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Monday, December 28, 2009

Use Azure Blob Storage From Windows Explorer

After the Gladinet Cloud Desktop 1.4.232 release, it is fairly easy to manage Azure Blob Storage from your Windows Explorer directly.

Feature Highlights:


(1) Map a Network Drive Letter to the Azure Blob Storage
You can map multiple Azure Blob Storage Account as side-by-side virtual folders in the same network drive. You can do drag-and-drop between local drive and the Azure drive.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Windows Azure Blob Storage vs. Amazon S3

This week, Gladinet Cloud Desktop reached version 1.4.2 (build 232). Windows Azure Blob Storage has been officially added to the list of supported Cloud Storage Providers (S3, AT&T, Google …). This means you can map a network drive to the Windows Azure Blob Storage and start using it from Windows Explorer (See this link for detailed How-To information).

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Backup Documents to Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4.232 includes the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their documents to Microsoft Windows Azure Storage. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.

First, select “Backup My Documents” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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Backup Music to Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage

 Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4.2 includes the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their music to Microsoft Windows Azure Storage. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.

First, select “Backup My Music” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com

Backup Pictures to Microsoft Windows Azure with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4.2

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 includes the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their pictures to Microsoft Windows Azure. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Pictures” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select Microsoft Windows Azure or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Backup Documents to EMC Atmos with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their videos to EMC Atmos. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Videos” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select EMC Atmos or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com

Backup Videos to EMC Atmos with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their videos to EMC Atmos. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Videos” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select EMC Atmos or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com

Backup Pictures to AT&T Synaptic Storage with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their pictures to AT&T Synaptic Storage. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.

First, select “Backup My Pictures” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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Backup Pictures to EMC Atmos with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their pictures to EMC Atmos. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Pictures” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select EMC Atmos or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com/

Backup Music to AT&T Synaptic Storage with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their music to AT&T Synaptic Storage. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.

First, select “Backup My Music” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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Backup Music to EMC Atmos with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their music to EMC Atmos. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Music” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select EMC Atmos or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
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For more information, please visit http://www.gladinet.com

Backup Documents to Google Docs with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their documents to Google Docs. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Documents” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select Google Docs or one of its subfolders as the backup location.

Backup Documents to EMC Atmos with Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4 adds the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their documents to EMC Atmos. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use.
First, select “Backup My Documents” from Gladinet Cloud Desktop’s systray menu.
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After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types.
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The second screen of the wizard shows the files and folders which the backup manager’s file finding algorithm will include in the backup set. The algorithm leverages NTFS indexing to find the files quickly. Thousands of files can be located in a couple of seconds. Once these files have been found, the user is given the opportunity to exclude files or folders from the backup set.
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Finally, the user will arrive at the backup storage selection screen where they can select EMC Atmos or one of its subfolders as the backup location.
Backup Atmos Synaptic

Gladinet Enhances Backup Capabilities in Cloud Desktop 1.4

Gladinet Cloud Desktop has always provided advanced backup capabilities including incremental backups and dynamic backup sets. However, these features have always been folder centric. So, after a user selects a folder or a set of folders to be backed up, Cloud Desktop’s backup manager monitors those folders for changes and uploads the changes incrementally. The Gladinet solution also allowed the backup set to be changed as new files or folders are added to folders which already exist in the backup set.

With the release of 1.4, Gladinet has added the capability to define file type based backup sets. This enables users to simply specify the kinds of files that they would like to include in a backup set. For example, if a user wanted to backup all music on the system, they would simply select “Backup My Music” from the systray menu.

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The next step is to specify the file types to be included in the backup set:

Backup Music

Once this has been done, Gladinet Cloud Desktop uses an intelligent algorithm that leverages NTFS indexing to quickly find all music files on the system and adds them to the backup set.

