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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 Azure Storage. 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 this article. 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)

Why Cloud Storage Gateway Is not Enough

If Cloud Storage is new to you, Cloud Storage Gateway is newer. Cloud storage could be a natural fit for disaster recovery and offsite backup. Cloud Storage Gateway or just Cloud Gateway can be the simple solution you are looking for to leverage different cloud storage services. As defined in wiki: A cloud storage gateway is a network appliance or server which resides at the customer premises and translates cloud storage APIs such as SOAP or REST to block-based storage protocols such as iSCSI or Fibre Channel or file-based interfaces such as NFS or CIFS. – Old Trick... (more)

Amazon S3 and Amazon Cloud Drive Working Together

Amazon S3 has been on the market since 2006. It is an excellent cloud storage service, mostly for developers and independent software vendors (ISV) to integrate into their products and resell to end users. It was less known as a consumer product but getting more popular as an online storage solution, together with the ISV’s products. Amazon Cloud Drive is brand new, about 3 weeks old, a new entry into the market as a consumer product. It is an online storage and also an online music streaming service. It is also built on top of Amazon S3 itself. If you are an Amazon S3 customer a... (more)

Backup Documents to Microsoft Windows Azure Blob Storage

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo Gladinet Cloud Desktop v1.4.232 includes the capability to define file type based backup sets. This gives users the ability to easily backup their documents to Microsoft Windows Azure Storage. As shown below, the user interface is very easy to use. First, select "Backup My Documents" from Gladinet Cloud Desktop's systray menu. After doing this, a backup wizard will appear. The first page allows selection of a name for the backup task and the included extensions. It also allows the addition of additional file types. The second screen of the wizard shows... (more)

Is Amazon S3 Expensive?

What is one Terabyte? It is 1024 GB or the same size as the hard drive comes with your Mid to High-end PC nowadays or a low-end PC comes tomorrow. What does it cost to store that on Amazon S3? It is $150 per month. It doesn’t sound like much, does it? Now you have 100 employees. Each has 1TB storage to store over time. If it is still on Amazon S3, it is $15,000 per month. Still doesn’t sound like much? I don’t think so. If you have 500 employees and spend $75,000 per month on S3 storage, that is about $1M for storage cost annually. So is Amazon S3 expensive? It depends. For regu... (more)