Thursday, May 20, 2010
Year 2010 is already interesting for the Cloud Storage wars. S3 is still enjoying a commanding lead. Windows Azure came full release. EMC Atmos came full release too at the EMC World earlier this month. Now seven days later the Google Storage came.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
From an S3 developer’s perspective, it looks almost exactly like S3’s RESTful API, with several twists. From a Google Data API developer’s perspective, it looks different from the existing Google Docs APIs.
Here is a quote from the Google Storage for Developers site:
InteroperabilityGoogle Storage is interoperable with a large number of cloud storage tools and libraries that work with services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Eucalyptus Systems, Inc. To use these tools and libraries, all you have to do is change the request endpoint (URI) that the tool or library uses so it points to the Google Storage URI, and configure the tool or library to use your Google Storage developer keys.
This is great news for Gladinet customers, especially those who are interested in commercial IT applications. Gladinet specializes in effective integration with storage service providers through their REST APIs, so you won’t have to be a developer or hire developers to leverage Google Storage when it is released. Those who are familiar with Gladinet Cloud Desktop are undoubtedly aware of its existing ability to map Google Docs as a network drive. Combined with its ability to map services from other providers, this means that migration from Amazon S3 to Google Storage is as simple as a drag and drop.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
For Small and Medium businesses (SMBs), having hundreds of public clouds to pick from is a very good news. Businesses can continue to drive the infrastructure cost down by leveraging the clouds and focusing on the key competency of the business. As shown below, AT&T Synaptic Storage is one of the biggest public cloud built on EMC Atmos technology. Anyone can sign up for an account and start using it immediately.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
S3 may be busy defending while EMC Atmos and Windows Azure are playing offense. What kind of offensive marketing strategy have we seen? As marketing guru will predict: Find a weakness in the leader’s strength and attack at the point.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
CloudAFS™ and Cloud Desktop complement each other to provide IT professionals with a complete access solution for their AT&T Synaptic users. Whether the needs involve expanding storage space, replacing tape backup systems, or supporting various local or remote access scenarios, Gladinet has the answer.
Monday, May 10, 2010
The combination of CloudAFS and Cloud Desktop provides IT professionals with a complete access solution for their EMC Atmos users. Whether the needs involve expanding storage space, replacing tape backup systems, or supporting various local or remote access scenarios, Gladinet has the answer.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
However, Cloud Gateway is still an important part of the CloudAFS. This tutorial covers how to configure CloudAFS as a Cloud Gateway for the Gladinet Cloud Desktop clients.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Windows Azure as a cloud service platform has gone commercial since January this year. Azure Storage is one of the key offering, providing pay-as-you-go cloud storage for your organization.
Thinking about how to best leverage the Azure offering for your company? Being faced with the challenge of providing access to Azure Storage for a group of Active Directory users? Or perhaps your existing file server needs to be upgraded or replaced. In either case, attaching Azure Blob Storage to your file server and publishing it to your user groups can address these issues.
Gladinet CloudAFS (Cloud Attached File Server) allows you to do just that. It also gives users the ability to access the attached, published cloud storage using CIFS. Here’s how:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Cloud Storage Services
2010 could be the year of cloud storage and cloud services. Consider the recent developments: Amazon’s expansion of the Asia Pacific Region (along with the US and EU regions) for S3; Google’s addition of support for any file type in January; the official release of Windows Azure Storage in February; the strengthening of the strategic partnership between EMC Atmos Online and AT&T Synaptic Storage; the important new partnership between Nirvanix and Commvault; and Mezeo has signed up several new hosting partners.
Clearly, there’s lots of cloud buzz. As shown in the following Google Trend graph about "cloud storage", Cloud Storage search volume tripled in less than a year.
Fig 1: Google Trend of Cloud Storage
Desktop Access To the Cloud
A common theme of cloud storage services is that they all provide some API (Application Programming Interface) over HTTP. For Cloud Storage to be as popular today as FTP for the past decade, it needs to have native desktop access to remote storage. Nobody wants to code a Ruby script or a .NET application just to get some simple transfer done using the API.
For consumers, this means that a mapped network drive to cloud storage is perfect. However, SMBs may prefer to have cloud storage attached to their existing IT infrastructure, such as file servers. These SMB users can use native CIFS/NFS connectivity to connect to the cloud through the file server. Attaching cloud storage to the file server makes it easy for SMBs to leverage cloud storage and to extend current infrastructure. Is your file server cloud ready?
Attach Cloud Storage to the File Server
The idea of attaching storage volumes to a file server while exposing it as disks to the OS is not new. This is what Windows Server 2003 or 2008 does when you use it as a file server. Attaching cloud storage to Windows 2003/2008 Servers is transparent to the users, adds cloud storage capacity, and you can backup the file server to the cloud.
From Ubiquitous Client To CloudAFS
Gladinet's effort is to combine different cloud storage services and bind them to the Windows OS. In the case of Cloud Desktop, the end result is a ubiquitous client that turns Windows Explorer into a Storage Portal. . All the supported cloud storage services are mountable within a single virtual network drive with a locally accessible drive letter.
As a natural extension, the cloud network drive can be moved to the server side and attached to the file server. Cloud Attached File Server => CloudAFS! Now your file server is cloud ready and your organization can leverage cloud storage immediately, without any disruption of workflow or interruption in service.
Fig 2: Accessing Cloud Storage via a network drive
Fig.3 Accessing Cloud Storage via a file server
For SMBs that are looking for a quick way to leverage cloud storage and to enhance the existing storage infrastructure in the company, attaching Cloud Storage to a file server and publishing CIFS/NFS shares to end users is a good way to go.