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The obvious advantage of this approach is that users no longer need to worry about which folders contain the files they care about. With the folder based backup, a manual search would have to be performed to make sure that all folders containing music files are included. Additionally, any time a music file is added to the system, it will be added to the backup set no matter which folder contains it. Finally, the user can select which cloud storage services should serve as the backup store. In the following example, the user only has two mounted storage services, but the system supports many others like Google Docs, Google Picasa, Amazon S3, Box.net, etc…

Backup Atmos Synaptic

The enhanced backup management has built in support for Documents, Music, Videos and Pictures and allows the inclusion or exclusion of specific file types. For instance, if a user just wants to backup their excel spreadsheets, they would select “Backup My Documents” and then select the checkbox beside .xls in the wizard.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop version 1.4 enhances support for EMC Atmos, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Google Docs and Google Docs for Google Apps. The enhanced support for Google Docs includes support for shared folders. Finally, Win 7 support has been improved along with the inclusion of several other fixes and usability enhancements.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Version 1.3 - What's New

  1. Cloud Gateway Support - Central Access Point to External Clouds
  2. AT&T Synaptic Storage Support -Map Synaptic Storage As Network Drive
  3. Better Windows 7 Support
  4. New Settings Manager
  5. New Context Menu to Clear Cache and Refresh File
  6. Online Service (Beta) - Share configuration information across your computers

Related Press Release:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cloud Gateway for Amazon S3 and AT&T Synaptic

As the IT director for a small and medium sized company, Joe is thinking about moving some company data to cloud storage. He wants to setup several tiers, some reports go to S3, some go to AT&T Synaptic Storage (2 copies, one site) and some go to Synaptic with 3 copies across two sites. He wants his end users to have a seamless experience when he is moving. Sounds interesting to you? Read on ...

With the release of Version 1.3 Cloud Desktop, Gladinet introduced Cloud Gateway. Cloud Gateway is a file server, backed by different cloud storage providers. From the IT administrator's perspective, they can set it up on a central server and publish folders to users. From an end user's perspective, they just see extra folders on their desktop, when they drop files into the folder, files are going to the Cloud Gateway and onto different cloud storage services later on.

Here is a picture about the difference between connecting directly to the cloud storage or using a gateway.



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Backup My Documents to AT&T Synaptic Storage

Online backup is interesting with the addition of the AT&T Synaptic Storage. The two copies one site or 3 copies in two sites policy differentiates itself from the other cloud storage service providers. With the Gladinet Cloud Desktop 1.3, you can now do a set-it-and-forget-it backup to AT&T Synaptic Storage and take advantage of this offer.

Step 1: You will need to register for an AT&T Synaptic Storage account and mount the storage as a virtual folder. Here is a tutorial for this step.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AT&T Synaptic Storage vs Amazon S3

Today Gladinet Cloud Desktop reached version 1.3, build 206. AT&T Synaptic Storage has been added to the supported list of Cloud Storage Providers. This means you can map a virtual drive to the AT&T Synaptic Storage and start using it from Windows Explorer (See this link for detailed HowTo information).

I have been itching to see how AT&T Synaptic Storage compares to Amazon S3. Since Gladinet Cloud Desktop can map both in as virtual folders in a virtual drive, a quick drag-and-drop upload/download experiment should be easy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

.NET SDK & Windows Azure support Preview

Today we released the .Net SDK beta. It opens the doors for developers to write storage plugins.

One of the most common feature requests was adding more and more storage plugin, such as Flickr, CloudFile and etc. Now the SDK enables more developers to do so and do it with ease in .NET language. We wanted the Gladinet Cloud Desktop to be a platform and now the SDK enables it even more.

Inside the SDK, you will find a storage plugin example for Windows Azure Storage Service. As you see the full source code for the Azure plugin, you know we are also going down the path of open source too. The Windows Azure Storage plugin will find its way into the open source site (such as SourceForge, CodePlex and etc). The Azure Storage plugin will also be fully supported here in a couple of months as a commercial quality plugin with version 1.3.

