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
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
Hopefully, in 3 big steps, you will be using your Azure Blob Storage from
Windows Explorer and smooth sailing thereafter.
Step 1: Activate windows Azure Subscription
Instead of the invitation only mode in Public Preview, you can now activate
your Windows Azure subscription from the ... (more)
As I was explaining Gladinet CloudAFS to a group of IT people as a file
server with cloud storage attached, one question I got was:
How much bandwidth you need to run file server with cloud storage?
It is very obvious where the concern is coming from. If I had an on-premise
file server, with cloud storage attached as tier 2 storage, will the slowness
of the Internet (as compared to LAN) slow down the file server activities?
Rest assured, Gladinet CloudAFS takes care of this. Specifically, it takes
care of two issues.
A. Slow Internet to the Cloud Storage – that is why it is tier2 s... (more)
If you want to use cloud storage from your desktop, what are the primary use
In another word, what will be the most valuable applications for you, when
you can have cloud storage directly on your desktop?
Use Case 1 – A Cloud Storage Drive
You want to use cloud storage from a virtual network drive with drag and drop
capability and the ability to save directly from windows applications.
Use Case 2 – Online Backup
You want to backup files and folders, music and video to online cloud
storage. Sometimes you want to do a mirror backup to mirror a local folder
into cloud storag... (more)
You have a file server for your team to share. You have heard of cloud
storage and the leading service such as Amazon S3. Now you are considering
how to extend your file server with cloud storage services.
There are several objectives to combine a file server with cloud storage
First, you want your team to continue to have the same user experience with
the file server since they are already familiar with the file server.
Second, you will like to extend the file server’s capacity with cloud
storage so you don’t need to buy internal hard drives.
Third, possibly ... (more)
You may have several important folders on the windows server that you want to
protect online. Also as part of the cloud adoption strategy, you need the
near term protection turned into a long term cloud migration. With these
goals, it makes sense to mirror these important folders into a cloud storage
service such as Windows Azure Storage or Amazon S3. In the near term, it
fulfills the off-site backup purpose. In the long run, you can migrate your
storage to these cloud storage services since your data is there over time.
This tutorial focuses on Windows Azure Storage and how to se... (more)