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We opened up an Internet poll last week about which cloud storage do you use. The poll will continue to be open for vote at Gladinet blog. The early results are interesting. It looks like many readers are familiar with Google Docs and Microsoft Windows SkyDrive. Not surprising since both Google and Microsoft are big brand names. Both services are free. Both services were introduced long ago (Google Docs in 2006 and SkyDrive in 2007) It is interesting to see Amazon S3 has a big lead over the rest of the crowd, especially over Windows Azure Storage. It is possible that Windows Azure brand the whole cloud computing under Windows Azure, instead of brand individual components like the Amazon S3, Amazon EC2 and etc. People may be more familiar with Windows Azure as it is in Visual Studio 2010 and don’t actually think of Windows Azure Storage as a separate offering. When t... (more)

Amazon Cloud Drive Windows Integration

Amazon Cloud Drive is cool.  It is secure and reliable cloud storage from the same company that created Amazon S3, which hosts over 262 Billion objects. Amazon Cloud Drive used from Windows Explorer as a local drive with a drive letter is even cooler. This article shows how to integrate Amazon Cloud Drive into Windows as a mapped network drive letter to support the BASIC cloud storage use cases: Backup local folders and files to Amazon Cloud Drive Access Amazon Cloud Drive with a drive letter and drag/drop capability. Sync folders and files across multiple PC, leveraging Amazon Cloud ... (more)

Backup Documents to Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo 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. 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. The second screen of the wizard shows... (more)

Windows Azure Blob Storage vs. Amazon S3

Amazon Session at Cloud Expo 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,e tc.) 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). As always, every time we add a new storage provider integration, we would compare it to the existing ones, such as Amazon S3. Since Gladinet Cloud Desktop can map both as virtual folders in a networ... (more)

Backup to Windows Azure Storage in 3 Easy Steps

Azure at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Azure was in Public Preview for quite some time now. In our previous posts about Windows Azure, we went directly into how to map a network drive to Azure Blob Storage and start setting up backup tasks to Azure Storage. We didn’t mention exactly how to acquire a Windows Azure account since it was invitation only. Yesterday, Windows Azure was transitioned from Public Preview mode to Full Production mode. It took me a while to understand how to setup the Azure account and start using the Azure Storage. I will share the steps here in this... (more)