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Cloud in a loose sense may be used to describe just about anything to do with getting resources from the Internet. In this sense, AOL, FTP may be the first generation of the Cloud Services for the past two decades. In this article, we talk about cloud storage in a sense as something similar to what Amazon S3 is and might compete with Amazon S3. Why Amazon S3? Because it is the earliest in its kind and sets the standard as the following: Pay-as-you-go storage, billed monthly by usage Provides single known public access point over HTTP/HTTPS REST based API Extremely simple design (buckets and blobs) > 99.999999999% durability and >99.99% availability in its Service Level Agreement Create a developer eco system 1. Amazon S3 As stated above, Amazon S3 sets the standards and is in the leaders’ position. It leads its competitors in pricing and features. It also has the bigge... (more)

Map GDrive (Google Docs) as a Local Drive

Google on Ulitzer Gladinet Cloud Desktop provides a mapped network drive interface to Google Docs making GDrive accessible through a local drive letter, like G: or any other one that is available. This enables users to access and manage files in Google Storage exactly as they would on their desktop. And with Google Docs new any file type support, any file can be easily transferred (or backed up) to Google Docs. To mount Google Docs, first launch the mounting wizard from the systray menu for Gladinet Cloud Desktop: This launches the wizard. Select Google Docs from the drop down l... (more)

The Cloud Storage Wars: Windows Azure vs. Google

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’... (more)

Google Storage Enters the Cloud Storage War

Google Storage for Developer was announced at the recent Google I/O event. A closer look at the Google Storage API reveals that it is similar to Amazon S3’s API. This means direct competition between Google Storage and Amazon S3.. 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. We saw S3 playing defensively as the leader. Strong competitive moves should always be blocked. When Azure... (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)