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Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Backup beta 3 and later. CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows backup and restore that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. With beta 3 release we added some more exciting features that will make the product even better. Among new features are Backup exclusively locked files using Volume Shadow Copy Technology. You can now for example backup Outlook PST files and you don’t have to shut down Outlook for backup process to run. Command Line interface. This feature will help to integrate backup with your other routines and will open a door for SMBs and OEM partners. Implemented our own scheduler, more robust than Windows Task Scheduler. Multithreaded data transfer dramatically improves backup/ restore task speed. User interface improvements Number of issues fixed We are going to make a number of add... (more)

IceWEB to Participate in U.S. Government Cloud Computing Initiative

IceWEB has announced that it is participating in the U.S. government's cloud computing initiative via the GSA schedule GS-35-F-4143D. The initiative was discussed in a press conference by the Obama Administration on Tuesday, September 15th. John R. Signorello, CEO of IceWEB said of the Initiative, "IceWEB has been providing products and services to the Federal Government for many years. We are excited to see the government responding so adroitly to changes in the technology marketplace and we plan to participate in the Cloud Computing Initiative very actively. Our Iplicity produ... (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)

US Patriot Act: Red Herring?

Download our iPhone app New: Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News Is the US Patriot Act a red herring? Some European countries, as well as Brazil and China, have been using the U.S. Patriot Act as an excuse to set up barriers for the transfer of data into the U.S., but according to Business Software Alliance CEO Robert Holleyman, those countries have similar laws in place that allow them to inspect data when looking for evidence of terrorist activity. The reason for the barriers may be to stall ... (more)

Is OpenStack a New Door to Cloud Adoption?

All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of functionality, the possibilities may be boundless. This week’s announcement of the HP Cloud public beta, an OpenStack-based cloud that includes compute, object storage and a content delivery network, provides even further momentum to this open source effort. With well-known vendors such as HP, Rackspace ... (more)

Cloud Conversation, Thanks Gartner for Saying What Has Been Said

Thank you Gartner for your statements concurring and endorsing the notion of clouds can be viable, however do your homework, welcome to the club. Why am I thanking Gartner? Simple, I appreciate Gartner now saying what has been said for a couple of years hoping it will help to amplify the theme to the Gartner followers and faithful. Gartner: Cloud storage viable option, but proceed carefully Images licensed for use by StorageIO via Atomazul / Sounds like Gartner has come to the same conclusion on what has been said for several years now in posts, articles, keynotes... (more)