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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Map EMC Atmos Storage as a Local Drive

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EMC Atmos Storage is great if you are a developer looking for a storage solution for your applications or if you are an enterprise that is willing to rewrite your applications to work with the new protocols for cloud storage. But what if you just want to access cloud storage from your desktop with your existing applications?

 
In that case, you need Gladinet Cloud Desktop. It provides a mapped network drive interface to Atmos Storage, making it accessible through a local drive.  This enables users to access and manage files in Atmos Storage exactly as they would if they were stored on their desktop. Gladinet Cloud Desktop also provides backup management services which make it easy to backup important files to Atmos Storage.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gladinet Cloud Desktop vs ZumoDrive

At first glance, these services may seem the same. And there are certainly similarities; after all, both create a drive on your desktop that is actually connected to the cloud. However, there are some important differences. These differences give Gladinet Cloud Desktop users more control of their data and the ability to use any cloud storage service provider. Let’s take a closer look.

One critical concern for cloud storage users is data control. What happens to your data if a dispute arises between you and your service provider? Can they hold your data hostage? What about pricing control? Let’s say it just gets too expensive. How difficult will it be to move your data to a lower cost offering? What happens if the cloud storage company goes out of business or has a service interruption. And even if things run smoothly, just who are the people that have access to your data?

With ZumoDrive, your choice for storage is limited to their service. It is an end-end, closed solution, so your data is only stored on their servers. This can have serious implications for data control and migrating your data to another provider could be difficult.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop, on the other hand, provides a front end for any cloud storage service provider. It turns Windows Explorer into a cloud storage portal where your Gladinet Drive has a folder for each storage service that you have mounted.

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This means you can transfer files or folders between service providers with a simple drag and drop, making migration trivial. It also allows you to create automated backups from local sources to the cloud or from cloud sources to cloud targets. You can backup or upload to multiple targets simultaneously, thereby creating mirrors of your data and less dependence on any single service.

For example, you can backup your documents folder to Google Docs and Windows Azure storage simultaneously; you could backup your Google Docs account to any service provider you choose; you could simultaneously take advantage of every free storage offering.

To further put this in perspective, let’s imagine that you were an Amazon S3 user with 20GB of data stored in their cloud. Now along comes Google with an announcement that they’ve added the capability to upload any file type to their storage. And by the way, its only $5 per year for 20GB! The question for you may not be: “Do I want to move?” Its more likely: “How can I do this easily?” If you were using Gladinet, all you have to do is go to the Gladinet Drive on your desktop and drag your Amazon folder into your Google Docs folder and your migration is done. And if another provider comes along with a better solution, you are free to switch again.

For security, a common issue when discussing cloud services, Gladinet also supports data-at-rest encryption for your files when stored in the cloud so they can only be read by you, on your machine.  Even the service provider will be unable to unencrypt your data.

Finally, Gladinet Cloud Desktop has many optimizations to make it as fast as possible. It always uses the best available protocol to access the cloud storage service. For many, this means REST, but for others WebDav or other protocols\APIs may be leveraged. The product also includes support for FTP and the ability to connect to mount any UNC addressable storage.

For more information about the capabilities of Gladinet Cloud Desktop, visit http://www.gladinet.com

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here Comes Another Azure Drive

I have been using Gladinet Cloud Desktop to map a network drive to the Windows Azure Blob Storage, backing up documents, moving files from PC to PC. The Azure storage looks to me just like another network share on the LAN. If you ask me, where is your Azure Drive? I would point to the Windows Explorer on my local PC.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Migrate to Google Docs and Consolidate Your Storage


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In the IT departments of many companies around the world, data volume is growing exponentially. Every day, companies gather more and more data to meet business and regulatory requirements. This challenge is often met with the  purchase of more and more servers with more and more disks. This creates a data management nightmare which is not only unwieldy but expensive.
It is also unsustainable. Fortunately, there are solutions in the cloud. With the introduction of support for any file type in Google Storage, it is now possible to satisfy the storage needs of your IT department with Google Storage.
Sounds good, but it introduces another problem: it may not be so easy to upload your existing data which may be stored on FTP servers, WebDav servers, and a variety of other file servers. There may even be data stored in other cloud storage services that may be cheaper to house in Google Storage given its industry leading low cost of $.25 per gigabyte per year.
More good news: Gladinet Cloud Desktop makes it incredibly easy to consolidate your data to Google Docs. After installing Gladinet, you can mount storage from many providers, including FTP and WebDav as folders on a local drive. Once this is done, these folders show up in Windows Explorer as shown below:
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Now files can be transferred into Google Docs with a simple drag and drop. For example, after dragging the FTP folder to the Google Docs folder, the following window pops up:
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This allows you to specify the schedule for the upload. The task can be performed immediately in the background, or scheduled to run during off hours, or as a recurring task that is allotted a certain time frame.
After the schedule has been defined for each upload, progress can be monitored in the Gladinet Management Console as shown below:
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Here we see that there are two uploads of thousands of tasks from a WebDav server and an FTP server into Google Storage. And we could have done the same for a local folder or files stored by another provider.
For those who need to move data into the cloud for consolidation or any other reason, migration doesn’t get much easier than that!
More information about Gladinet's support for Google Docs

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Map GDrive (Google Docs) as a Local Drive


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Gladinet Cloud Desktop provides a mapped network drive interface to Google Docs making GDrive accessible through a local drive letter, like G: or any other one that is available. This enables users to access and manage files in Google Storage exactly as they would on their desktop. And with Google Docs new any file type support, any file can be easily transferred (or backed up) to Google Docs.
To mount Google Docs, first launch the mounting wizard from the systray menu for Gladinet Cloud Desktop:
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This launches the wizard. Select Google Docs from the drop down list box on the first page:
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Choose a name for the virtual directory. This is the name for the folder that will appear under “My Gladinet Drive (Z:)” on your desktop. Click next and enter your credentials:
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Click next, verify the information and click Finish:
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Now Google Docs storage is attached to your local drive:
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Now you can transfer an entire drive to Google Docs with a single drag and drop or double click on a document to edit it with a normal Windows application. Google Storage access doesn’t get any simpler than that!


More information about Gladinet's support for Google Docs