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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.

Sometime ago, I did a simple comparison between EMC Atmos onLine and Amazon S3. In that test, EMC Atmos onLine was slightly ahead in the speed. AT&T Synaptic Storage is backed by EMC Atmos onLine, I would expect to get similar result.

The test is simple, I have a 20M zip file. First I drag and drop the 20M file into Synaptic virtual folder and watch the upload progress in the Gladinet Task Manager and time it from begin to end. Then I repeat the same thing with Amazon S3.




AT&T Synaptic Storage: 128 seconds
Amazon S3: 127 seconds


(Upload Speed: 162KBytes/sec)


This time, the result is much closer than I had last time between the EMC Atmos onLine and S3. Within error, I would say the two are equal.



A PING to synaptic.att.com tells the IP location somewhere in Washington, DC. A speed test shows my connection to a server in DC is about 2.58Mbit/s (>300KBytes/sec). So the bandwidth is not a bottleneck.


I am happy to see the result because I have been looking for an alternative to S3 so I can duplicate my important documents. Now I find it in AT&T.

Grab a copy of the Gladinet Cloud Desktop here and try it yourself.

Visit Gladinet’s Access Solution page for AT&T Synaptic Storage.

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