Check it out at http://www.gladinet.com/p/developer.htm

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Version 1.2 Introduces Google Docs Backup to an Array of Cloud Storage


With the recent introduction of Gladinet Cloud Desktop version 1.2, Gladinet has introduced the ability to create an automatic backup of your Google Docs files to a redundant array of cloud storage. This feature allows you to specify a Google Docs source account, a cloud storage target, and a monitoring interval. You can also specify whether you want to use a designated folder or backup all files. If you choose to use a drop box, any files moved to it will automatically get backed up to Amazon S3, EMC Atmos, Box.net, or whichever service you select. Otherwise, all files in the specified Google Docs account will be backed up by the monitoring thread at the specified interval. In either case, the backups are incremental and will just copy the changes.

Version 1.2 also introduces support for the Windows 7 platform along with the following features and enhancements:

• A New Virtual Directory Manager
• A Simplified Systray Menu
• An Improved Task Manager
• The ability to pause or resume all tasks from the systray menu
• Backup Monitoring Task Optimizations

These enhancements, particularly the Google Docs backup, are examples of Gladinet's desire to leverage its ubiquitous cloud storage client for Windows which is based on an open-platform integration with Google Docs, EMC Atmos, Amazon S3 and many other providers. The platform has been providing users with the ability to create a redundant array of cloud storage to backup the data on their PC or provide external storage. The new Google Docs backup feature is a natural extension which takes the company one step closer to its goal of transforming the Internet into a virtual PC by integrating cloud services directly onto a PC desktop.

Furthermore, these changes give users the peace of mind that comes from increased redundancy and reduced dependence on the reliability or robustness of a single provider. It also provides the flexibility to switch providers without having to worry about moving a large amount of data all at once. The bottom line is that Gladinet's software puts users back in control of their data. Check it out at http://www.gladinet.com/.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sync to Google Docs from Windows Explorer with Gladinet Cloud Desktop

Google Docs offers a hosted storage service for storing files in the cloud. Gladinet, a software vendor, has released a freeware solution called Gladinet Cloud Desktop that makes it easy to sync to Google Docs from Windows Explorer. In fact, Gladinet Cloud Desktop turns Windows Explorer into a cloud storage portal that can easily sync to Google Docs from other storage services or upload files from your desktop to any storage service you choose. Gladinet achieves this through a complete Google Doc integration with your file system.
What is Google Doc File System Integration?
Gladinet Cloud Desktop allows you to mount Google Docs storage as a local folder that looks and behaves the same as any other folder you would access from Windows Explorer.  One neat thing about this support is that you can mix and match storage services, so if you run out of storage from one free provider you can add storage from another free provider. Or, if you need to move files between providers, its as simple as a drag and drop. This is possible because Gladinet’s Google Docs plugin is accompanied by plugins for every other major service provider, all in a single package!
To create the Google Doc integration, we must first mount Google Docs Storage as a local folder. Right click on the Gladinet systray icon and select "Mount Cloud Storage" to launch the wizard that allows us to mount cloud storage.
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Before you can sync to Google Docs, you must enter the credentials for your account. This is done in the next step of the wizard.
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After the completion of this process, your Google Docs Storage can be accessed from a local folder as shown below and you can sync to Google Docs with a drag and drop, cut and paste or use any other native explorer method to sync files to Google Docs. And now you have a complete Google Docs integration with your desktop.
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For more information about Gladinet Cloud Desktop, its Google Docs integration or its integration with any other provider, please visit:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Internal Cloud & EMC Atmos

Thinking about how big corporations and cloud computing fit together, I came across the word "Internal Cloud" when reading more on the EMC Atmos.

While big corporations may not want to move to external cloud for the sake of control, there is a middle ground where they can still take advantage of an internal cloud.

