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Map EMC Atmos Storage as a Local Drive

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EMC Atmos Storage is great if you are a developer looking for a storage solution for your applications or if you are an enterprise that is willing to rewrite your applications to work with the new protocols for cloud storage. But what if you just want to access cloud storage from your desktop with your existing applications?
In that case, you need Gladinet Cloud Desktop. It provides a mapped network drive interface to Atmos Storage, making it accessible through a local drive.  This enables users to access and manage files in Atmos Storage exactly as they would if they were stored on their desktop. Gladinet Cloud Desktop also provides backup management services which make it easy to backup important files to Atmos Storage.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop vs ZumoDrive

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At first glance, these services may seem the same. And there are certainly similarities; after all, both create a drive on your desktop that is actually connected to the cloud. However, there are some important differences. These differences give Gladinet Cloud Desktop users more control of their data and the ability to use any cloud storage service provider. Let’s take a closer look.One critical concern for cloud storage users is data control. What happens to your data if a dispute arises between you and your service provider? Can they hold your data hostage? What about pricing control? Let’s say it just gets too expensive. How difficult will it be to move your data to a lower cost offering? What happens if the cloud storage company goes out of business or has a service interruption. And even if things run smoothly, just who are the people that have access to your data?With ZumoDrive, your choice for storage is limited to their service. It is an end-end, closed solution, so your data…

Here Comes Another Azure Drive

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I have been using Gladinet Cloud Desktop to map a network drive to the Windows Azure Blob Storage, backing up documents, moving files from PC to PC. The Azure storage looks to me just like another network share on the LAN. If you ask me, where is your Azure Drive? I would point to the Windows Explorer on my local PC.




Migrate to Google Docs and Consolidate Your Storage

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In the IT departments of many companies around the world, data volume is growing exponentially. Every day, companies gather more and more data to meet business and regulatory requirements. This challenge is often met with the  purchase of more and more servers with more and more disks. This creates a data management nightmare which is not only unwieldy but expensive.
It is also unsustainable. Fortunately, there are solutions in the cloud. With the introduction of support for any file type in Google Storage, it is now possible to satisfy the storage needs of your IT department with Google Storage.
Sounds good, but it introduces another problem: it may not be so easy to upload your existing data which may be stored on FTP servers, WebDav servers, and a variety of other file servers. There may even be data stored in other cloud storage services that may be cheaper to house in Google Storage given its industry leading low cost of $.25 per gigabyte per year.
More good news: Gladinet Clou…

Map GDrive (Google Docs) as a Local Drive

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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 list box on the first page:

Choose a name for the virtual directory. This is the name for the folder that will appear under “My Gladinet Drive (Z:)” on your desktop. Click next and enter your credentials:

Click next, verify the information and click Finish:

Now Google Docs storage is attached to your local drive:

Now you can transfer an entire drive to Google Docs with a single drag and drop or double click on …