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    I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW!

    I'd like to add more storage to a server

    I don't want to add a bigger drive

    I just want to rent cloud space and add it to my server as a virtual drive

    Does this exist for little people like me?

    Simon

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    Couldn't help but be reminded of this by that thread title


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    Not sure I understand, to add storage it will have to go somewhere, whether that is adding another drive to a server, buying a NAS that can do iSCSI and offering it out to the server or clouding it.

    You could try compression or upgrading to 2012 and using single instance storage which may give you a chunk more space on the same hardware but other than that I don't think physics allows adding more space without adding any.

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    Oh, you want cloud, I didn't read it properly:
    AWS Storage Gateway - Connecting On-premise to the Cloud

    hope your internet connection is amazingly flawless and vividly fast though.

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    Storage Service | Microsoft Azure

    I think Google's one needs a whole API layer that you have to write yourself.

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    Hybrid cloud storage optimizes cost and data protection | StorSimple | Microsoft

    A server that sits locally with two-tier SSD/spindle storage, that then backs off to Azure as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    I think Google's one needs a whole API layer that you have to write yourself.
    A Google search for "mount google network drive windows" brings up a number of promising-looking links, and Google's storage is currenly the cheapest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Does this exist for little people like me?
    Yes. See ExpanDrive or InSync.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    A Google search for "mount google network drive windows" brings up a number of promising-looking links, and Google's storage is currenly the cheapest.
    I just looked at the vendor sites themselves, if Google couldn't explain itself or its products they miss out on my adding them as options, I am not their marketing department :P

    I was also looking at raw volumes that you could add ACLs etc to rather than a shim over onedrive or gdrive. it depends on the features you need and what you want to do with it.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 20th June 2014 at 07:01 AM.

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    Thanks for all the replies

    Amazon looks a bit pricy (but since they give a free trial I may try it)

    Just tried ExpanDrive on a school server (Only $50 one user license)
    5* for my level of simplicity
    Let me map Z drive to a dropbox account (not the normal one on this server that used for teacher file sharing)
    Properties say I have 14.5 TB available

    BUT
    won't let me share it out over the network
    Now maybe a bit of trickiery with hard links might work?????
    but at least it could be useful for server use as it offered a lot of cloud services to utilise

    Simon

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    Just tried Insync
    Looks to be just a method of better using Google Drive and not a cloud drive unfortunately

    Simon

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    14.5TB on Dropbox?!

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    There may be a bit of mis-reporting by the utility

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