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Atmos and Gladinet

by on Jun.23, 2009, under Storage

Atmos and Gladinet

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A couple of days ago I was intrigued to read the following over on the Gladinet blog. EMC Atmos Online is cool and it is different from Amazon S3. We are happy to announce the support of EMC Atmos Online…

A couple of days ago I was intrigued to read the following over on the Gladinet blog.

EMC Atmos Online is cool and it is different from Amazon S3. We are happy to announce the support of EMC Atmos Online side by side with Amazon S3, starting build 130 in the version 1.1 RC.
This is an important step to bring a multi-storage backup solution to users. One of a common concern about using cloud storage is a single point of failure or locking into a single vendor. By supporting multiple cloud storage vendors from the groud up, the Gladinet Cloud Desktop software allows you to backup data into multiple storage vendors at the same time.

I already had an Atmos onLine account so tonight I decided to give Gladinet Cloud Desktop a whirl. First impressions are that it’s pretty impressive and very easy to use even if it doesn’t fully conform to the desktop paradigm it’s trying to copy. Using the Task Manager in freebie starter edition I downloaded you can see the cloud specific operations, object creations, modifications and deletions running in the background as you point and click drag and drop on the desktop. That being said it’s heterogeneous so you can bounce your data from cloud provider to cloud provider via your desktop.

GladinetSelect Set up was easy. Download and install the binary (Windows only at the moment) select the cloud service you wish to use, provide it with credentials and it’ll login to the cloud provider and attach itself to a mount point you specify as a virtual directory. In reality what it appears to be doing is using the mount point as a store and forward location, it then updates the state with a refresh as background communication tasks with the cloud services occur. So when you drag and drop to your Atmos “drive” in the background Gladinet is working with objects via communication with the Atmos cloud.

All in all an interesting little product and useful for those of us who don’t fancy writing our own applications to communicate with these online storage services. If you’re interested you can get your Atmos onLine login here, and your Gladinet Cloud Desktop download here.

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