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Azure Sessions at Cloud Expo So much happened in January 2010 for the cloud storage world. First was the Windows Azure Platform went from public preview to full production. Second was Google Docs opened up  for any file type upload/download, effectively making it a GDrive in the cloud. How would these affect you? This article will compare the two cloud storage offerings from price, speed, usability, service level agreement and to developer support. 1. Price Google’s storage cost = 25c / Gigabyte / year = 2c / Gigabyte / month. There is no additional transfer cost. Windows Azure’s storage cost is at 15c / Gigabyte / month. There is additional cost for transfer data in and out. Note: Google storage is clearly cheaper, about 10 times cheaper. 2. Speed We will use Gladinet Cloud Desktop to map both in a virtual drive in Windows Explorer and compare the time it takes to... (more)

Cloud Storage Becoming a Commodity

Hard drive is a commodity. Whether it is IDE, EIDE or SATA, you buy the right one and you can plug it directly into your computer. A commodity is a good for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market. Commodities are substances that come out of the earth and maintain roughly a universal price Quote - Wikipedia Cloud Storage is becoming a commodity. The pricing is becoming similar with the interface becoming similar too across cloud storage vendors. There are three layers in the cloud storage stack: cloud storage software facing th... (more)

How to Backup to Windows Azure

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Operating System. Just like DOS started with Disk (disk operating system), Windows Azure starts with Azure Storage. Storage is the foundation of every OS. Wouldn’t it be cool that you can move your local folders and files into Windows Azure, and later you can use it for your Azure based applications? Step 1 - Sign Up The journey starts at the Microsoft Online Service customer portal, where you will authorize Microsoft to charge you based on your monthly Azure consumption, including the Azure Storage.   Step 2 – Account Management Next stop is t... (more)

Rackspace Cloud Files vs. Amazon S3 vs. Azure

As usual, when the support of a new cloud storage service provider is added to the Gladinet platform, we will do basic speed test against supported service providers to see how they compares to each other. This time we will compare Rackspace Cloud Files with Amazon S3 and Windows Azure Blob Storage. The Test Gladinet Cloud Desktop is used for the test. Cloud Files, Amazon S3 and Azure storage accounts are mounted into Windows Explorer as virtual folders. The test is simple, From Windows Explorer, a 28M file is drag and dropped into each service provider’s virtual folder. A stop ... (more)

Backup to Peer1 CloudOne Cloud Storage

Peer1 CloudOne is an EMC Atmos based cloud storage service. It has been on the market for quite some time now. If you have file servers hosted by Peer1, using CloudOne to backup the servers makes a lot of sense. First you can signup with Peer1 CloudOne Cloud Storage at this link: Let’s say you want to backup folders and SQL Server on the file server to Peer1 CloudOne cloud storage, you can use Gladinet Cloud Backup to get it done.   You can use the familiar Virtual Directory Mounting wizard to mount Peer1. ‘ In the following dialog, the Full Token ID is an Atmos terminology. The... (more)