, and virtual servers. One never really knows until the new owners t...
When people trying to understand the buckets the first time, they think of them as top level folders. It is kind of right. You have your Amazon S3 account and the first level of objects you see are these top level containers – buckets. As Amazon S3 grows in popularity, we need to to...
In this release, users can directly mount an Amazon S3 bucket. The advantages of mounting a bucket, instead of S3 as a whole include: Support for all Amazon regions, including US, US West, Europe and Asia Pacific. Can add files in the root of the mounted virtual directory, while Ama...
In the past when I felt that a document was important, I would email it to my Gmail account and label it with “important document”. After all, it has over 7G free space and growing. Now there are more choices. First is the Google Docs account can be used for storage. Second is the Goo...
In the age of cloud computing, who are the early adopters? Is the desktop trending towards something simple like an iPad or a Chrome OS? Or is it trending towards Octa-Core/Windows 8/30’’ LCD super computing machine? Which kind of user
You may be a personal Google account user, with a standard gmail.com account. You may be a Google Apps account user, with a mycomany-domain.com account hosted by Google Apps. If you have a Google Apps email account such as
Expanding on the " introduction to cloud computing" article, here are some additional suggestions for choosing a cloud service model provider. In a typical Cloud Computing data centre, an application set will generally be hosted over Virtual Machines running on a large number of P...
Offsite backup is like backing up to external drive. As long as the drive is there, people will use it to backup stuff. Some will do on-demand drag and drop of important documents. Some will go buy a $50 backup software to automate the process. Bigger
  If cloud storage is like hard drive, people will use it like a hard drive. When I have a hard drive, I knew the free space is growing smaller and smaller. Eventually  it is full, crying for a bigger one. However, when it
In the eyes of cloud storage service providers such as Google Storage, any On-Ramps tools, desktop clients, edge devices or appliance that can talk to Google Storage is a gateway. In the eyes of end users or IT admin, a cloud gateway refers to a central access point that does the tran...
What is the easiest way to access Amazon S3,
SkyDrive is cool with 25G free online storage. It is like a virtual key drive to keep files handy without worrying where you have put the key chains. As long as you have your hotmail or MSN messenger credentials ready, you can get in and get out of
What are the most desired features for offsite backup to Windows Azure? Maybe Backup Exec with the ability to backup to Windows Azure Storage. For this purpose, you can use Gladinet CloudAFS
If C in the middle of ABCD is the Cloud Storage, it is surrounded by A, B and Ds to form a cloud storage solution suite.
Google has 3 different kind of storage. Google Storage as in the Google Picasa and Google Docs for a Gmail user. Google Storage as in the Google Apps. Google Storage for Developers as an Amazon S3 Competitor.
There are many factors affecting cloud storage speed, such as the Internet pipe between you and the data center that is hosting the storage; how scalable the service provider is; how many user are using it at the same time and etc? We can do
As a continued research of Cloud Storage speed test, this time the test is moved to EC2. From an EC2 instance, the
Google Docs is an online application, with web-based word processor, spreadsheet editor and presentation tools. Google Docs is also an online storage. One of the unique differentiator is that it is very cheap at 25 cents per GB per year. It