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Gladinet Cloud Desktop
Developer(s)Gladinet, Inc.
Initial releaseMay 2009
Stable release4.0.935 / August 16, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-08-16)
Development statusActive
Operating systemWindows
Available inEnglish
TypeCloud storage desktop integration
LicenseProprietary
Websitehttp://www.gladinet.com
 
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Gladinet Cloud Desktop
Developer(s)Gladinet, Inc.
Initial releaseMay 2009
Stable release4.0.935 / August 16, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-08-16)
Development statusActive
Operating systemWindows
Available inEnglish
TypeCloud storage desktop integration
LicenseProprietary
Websitehttp://www.gladinet.com

Gladinet, Inc. is a corporation located in the United States, founded in 2008 with the goal of turning the Internet into a virtual PC by integrating cloud services directly onto a PC desktop. The company believes that this approach is better than using a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox as a cloud client. Gladinet Cloud Desktop is a byproduct of this view and takes the first step towards the goal of a virtual internet PC by implementing a ubiquitous cloud storage client that integrates cloud storage with the Windows file system. This level of integration improves in usability when compared to a browser based client. Files from the cloud are accessed as if they were on a local disk or a mounted network file share. To further enhance usability, Gladinet Cloud Desktop also creates file type associations between web applications and files, whether they are stored on a local disk or in the cloud. Gladinet believes that the web is evolving beyond the browser and that full utilization of the power promised by the Web 3.0 movement, will require an integration between cloud services and the operating system.

Gladinet Cloud Desktop[edit]

In May 2009, the company launched the Gladinet Cloud Desktop product. The product provides a platform for cloud service integration and an SDK which facilitates the creation of plugins to support cloud services like cloud storage. Supported providers include Amazon S3, Google Docs, EMC Atmos, Google Picasa, Box.net, and all WebDav or FTP based providers. In addition to the integration provided by the plugins, the platform provides many features[1] like online backups to a redundant array of cloud storage.

Gladinet Cloud Backup[edit]

Gladinet Cloud Backup was launched first as a stand alone product. It integrates with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to provide snapshot backup to cloud storage services. Later the Gladinet Cloud Backup feature was integrated into Gladinet Cloud Desktop and Gladinet CloudAFS Server. In the Gladinet version 4, Cloud Backup is a Premium Edition feature.

Gladinet Cloud Server[edit]

Gladinet Cloud Server was first launched as Gladinet CloudAFS Server, where AFS stands for Cloud Attached File Server. It is main purpose is to integrate cloud storage service as a virtual file system volume. In the Gladinet version 4, Cloud Server is a Team Edition feature.

Gladinet Cloud for Teams[edit]

Gladinet Cloud for Teams was launched Q4 2011. It provides team collaboration folder, peer sharing based on cloud storage services.

Gladinet Cloud[edit]

In March 2012, all the different Gladinet products are rolled into one single product line, the Gladinet Cloud, with four different editions. Starter Edition and Professional Edition maps to the existing Gladinet Cloud Desktop. Team Edition combines the Gladinet Cloud Server and the Gladinet Cloud for Teams.

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise[edit]

In late 2012, Gladinet Cloud was packaged as an install-able product to allow on-premise deployment.

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