Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/04/emc_atmos_2/

Atmos 2.0 now shipping

Cloud folder on your Windows desktop

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Cloud, 4th July 2011 08:00 GMT

EMC is now shipping its boosted cloud storage: it's faster, more efficient, and a drag 'n' drop interface for Windows users makes it look like just another folder.

Version 2.0 of the Atmos software is claimed to be 500 percent faster than v1. For protection it stores parts of objects, segments, across distributed Atmos boxes instead of whole objects. EMC says this GeoParity scheme now makes it 65 per cent more efficient at storing and protecting data in a 4-site Atmos deployment than before.

Windows users can now drag and drop files to a GeoDrive, apparently a local drive but actually an Atmos cloud storage facility. EMC says users can "simply install, and in a matter of minutes, transparently begin moving data to the cloud."

There is no mention though, of the promised API to integrate Amazon's S3 service with Atmos.

These three added features will make Atmos a more cost-efficient storage resource for cloud storage service providers and an easier one for their Windows-using customers to take advantage of. ®