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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.