Monday, July 25, 2011

Cloud Turtle File Explorer For Amazon S3, Nirvanix and Timeline Cloud

Cloud Turtle is a new free desktop utility to upload, download, explore and manage files on three different cloud storage services - Amazon S3, Nirvanix and Timeline Cloud. The software can multi-task operations such as upload, download and delete. It has a simple, dynamic user interface that can be changed to your preferred layout, it throttles bandwidth, contains a complete history log, has auto retry of failed tasks, and can pause and resume uploads and downloads.

Sure you must have heard of Amazon S3 services, and some of you must be using it too. But Nirvanix? Timeline Cloud? Don’t feel stupid when I tell you that Nirvanix is the oldest and one of the first Internet cloud storage service. You don’t hear it mention as often as Dropbox and Amazon S3 is because Nirvanix is not meant to be used for personal file storage or website backup. Nirvanix is designed specifically for enterprises with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy levels with absolutely no downtime. Hence it’s quite expensive.

Timeline Cloud, on the other hand, is relatively new entrant to the cloud storage space but they have a solid backup from Genie9 Corporation, the company behind the Genie Timeline backup tool. Timeline Cloud features the usual cloud-based backup tools, in addition to some unique features such as the Cloud Disaster Recovery, which makes it possible to restore a computer to an earlier backup state via the internet or network. Timeline Cloud uses Amazon S3 for its backend.

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Cloud Turtle allows you to connect to all the three storage services. Each service has specific features and the program itself has different set of features that help you easily access all of your data stored in these locations.

General Features

  • Cloud Turtle can multi-task operations such as upload, download and delete.
  • Multi-threaded download and upload
  • Cloud Turtle can pause and resume upload and download
  • Cloud Turtle can be set to auto retry failed tasks in case of a failed connection
  • Cloud Turtle has a simple, dynamic user interface that can be changed to your preferred layout
  • Cloud Turtle can throttle bandwidth usage
  • Cloud Turtle saves your layout and tasks for next time
  • Complete history log

Amazon S3 Specific Features

  • Can upload, download and delete objects and buckets
  • The ability to set bucket policies
  • Cloud Turtle can set http headers for objects
  • Ability to set the ACL (Access Control List) settings for objects and buckets
  • Ability to set the logging so that the bucket can write logs on another bucket
  • Ability to create buckets and folders
  • Ability to get web URLs and properties for buckets and objects
  • Ability to stream music and videos
  • Ability to rename objects

Nirvanix Specific Features

  • Cloud Turtle can upload, download and delete files and folders
  • Create, delete and edit users from your master account
  • Ability to stream music and videos
  • Ability to view your documents in Google Docs
  • Cloud Turtle embeds wild card search in the search function
  • Ability to rename your files and folders
  • Ability to get web URLs and properties for files
  • Ability to view, edit and delete metadata of your files

Timeline Cloud Specific Features

  • Cloud Turtle can restore your backed up files
  • Cloud Turtle can search backed up files and folders
  • Ability to stream backed up music and videos (even if encrypted)
  • Ability to view all users under your account
  • View and access all backed up files and folders
  • Access encrypted files (requires encryption key)

Related: Gladinet – Desktop client for cloud storage services

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