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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)

CloudAFS Provides EMC Atmos Access via CIFS or NFS

Publishing an EMC Atmos Folder and Assigning Users Cloud Attached File Servers map cloud storage to virtual directories of a network drive just like Gladinet Cloud Desktop. The most important difference is that a virtual directory on a CloudAFS server can be accessed by multiple remote clients that are running Gladinet Cloud Desktop or a CIFS (net use) client. Before this can be done, the virtual directory, or one of its subfolders needs to be published. Once the folder has been published, users must be assigned to the folder and granted permission to access it. Publishing the EMC... (more)

Cloud Storage Land Grab: S3, EMC Atmos or Windows Azure

Cloud storage wasn’t well known until Amazon popularized it with S3. S3 is still ahead of competition, while competitors like EMC Atmos and Windows Azure are quickly closing in. Windows Azure went from beta to release in February this year. EMC makes major marketing push for the Atmos offering at the EMC World this week. They are all competing for the cloud storage king position. 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 st... (more)

Cloud Storage & Local Hard Drive

Cloud Storage is cheap, typically around 15 cents/GB/month for 99% uptime and 99.9999% durability. What is cheaper? Local hard drive! You can get a 250G Western Digital drive for $69.99.  If you have to replace it every two years, it is 1 cents/GB/month.  Local hard drive is 10 times cheaper and many times faster. Well, I know, this is not a fair comparison. With cloud storage, you get offsite storage, you get anywhere access and you get unlimited storage provisioned right when you need it and the list can go on and on. However, this 10 to 1 cost ratio does bring up a valid argume... (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)