With online storage becoming increasingly popular it can get a little frustrating having to deal with the different upload and download systems various service providers use. Some may use dedicated clients, others may offer only web-based solutions, so getting your files to and from your computer to the cloud is more of a hassle than it needs to be. And if you want to transfer files from one service to another things get even more complicated. This is where Gladinet comes in as it offers an application, Cloud Desktop
that provides desktop integration for a variety of cloud services.
"Previously, each cloud storage provider has required a different interface tailored to that particular brand, and this has been highly inconvenient for users," says Jerry Huang, co-owner of Gladinet. "Gladinet's Cloud Desktop is truly revolutionary because, as a ubiquitous cloud storage client, it provides the same features and interface to many cloud storage providers. Plus, the virtual drives, which are then located on your desktop, allow for backups to a redundant array of cloud storage, eliminating the need to rely upon one provider for backup."
While the application isn't perfect, considering the scale of the problem it's trying to solve it can be forgiven for any hiccups it may have. Cloud Desktop offers support for a variety of cloud services from file storage provider Amazon S3, or Google Docs and Gmail to photo sharing services like Google Picasa and even FTP and shared folders on remote PCs. It then provides a unified interface with all of the services showing up as folders in the Gladinet virtual drive, which can be browsed using Windows explorer.
The software is constantly being updated and the latest version comes with some bug fixes but more importantly it comes with a much better upload system that should prove faster, as it doesn't use a local cache anymore, and hopefully more reliable, as the previous iteration did falter occasionally.
The latest version of Gladinet Cloud Desktop, build 220.127.116.1145, can be downloaded here