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Windows Azure Blob Storage vs. Amazon S3

I am happy to see the result because the more cloud service providers are available, such as Amazon S3 and Windows Azure Storage

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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).

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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 network drive, a quick drag-and-drop upload/download experiment should be easy.

Sometime ago, I did a simple comparison between EMC Atmos onLine and Amazon S3. I also did a simple comparison between AT&T Synaptic Storage and Amazon S3.

The performance data are pretty much in line with one and other, with the bottleneck on the server end (in the Cloud). I would expect Azure Storage to be in line as well. Let's begin ...

The test is simple, I have a 27M zip file that I first drag and drop into a folder under Amazon S3 and watch the upload progress in the Gladinet Task Manager, timing it from begin to end. Then I repeat the same thing with Windows Azure Blob Storage.

Amazon S3: 176 seconds
Windows Azure Blob Storage
: 175 seconds
(Upload Speed: 154 KBytes/sec)

It is very interesting to see the results are so close when knowing the two cloud storage providers are completely different. The servers hosting the data are completely different and the IP routes are different. There must be some kind of server side tool to throttle the speed of a single connection to a certain number. Maybe an expert of the cloud server end can explain this.

A speed test shows my upload speed to a random server in US is 3.97Mbit/s (  ~ 490KBytes/sec).

So this means my upload pipe is much wider than 154 KBytes/sec, meaning my computer and the internet connection are not bottlenecks.

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I am happy to see the result because the more cloud service providers are available, such as Amazon S3, Windows Azure Storage and the AT&T Synaptic Storage, the more choices the consumers like myself has.

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Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.

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