A cloud service comes with a virtualization layer for the distributed computing resources beneath. First, every object has a URL. Second, every object has meta data. Third, every access to the objects is using HTTP/SSL. This layer simplifies many management tasks. For example, Gladinet can insert another virtualization layer, aggregating different cloud services together for the presentation.


For those of you haven't seen EMC Atmos Online, here is a picture of the admin console. You can create multiple users within the same account, as compared to Amazon S3's one S3 per account. Out of the box, Atmos supports a group of users and is fit for an internal cloud deployment.

Imaging later on, other technologies appear to enrich the Atmos layer, such as mapping an Active Directory user to Atmos user; providing single sign-on between NT token and Atmos token; creating SharePoint like collaboration accounts. When it is all done and set, all that left to do is switching the DNS name for the access point. Saves deployment cost, saves management cost. Server side computing. All with an Internal Cloud.

If you have EMC Atmos, you can go on to download the Gladinet Cloud Desktop, map Atmos Online as a virtual network drive and start drag and drop data across.

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Related Link:
EMC Atmos vs Amazon S3

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Amazon S3 vs EMC Atmos

I was looking on the Internet for performance data comparing Amazon S3 and EMC Atmos. Didn't find any so I decide to do a simple test on my own.

Since Gladinet can mount both S3 and Atmos as virtual folders in Windows Explorer, I created a Test Folder on my desktop of 6 zip files, each around 20M for a total of 112M. then drop them into S3 and Atmos sequentially and time it with a stop watch.

My upload speed is around 2.24 Mbits/s. So if the bandwidth is the bottleneck, the upload should be done around 112M*8Bits/2.24 = 400 s ~ 7 Minutes.


Test Results:

EMC Atmos: 13 Minutes
Amazon S3: 15 Minutes

I am delighted to see that my bandwidth is not the bottleneck. It is interesting to see Atmos is faster in my setup. At least it tells me EMC is here for the Cloud Storage game and a little bit of competition is healthy for everyone. Now people can store online data in two different cloud providers. It is good for S3 since it gets more customers that are concerned about single vendor. Vise versa, good for Atmos too.

There are many other factors to make this a serious comparison. Treat it as a fun test instead of a serious test. Good news for cloud storage customers anyway.

(Grab a copy of the Gladinet Cloud Desktop and do a test yourself!)

Related Links:

Tutorial: How-To Map EMC Atmos Online As a Network Drive
Tutorial: How-To Map Amazon S3 As a Network Drive

Friday, June 19, 2009

Version 1.1 Released, What is new?

Build 1.1.133.3813:

  • Mount EMC Atmos Online as a virtual folder, so you can use it as a Windows client for Atmos.

  • Mount Google Docs for Google Apps account, so you can backup your cloud documents back to local PC.

  • Mount Box.net as a virtual folder, so you have more places to put your files and have one more client tool to access Box.net.

  • Mount FTP Server, so you can do in place editing.

  • Mount WebDav folders, so you don't have to remember the long URL everytime.

  • Support S3 European Buckets.

  • Support multi sessions in Terminal Server/Citrix Server environment.

  • New Click-2-Mount Wizard, easier to use.

  • Bug fixes.

Give it a try (http://www.gladinet.com/p/download_starter.htm)and let us know your comments!


Google Docs for Google Apps

Gladinet is running on Google Apps and we like Google Apps. Recently, we added Google Docs support for the Google Apps in our version 1.1 offering. Now you can mount Google Docs as a virtual folder and do drag-drop to backup your important documents both ways between Google Apps and local PC.

This is a significant step toward business use of the Gladinet Cloud Desktop, combined with the additions of EMC Atmos Online, Box.net, FTP and WebDav supports in version 1.1.

The grand vision stays the same, allowing users to access documents and files from anywhere with the Gladinet platform, such as from Amazon S3, EMC Atmos or Google Cloud Services; or FTP, WebDav and other existing places. Looking forward to version 1.2, we are releasing a Gladinet SDK in C#, which will enable even more integrations into the Gladinet platform.

Shortly after, I will document the new features in the version 1.1. Now, for you, Google Apps users, start using Gladinet and enjoy your Google Apps even more.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

EMC Atmos Windows Client

EMC Atmos Online is cool and it is different from Amazon S3. We are happy to announce the support of EMC Atmos Online side by side with Amazon S3, starting build 130 in the version 1.1 RC.

This is an important step to bring a multi-storage backup solution to users. One of a common concern about using cloud storage is a single point of failure or locking into a single vendor. By supporting multiple cloud storage vendors from the groud up, the Gladinet Cloud Desktop software allows you to backup data into multiple storage vendors at the same time.

You can use the Gladinet Backup Manager, select your local files, select both the EMC Atmos Online and the Amazon S3, then select the backup schedule. After that, it will be on auto-piloting to the cloud storage backup.

We saw the news 3 weeks ago about EMC, AT&T partner on 'Atmos' Cloud Storage(http://tinyurl.com/laqyv9). This means version 1.1 will likely to support AT&T as well.

Sign up for an EMC Atmos Online beta account, download the Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.1_rc, you will be among the first few to enjoy the Atmos Cloud Storage as a virtual drive.

Related Links:
Tutorial: How-To Map EMC Atmos Online As a Network Drive
Gladinet Software Download Page

Amazon S3 vs EMC Atmos
Mount AT&T Synaptic Storage As a Virtual Drive

Monday, May 25, 2009

Version 1.0

Version 1.0, build 121 is here and is available on download.com too. There are some new features in the v1.0 as compared to the RC build 109. You will find features like many-to-many backup to backup multiple local folders to multiple cloud storage services; better bandwidth control and better task manager. The focus of the v1.0 is on how to enhance the user experience of transferring data between local PC and remote cloud storage, with a mapped network drive.

V1.0 is a pretty big milestone after the long beta march. We would like to thank our beta users first. We wouldn't have achieved version 1.0 without their feedback and bug reports. For those beta users that have reported issues to us, we would like to give a free v1.0 professional edition license in a couple of weeks. Starter Edition remains free as our contribution to the Internet community.

V1.0 is also a starting point of a long journey to version 3.0, where most software reach a great balance between stability and feature in a complicated software eco system such as Windows. We will continue to improve.

As we were preparing for the V1.0 launch last week, we saw the news of AT&T/EMC entering into the cloud storage business. If Amazon S3 has pushed the idea of cloud storage into the minds of web services developers and business users, AT&T may be able to turn the idea of cloud storage into a household commodity. When the web goes from web 2.0 to web 3.0, when the cloud storage becomes a common practice, Gladinet will be ready to contribute more.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Release Candidate

Today we released build 109, reaching the release candidate milestone. In the past month, we focused primarily on stress testing. For example, I can now download my Google Picasa web albums (5600 pictures, 245 web albums) completely to my other PC overnight without glitch. I can also upload big folders to Amazon S3 as well. I can setup incremental backup of my documents to Google Docs. It is becoming more and more usable.

This is what the Cloud Desktop needs to be. The bridge between the Cloud and the Desktop needs to be reliable. It is a goal that may not be easily achieved, we will need to continue to push the limit. There is always version 3.0.

The most recent Google Docs service glitch also proved that if we can solve the backup problem (such as Google Docs has a local cache copy or an Amazon S3 backup), the service will be more usable. If there is a backup copy into Amazon S3 for Google Docs, there won't be a concern of business continuity when the Google Docs becomes part of the company document infrastructure. The strength of multiple service providers combined can be much bigger than a single one.

Gladinet as an open platform, lays a foundation to support multiple service providers. It takes time for the platform to mature. Reaching release candidate milestone is a good step forward.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Web 2.0 Expo

We had a good show at the web 2.0 expo. Many people stopped by and saw the demo. Some summarized with their own words, such as "local access to my virtual asset" and "seamless integration of all my data into a virtual drive", which were all pretty accurate. One attendee even joked about - "so, it is not c:, it is Cloud:, why don't you change the name to cloud-colon?"

It was interesting to see that it only takes 30 seconds to get the message crossed with the demo. As soon as people saw the click to mount icons in the virtual drive, they nodded and knew what it is.

There are two competing trends going on. One is the local hard drive getting bigger and cheaper. The other is the cloud storage getting bigger and cheaper. As it is now, there is a rough 25:1 ratio between the two. For example, find a mid range laptop/desktop from BestBuy, it may come with a hard drive 250G ~ 640G. Find a free online storage, it may come with 10G-25G.

This 25:1 ratio determines the primary usage pattern for online storage now is backup & sync for a small subset of the local hard drive folders.

There are also two different web contents, one is the traditional web page with the enhancements of AJAX, Adobe Air and Silverlight, which is web 2.0. The other is the web service, including cloud storage services and online applications. The primary content is still the web page now, so the web as people knew is still confined by the browsers. However, as the growth of cloud storage services and the online applications continues, soon people will need a cloud agent outside the browser.

There were also partner interest generated from the web 2.0 expo. As we are getting closer to getting out of the beta stage, we will soon add support for Box.NET, Cloud Files and others. Gladinet is an open platform to deliver. The more we can help to deliver to users' desktop, the more value we can provide to end users.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cloud Storage and Developers

Developers, developers, developers! I still remember this Steve Ballmer video. Even companies as big as Microsoft need more developers.

It is so easy to create a cloud storage nowadays. Sign up for an Amazon S3 account, download a .NET library or a PHP library, you are on your way to a weekend project to kick start your cloud storage offering.

It is a crowded space. Many services are competing at the capacity level, such as 50G - 25G for free. Not many users still look at 2G free offering. This is a no win competition and will drive the margin thin.

To win, it has to come down to the killer apps and the services on top of the storage. For example, if you have Gmail, you were locked into the service and the storage. Whoever offers the best apps stays. Whoever gets the most developers to write apps wins.

We are one of the developers, delivering cloud services to user's desktop. We released the Gladinet Cloud Desktop, build 71 to the web today. It was not easy and we are moving forward, with occasional setbacks. We are happy to start supporting ADrive in build 71.

Using the Gladinet SDK,  you can write your own Cloud Storage Plugin and plug in to the Gladinet framework. Your cloud storage will be accessible as part of the file system.

In the future, cloud storage offers SDKs. Developers offer Value-Adds. Everyone depends on everyone else like the world economy on the Internet.

Related Links:

Gladinet Software Download Page

Gladinet SDK Page

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Better SkyDrive 25G Support - Part II

Build 60 was released to the Gladinet download page today, which completed a two-part effort (build 48/build 60) of integrating the new SkyDrive into Windows Explorer for beta 1.

SkyDrive is really cool, especially with 25G and features like publishing and sharing with friends. Currently there is no Windows Explorer integration from Microsoft so it is hard to migrate multi-gigabytes of content to SkyDrive. We like SkyDrive and we would like to help promoting the usage of it. We went ahead and did the value-add.

With Gladinet Cloud Desktop, beta build 60, you can do these things:

(1) Drag and drop multiple folders into SkyDrive.

(2) Grab a link in IE or Firefox and drop it directly into SkyDrive's Favorite folder. You can grab a folder full of bookmarks into the Favorite folder too.

(3) Go to a different PC, drag a folder out of SkyDrive and back it up to that PC.

(4) Support both Private folders and Public folders.

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Build 60 is a SkyDrive/Amazon S3 focused release. If you are using Google Docs/Picasa, wait for the next release around the end of the month, which will have better support for Google Docs.

Hope the Gladinet Cloud Desktop does a better job for SkyDrive integration this time. Happy New Year 2009!

 

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